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Deiparine, Hopen Share Part in Cal Poly Swimming History at Pac-12 Finals

Deiparine, Hopen Share Part in Cal Poly Swimming History at Pac-12 Finals

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — For the third day in a row, the Cal Poly men's swimming team broke a school record at the Pac-12 Conference Championships. Friday night's third day of competition at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center also saw three Mustang juniors qualify with B standards for upcoming NCAA Championships eligibility.

The latest record-breaker came in the 100-yard breaststroke — twice.

Junior teammates Mackey Hopen and Jimmy Deiparine, each of whom are swimming at a familiar facility (as they both prepped at different Evergreen State high schools), traded the record with one another on the same day.

Hopen grabbed it first in the prelims, as his time of 53.94 seconds broke his own year-old program standard in the event. In the process, he tied Utah senior Ken Tiltges and Arizona sophomore Andrew Sovero for ninth place, a mere eight-hundredths shy of clinching a spot in the championship lanes.

In the evening, though, Deiparine (pictured at right) came back to cut two-hundredths off the hours-old record, as he finished 12th overall (fourth in the B final), at 53.92.

Hopen was two spots back, finishing at 54.56. (Deiparine ultimately picked up five points, while Hopen added three.)

Earlier in the day, swimming in the B final of the 400 individual medley, another junior, Paolo Stanchi, earned two points with a 15th-place finish, at 3:52.29.

In all, Stanchi's time made him the fifth Mustang to provisionally qualify for the national championship meet, which will be held from March 27-29 at Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center.

The Mustangs wrapped up the night with a seventh-place finish in the 400 medley relay, as Stanchi, Deiparine, sophomore Mickey Mackle and freshman Caleb Davies teamed up to touch the wall in 3:18.16.

With the last day remaining, Cal Poly is in eighth place heading into the finale, with 113 points (just 12 back of Blue-Green Rival UC Santa Barbara).

Saturday's races include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1,650 free and 400 free relay. The Pac-12 Network will televise an hour-and-a-half presentation of the meet at 7:30 p.m. March 10.