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Jones, Cleak, O'Meara Lead Mustangs on Third Day of MPSF Championships

Jones, Cleak, O'Meara Lead Mustangs on Third Day of MPSF Championships

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — A trio of sixth-place individual finishes from seniors on Friday evening helped lift the Cal Poly women's swimming and diving team above San Diego and into sixth place heading into the final day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

The Mustangs, now with 225.5 points, moved ahead of the Toreros' 207, and are now just 2.5 back of Pacific for fifth place coming into Saturday's last installment of the four-day meet taking place at two different locations in southern California.

Cal Poly's duo of divers who consistently led the team throughout the regular season both advanced to the championship final of Friday's 3-meter competition.

At the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Meaghan O'Meara placed sixth, posting a six-dive score of 253.80 for 13 points in the team column. Fellow senior Sami McIntyre was eighth, compiling a total of 229.00 to pick up 11 more points.

Later in the evening, peaking at the right time, every Mustang swimmer who scored did so with a season-best time in their respective events at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.

Jill Jones (pictured at right) finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1 minute, 50.14 seconds to earn 13 points.

Additionally, for the second day in a row, Rachel Cleak also made it to a championship race representing the Mustangs.

Cleak finished sixth in the 100 butterfly, at 55.48 seconds, for 13 points. Sophomore teammate Taylor Guy came in eighth, at 55.64, for 11.

Cal Poly sophomore Gabby Lindblad added 11 points with an eighth-place swim in the 100 breaststroke (in 1:04.74). Sophomore Allison de Peralta also tallied seven points thanks to a 10th-place showing in the 100 back, clocking a 56.38. In the 400 individual medley, sophomore Nicole Antoniuk was 11th (at 4:27.15, for six points), just in front of senior Amanda Maffris in 12th (4:27.32, for five).

At the end of the night, Peralta, Lindblad, Cleak and Jones teamed to finish the 400 medley relay in 3:46.96, edging Hawai'i (3:47.21) for 26 points as opposed to 24.

The meet is continually being live-streamed at this link.

(The Cal Poly men's team is off until Feb. 26-March 8, when the Pac-12 Championships will be held at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.)