MONTEREY PARK and PASADENA, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's swimming team broke the school 200-yard medley relay record Wednesday night, highlighting the opening day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships for the Mustangs in East Los Angeles College Stadium.
The squad of junior Mickey Mackle, senior Jimmy Deiparine, freshman Shannon Fong and sophomore Caleb Davies (shown at right in a file photo) combined to clock a time of 1 minute, 28.59 seconds, good for fourth place and nearly a half-second (0.49) faster than the previous all-time program standard, which was timed in 2010.
At the end of the evening, the Cal Poly 800 freestyle foursome of sophomores Austin Cunniff, Alex Behnam and Jack Jenner, and junior Dustin Bolt, posted a fifth-place finish at 6:39.42.
In the women's 200 medley relay, junior Allison de Peralta, freshman Sage Speak, and fellow juniors Taylor Guy and Alisha Bender teamed for a sixth-place 1:43.80 (just 0.69 seconds off a record in their own right).
Then in the 800 free, freshmen Bonnie Diamond, Sophia Kuvan and Sammi Campbell, along with Bender anchoring, swam to a fifth-place 7:26.10.
Earlier in the day, at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, freshman Lauren Pierce led the Mustang divers in the women's 1-meter competition, compiling a six-round score of 192.40 (4.6 points away from advancing to the consolation final), followed by senior teammate Olivia Salvatore-King's 149.80.
Competition at the championships will continue through Saturday.
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