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Cal Poly Splits Blue-Green Rivalry on Saturday with UC Santa Barbara

Cal Poly Splits Blue-Green Rivalry on Saturday with UC Santa Barbara


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's swimming and diving team recorded a 154.5-107.5 victory over UC Santa Barbara, while the women's side was narrowly edged by the Gauchos, 143-137 at the Anderson Aquatic Center in the Blue-Green Rivalry at the Anderson Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. For the first time in Cal Poly head coach Tom Milich's 10 seasons, the Mustangs beat the Gauchos on the men's side and he was excited after the meet.

"On both sides I was very pleased with how we raced today," Milich said. 

Individually, the Cal Poly men's side won eight of the 13 events, which included a pair of victories by junior Caleb Davies (who raced to the best 50-yard free time of 20.89 and the quickest 100-free time of 46.22) and sophomore Pearu Pold (who collected the best 1,000-yard free mark of 9:32.77 and the fastest 500-yard free time of 4:32.22). The Mustang men's team also captured the best 400-yard free relay mark (3:03.75) as juniors Davies and Jack Jenner joined freshmen Dominik Folkner and Dominic Dalpiaz in the victory.

The Cal Poly men's side also won the 200-yard medley relay with a mark of 1:32.52, as the quartet of senior Mickey Mackle, Davies (pictured) and freshmen Dalpiaz and Brian Whittington combined on the triumph.

"Our men's side did a remarkable job this afternoon and winning events is what it's all about," explained Milich.  

On the women's side, Cal Poly collected wins in nine of the 16 total events, including sophomore Sage Speak, who won twice – capturing the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.30 and the 100-yard breast with a mark of 1:03.65 – and freshman Meghan Merlihan, who raced to a mark of 10:21.61 in the 1,000-yard free to grab the event win for the Mustangs. Cal Poly senior Alisha Bender won the 200-yard free (with a time of 1:51.85), senior Belen Enguidanos placed first in the 200-yard fly (2:03.62) and sophomore Bonnie Diamond won the 500-yard free (5:00.91).

"On the women's side, we fell just short but could have won had we moved up in any one race," Milich said.  

Cal Poly senior Taylor Guy finished first overall in the 100-yard fly with a mark of 56.46 for the women's side, while freshman Brian Whittington won the 100-yard breast for the Cal Poly men's side with a time of 56.77.

Cal Poly sophomore Zachary Cootes won the 200-yard fly with a time of 1:49.25 and senior Mickey Mackle took first overall in the 400-yard IM, racing to a time of 4:00.68.

On the one-meter diving board, Cal Poly sophomore Lauren Pierce recorded a combined finals score of 236.15 and on the three-meter board, she recorded a combined score of 251.95.

Leading the way for UC Santa Barbara on Saturday was sophomore Billy Mullis – who compiled two event victories for the Gaucho men's side, including the 100-yard back (50.24) and 200-yard back (1:50.51) – and junior Cheyenne Low who took home two first-place finishes for the Gaucho women's side, including the 100-yard back (55.97) and 200-yard back (2:03.33).

The Cal Poly women's side is back in action next week, when hosting Pepperdine at 10 a.m. PT inside the Anderson Aquatics Center. For complete results heading into next week, including the upcoming schedule, click HERE.