MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Cal Poly swimmer Jimmy Deiparine made his last conference finals meet one to remember Friday night, as the senior broke the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships record while winning the title in the 100-yard breaststroke at East Los Angeles College Stadium.
Deiparine, who already previously owned the school record, touched the wall in 52.94 seconds, earning the overall program its 20th individual-event conference title during Tom Milich's nine years as head coach.
While his performance was a bit short of the elusive A standard in guaranteeing a spot at the NCAA Championships from March 26-28, Deiparine vastly exceeded the B cutoff, virtually assuring himself of an appearance at the national venue, Iowa's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.
Coming into the day, the sub-53 time would've stacked up as the 14th-fastest in the country for all of 2014-15, but the SEC Championships, happening at the same time, accounted for an adjustment in the leaderboard, to No. 20.
The old MPSF standard was set a year ago, at 52.97, by Hawai'i's Paulo de Paula.
Mustang sophomore teammate Caleb Davies also swam in the 100 breast championship final, coming in sixth place at 55.55.
Friday's action also saw a fourth school record go down since the pool opened Wednesday, as Cal Poly freshman Justin de Dianous finished fifth in the 100 fly, at 48.70.
De Dianous actually had already broken the mark in the morning, clocking a prelims time of 48.86 (thus edging David LaFlamme's four-year-standing record by one-hundredth of a second).
The championships for the 400 individual medley included a trio of Mustangs: senior Paolo Stanchi in fifth at 3:54.08 (following an earlier 3:53.87), junior Mickey Mackle in sixth at a collegiate-best 3:54.53 and freshman Zach Cootes in eighth at 3:56.67.
Cal Poly also saw sophomore Jack Jenner claim the 200 freestyle consolation crown, in 1:39.65.
In the women's 100 fly prelims, junior Taylor Guy was sixth, at a career-best 55.02, good for No. 3 in school history. She retained that standing in the evening, at 55.25.
The Mustangs also had two women finish as runner-ups in consolation races: freshman Sage Speak in the 100 breast (at 1:04.50) and junior Allison de Peralta in the 100 back (56.47 seconds).
Meanwhile at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, Mustang freshman Lauren Pierce again dove to a team-leading score, this time compiling a 14th-place, five-round total of 166.45 off the platform (third-best at Cal Poly since the current format was implemented in 2005-06).
Also in the prelims, senior teammate Olivia Salvatore-King tallied 106.35 points.
Competition will conclude Saturday.
Photos © Dan Avila