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Cootes, Diamond Named Splash Café Swimmers of the Month

Cootes, Diamond Named Splash Café Swimmers of the Month

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Following a series of personal bests, top-five finishes and program records, Cal Poly sophomores Bonnie Diamond and Zach Cootes were named Splash Café/Cal Poly Swimmers of the Month for November.

During the third and final day of the A3 Performance Invitational on Nov. 22, Cootes broke the school record in the championship final of the men's 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 1:48.01, which was a full 27 tenths-of-a-second faster than Justin deDianous in 2015.

Cootes narrowly missed the "B Standard" NCAA qualifications in the event by a mere two-tenths-of-a-second. The sophomore won the consolation final for the 200-yard individual medley, in 1:48.86 (third-fastest all-time at Cal Poly and an MPSF-best mark at the time).

Diamond placed third in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle championship with a mark of 16:50.62 on the final day of the A3 Invitational. Diamond's time is the fastest 1,650 free since 2011 and is the No. 2 mark in program history.

During the second day of the A3 Invite, Diamond grabbed a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:49.29. Her finish is the second-best 200 free mark in program history and best since 2009 (Gloria Benefield, 1:48.89).

Diamond also collected a runner-up finish in the 500-yard freestyle on the opening day of the Invite on Nov. 21 with a mark of 4:52.97 (which was the No. 1 event mark in the MPSF at the time and moved her up from No. 4 to 3 in school history).

During the Cal Poly women's side's 181-111 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 7, Diamond secured a pair of first-place finishes in both the 200 free (at 1:54.74) and 200-yard individual medley (2:08.56).

The Cal Poly women's side hosts San Diego State in a dual meet scheduled for 10 a.m. PT Friday, Dec. 18, at Anderson Aquatics Center.