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Diamond's 1,000 Free Time Highlights Across-the-Board Cal Poly Sweep

Diamond's 1,000 Free Time Highlights Across-the-Board Cal Poly Sweep

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. and LOS ANGELES — The Cal Poly swimming program won all 30 events at Anderson Aquatic Center on Saturday, dominating UC Santa Cruz during its first competitive action in nearly two months, while their teammates opened the Bruin Diving Invitational simultaneously taking place at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center.

The Mustangs won 176-81 on the men's side and 174-99 on the women's at the tune-up for the upcoming Blue-Green Rivalry dual meet at home against UC Santa Barbara.

Bonnie Diamond, despite not having a seeded time in the women's 1,000-yard freestyle heading into the day, won in 10 minutes, 25.30 seconds — the fourth-fastest in school history.

The true freshman also touched the wall first at the 500 mark (in 5:04.82) amid what became the eighth consecutive team sweep of the Banana Slugs.

Another freshman, Sage Speak, also won multiple times, taking the 100 breast (at 1:05.94), 200 breast (2:20.32) and 400 individual medley (4:32.81); as did junior Alisha Bender in the 100 (53.07) and 200 (1:54.74) freestyles.

Among the men, three raced to two victories apiece:
- sophomore Caleb Davies (pictured at right) in the 100 breast (59.09) and 100 free (46.61)
- junior Mickey Mackle in the 50 free (21.56) and 200 breast (2:04.69)
- and freshman Zach Cootes in the 200 back (1:56.79) and 400 IM (4:09.39)

For the divers, freshman Lauren Pierce paced Cal Poly by compiling a six-round 3-meter score of 216.30, good for 28th place in the prelims. Meanwhile on the men's 1-meter board, fellow freshman Brady Shutt finished with a ninth-place total of 420.15. That meet will continue through Monday.

The full squad will be back in the water for the regular-season finale (also Senior Day) versus the Gauchos at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.