MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – Cal Poly junior Caleb Davies secured a victory in the men's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.70 – the third-fastest in program history – and provided the Mustangs with their lone triumph (earning 32 points in the overall team standings) during the second day of the A3 Performance Invitational regional meet at East Los Angeles College.
For Davies (pictured), it also broke a personal-best performance in the 100 breast, as his time of 55.55 was set earlier this season. It also earned him a "B Standard" in the event, which qualifies him for NCAA Swimming's National Meets that will be held later on this season.
A day after earning a runner-up finish in the women's 500-yard freestyle, Cal Poly sophomore Bonnie Diamond grabbed a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:49.29 (good for 32 points). Diamond's finish on Saturday is the second-best 200 free mark in program history and the best since 2009 (Gloria Benefield, 1:48.89).
Overall, the Cal Poly men's side enters the third and final day of competition on Saturday in third place (with 540 total points), while the women's side is eighth (with 402 combined points).
Several other Mustangs turned in noteworthy performances on Saturday, including the quartet of junior Jack Jenner, sophomores Noland Newland and Pearu Pold and freshman Dominic Dalpiaz, who recorded a fourth-place finish in the men's 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:40.31, earning 52 points.
Earning 25 points for Cal Poly was sophomore Sage Speak, who raced to a 1:03.49 mark in the women's 100-yard breaststroke, which was only 16 tenths-of-a-second away from equaling her career-best performance from earlier this year. Speak's finish is good for the third-best 100-breast time in program history and helped secure 25 points for the Mustangs in the overall points race.
Newland recorded a fifth-place finish for Cal Poly in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:38.24, which was also good for 25 points. Newland's finish on Friday puts him currently in fourth on the list of speediest 200-free times in program history.
A trio of Mustang freshmen – Max Emerick, Brian Whittington and Dalpiaz – along with Davies, delivered a seventh-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay, racing to a time of 1:31.62, which earned Cal Poly 46 points.
On the opening day of the 8th annual Wildcat Diving Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona, Cal Poly sophomore Lauren Pierce recorded an aggregate score of 221.90 on six dives from the 3-meter board, placing her 22nd overall in the preliminary stage. To view the entire first day of diving action from the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, click HERE.
For a complete list of Friday's finishes from the A3 Performance Invitational, click HERE.
The UC San Diego-hosted three-day competition in Monterey Park wraps on up Saturday, while the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Arizona runs through Sunday.