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Cal Poly Swimming Prepares for MPSF Championships

Cal Poly Swimming Prepares for MPSF Championships



SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Highlighted by sophomore Bonnie Diamond (who owns a trio of Top-3 finishes in three individual MPSF events this season) and a quartet of 'B' Standard qualification marks, the Cal Poly swimming program heads south to compete in the four-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships hosted by East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park) and UCLA (Spieker Aquatics Center).

The championships are scheduled to take place from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 20. To follow the live results, click HERE. 

Session 1 begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the women's 200-yard medley relay. The final day of the championship is Saturday, with events starting at 6:30 p.m.  

Diamond – who owns the top times in both the women's 500-yard freestyle (with a mark of 4:52.97) and 1,650 free (16:50.62) – has also recorded the third-best 200 free time among all MPSF competitors this season (1:49.29).

In B standard qualification, Cal Poly sophomore Nolan Newland sits atop the men's 500 free list with his time of 4:22.29 (which he delivered on Nov. 19), while teammate and fellow sophomore Pearu Pold holds the MPSFs' best men's 1,000 free time (9:25.20 on Jan. 30).

Joining Pold and Newland in the B standard echelon is junior Caleb Davies, owner of the top men's 100-yard breaststroke mark in the MPSF this season (54.70 on Nov. 20).

Cal Poly sophomore Zach Cootes raced to the sixth-best 200 IM medley mark in the MPSF (1:48.86 on Nov. 19), sewing up the fourth 'B' Standard qualification for the Mustangs this season. Cootes also recorded the MPSF's No. 2 mark in the men's 400 IM (3:54.92) on Nov. 20.

Cal Poly sophomore Sage Speak has earned a pair of Olympic Trial qualifications this season in both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Speak's 200 breast mark was converted from meters to yards (2:16.31 converted) and is currently the fourth-best time in the event among all MPSF qualifiers this year.

On the final day of last year's MPSF Championships, Speak met the national B standard to become a provisional NCAA Championships qualifier in the women's 200 breast (2:15.99), a time that stands firm as the second-best in program history.

Additionally, Mustang freshman Meghan Merlihan who recorded the program's No. 3 mark in the 1,000 free against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 31 (10:20.61) enters the MPSF Championships with the fourth-best time in the category.

Individually, Cal Poly also boasts several individuals with MPSF Top-5 times this season, including five men's swimmers and four from the women's side which include:

Newland in the 200 free (No. 5 with a mark of 1:38.21)
Sophomore Pearu Pold in 1,650 free (No. 3 in 15:32.06)
Senior Mickey Mackle 200 breast (No. 4 in 2:02.92) and 400 IM medley (No. 5 in 3:57.98)
Cootes in 200 fly (No. 4 in 1:48.01)

Diamond in the 200 free (No. 3 with a mark of 1:49.29)
Merlihan in 1.650 free (No. 4 in 17:04.65)
Speak in 100 breast (No. 4 in 1:02.90)
Senior Belen Enguidanos in 200 fly (No. 4 in 2:02.07)

To view the entire 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship manual, click HERE.