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Davies Breaks Cal Poly Sprint Freestyle Record at MPSF Championships

Davies Breaks Cal Poly Sprint Freestyle Record at MPSF Championships

MONTEREY PARK and PASADENA, Calif. — Competing on the second day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships, sophomore Caleb Davies broke the Cal Poly record for the 50-yard freestyle in East Los Angeles College Stadium on Thursday, meeting the B standard in (provisionally) qualifying for the upcoming NCAA Championships.

In the morning, Davies came in third in the prelims, touching the wall at 20.13 seconds, not only safely ahead of this year's national-meet cutoff of 20.19, but also 16 hundredths faster than David LaFlamme's old standard of 20.29, which was clocked in 2010.

Last fall at the Arena Invitational, Davies actually had an anchor relay split of 19.55, but now he officially owns both school sprint records (coming on the heels of his 44.70 for the 100 earlier this season).

It was the second consecutive day in which the Mustangs broke a school mark. (Davies also had a part in the first, anchoring the 200 medley relay squad on Wednesday night.)

Davies (shown at right), a former top-16-ranked national high school All-American, came back in the championship final Thursday to post a 20.17, holding up at third place. UC Santa Barbara senior Wade Allen won at a meet-record 19.72, turning the tables on BYU junior Jake Taylor within the top three for the title.

Fellow Mustang sophomore Austin Cunniff added a fourth-place finish in the 500 free final, at 4:28.71 (0.43 away from his collegiate best).

Additionally, in the 200 IM, junior Mickey Mackle came in sixth place (at 1:49.30), just ahead of freshman teammate Zach Cootes (1:50.40).

Allison de Peralta, a junior, was sixth in the women's 200 IM final, at a career-best 2:03.68, which now ranks No. 4 on the program's all-time leaderboard.

Cal Poly freshman Bonnie Diamond won the 500 free consolation title, at 4:54.31, also fourth-best ever among the Mustangs.

Earlier in the afternoon, in the 3-meter diving prelims at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, freshman Lauren Pierce posted a six-round total of 251.60 before tallying a 240.65 in the finals, finishing fourth overall out of the 18 in the field.

Mustang senior Olivia Salvatore-King also added a tally of 156.95 in the morning.

Competition at the championships will continue through Saturday.

Photos © Dan Avila