SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's swimming team opened the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship on Wednesday evening by competing in two relays at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.
After the first day of the four-day championships, the Mustangs are in a seventh-place tie in the team standings with Loyola Marymount at 48 points. Following the first two events, UC Davis is in first with 74 points, followed by UC Santa Barbara (72), Hawaii (64), defending MPSF champion BYU (60), San Diego (54) and Pacific (52).
Cal Poly placed sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay at 7 minutes, 24.27 seconds, as the squad of Alisha Bender, Jillian Jones, Katrina Anderson and Andrea Voigt earned 26 points while bettering their seeded time of 7:32.76 coming into the meet.
UC Davis won the event with a meet-record time of 7:14.45, well ahead of runner-up Hawaii at 7:20.67. UCSB came in third at 7:21.76, trailed by San Diego (at 7:23.75) and BYU (7:23.79). Pacific (7:25.99) and LMU (7:37.16) rounded out the field.
Earlier in the day, the Mustangs tallied 22 points by finishing eighth in the 200 medley relay in 1:43.11. The squad of Allison de Peralta, Angie Haven (right), Rachel O'Brien and Rachel Cleak improved upon their seeded time of 1:44.92 entering the day.
UCSB won the event in 1:40.28. UC Davis came in second place (at 1:40.42), followed by BYU (1:41.09), Hawaii (1:41.2), Pacific (1:42.25), LMU (1:42.46) and San Diego (1:42.95).
Swimming competition will resume Thursday morning and continues through Saturday night.
O'Brien, a senior, is the No. 1 seed in the 100 butterfly, which will hold prelims at about 10 a.m. Friday before finals start at 6 p.m. The same schedule format will be held Saturday, when O'Brien will look to claim a title in the 200 butterfly, an event in which she's also the top seed.
Diving events begin Thursday morning at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will wrap up Saturday evening. Cal Poly junior Sami McIntyre is the No. 1 seed in the 1-meter diving competition, for which prelims will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed immediately by the finals.