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Rogers Sets New Personal Best at Second Day of MPSF Championships

Rogers Sets New Personal Best at Second Day of MPSF Championships

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Senior men's swimmer Paul Rogers set a new personal best in the men's 500-yard freestyle on Thursday to highlight Cal Poly swimming and diving's second day of competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Monterey Park.

Rogers, who broke the meet and school record in the 200 free on Wednesday, nearly broke another school record Thursday after he swam a personal-best time of 4:20.42 in the 500 free, missing the record by less than a second as he finished second in the event.

In that same event, junior Alexander Nikolaev finished sixth with a time of 4:28.00.

On the women's side, senior Amelia Feick had the highest finish of the night in the 200 IM, finishing seventh in the event with a time of 2:03.37.

Diving began its first day of competition on Thursday with the finals of the men's 1M and women's 3M. Freshman men's diver Tyler Wesson highlighted the men's side with an eighth place in the finals of the 1M dive with a score of 282.75

Sophomore women's diver Joelle Weltner had the highest finish for the Cal Poly women. She placed fifth in the consolation final of the 3M dive with a score of 256.15.

Through the first two days of competition, the Mustang men are in fifth place while the women are in seventh place. UCSB is in first place on the women's side while Hawai'i leads the men's side.

The meet continues on Friday and will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 backstroke.

Photo courtesy of Dan Avila