MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – The Cal Poly swimming program began the four-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Wednesday evening with a program record in the men's 800-yard freestyle relay, as the quartet of junior Jack Jenner, sophomores Nolan Newland and Pearu Pold and freshman Dominic Dalpiaz combined on a mark of 6:30.44 (over six seconds faster than the record established in 2014) at East Los Angeles College.
Additionally, Dalpiaz broke the 200 free program record with his time of 1:37.04 during his split portion of the 800 relay. Cal Poly finished fourth overall in the event.
The quartet of events on opening day, which included both the men's and women's 200-yard medley relay and women's 800 medley relay, kicks off the conference's most comprehensive competition of the season.
During Wednesday's opening event, Cal Poly finished sixth overall in the 200 medley relay, as UC Santa Barbara captured first. Cal Poly junior Dani Orlandi, sophomores Sage Speak and Caitlin Cox and freshman Emily Imfeld raced the event in 1:45.03, while the Gauchos won with a mark of 1:40.55.
Led by senior Jake Taylor, the BYU men's side captured both the 200 medley relay (1:26.51) and 800 free relay (6:26.28).
Cal Poly continues the MPSF Championships on Thursday with 10 finals events scheduled, including both the men's and women's 500 freestyle and 200 IM. The preliminary round begins at 10 a.m., with six events taking place: men's and women's 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free.
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