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Cal Poly Invitational Boasts Returners and Talented Newcomers

Cal Poly Invitational Boasts Returners and Talented Newcomers


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – During the two day Cal Poly Invitational held at the Anderson Aquatic Center, the Mustang swimming program yielded a fantastic range of talent from grizzled veterans to up-and-coming talent, which concluded on Sunday afternoon. In all, 16 freshman and sophomores collected individual category victories, including eight from the men and eight from the women's side.

Five upperclassmen from both the men's and women's sides produced individual category wins, including junior Dani Orlandi (pictured), who finished at the top of three categories: 50 free (24.80), 50 fly (25.77) and 100 fly (58.70). Senior Mickey Mackle etched his name on the top of two categories, including the 100 IM (53.29) and 200 IM (1:54.22), while junior Caleb Davies finished as the top of both the 50 free (21.55) and 50 fly (23.09).

The talented crop of newcomers included a trio of freshman from the men's side: Dominic Dalpiaz, who managed two category victories in both the 100 free (47.16) and 200 free (1:43.32); Max Emerick, who picked up wins in both the 50 back (25:02) and 100 back (54.35); and Brian Whittington, who collected two victories in the 50 breast (26.86) and 100 breast (58.15).

From the women's side, sophomore Bonnie Diamond finished at the top of two categories, including the 500 free (5:05.64) and 1650 free (17:20.18), while freshman Noelle Kipp secured two category victories in both the 100 IM (1:01.06) and 200 IM (2:11.62).

Cal Poly sophomore Sage Speak – who is currently No. 2 in school history in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of two minutes, 15.99 seconds – collected the best times in both the 50 breast (31.24) and 100 breast (1:06.31).

Mustang junior Austin Cunniff cemented his name atop the 500 free with a time of 4:44.03 and in the 100 fly, sophomore Zach Cootes put together a top time of 50.89. During the 1650 free, Cal Poly sophomore Pearu Pold led the men's side with a time of 16:15.02.

From the women's side, senior Allison de Peralta finished atop the 50 back with a time of 27.99, and a pair of freshman – Emily Imfeld in the 100 free (53.56) and Annalisa Parker in the 100 back (1:00.04) – collected individual titles over the weekend. Senior Alisha Bender stood atop the women's 200 free category with a time of 1:53.70.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the combination of senior Taylor Guy (who collected the Queen of the Pool for Cal Poly on Friday afternoon), Bender, freshman Sophia Kuvan and Orlandi captured the best time on the women's side with a time of 1:39.97.

On the men's side, the quartet of Dalpiaz, Cootes, senior Blake Faris and freshman Dominik Folkner provided the best 200-yard free relay time of 1:26.49.

The 400-yard freestyle relay was won by Bender, Diamond, Imfeld and Kuvan on the women's side with a time of 3:35.61, nearly a full 10 seconds ahead of the second-place showing, and the combination of Folkner, Dalpiaz, Davies and sophomore Nolan Newland placed first overall with a time of 3:08.93.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Speak, Kuvan, sophomore Caitlin Cox and sophomore Shaelin Morefield combined on the best time of the event, racing to a 1:51.50 time. From the men's side, Mackle, Cootes, Davies and sophomore Brandon Nguyen collected the best overall time of 1:35.89.

The 400-yard medley relay was won by Parker, Guy, Kuvan and Katherine Tsui on the women's side, clocking a time of 4:02.03, while Newland, Whittington, Mackle and Dalpiaz finished with a time of 3:29.45 from the men's side to take home the best overall time.

For a complete listing of Saturday and Sunday's results, click HERE.

The Cal Poly men's side hosts Southern California at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Anderson Aquatic Center. For a complete listing of events, click HERE.