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Cal Poly Swimmer Speak to Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Cal Poly Swimmer Speak to Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

OMAHA, Neb. — Sage Speak, a swimmer between her sophomore and junior seasons at Cal Poly, will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the CenturyLink Center.

The 100 prelims are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. PDT Monday (11:15 local time), followed by the 200 at 9:06 a.m. Thursday (11:06 in Nebraska), each shown live on the NBC Sports Extra app., later broadcast again from 3 to 5 p.m. PDT on NBCSN. Finals, televised live on NBC, will be at 4:45 p.m. PDT (6:45 Central) both days.

Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics from Aug. 5-21. Team USA's rosters will be comprised of up to 26 individuals selected on each side, with several planned to swim in multiple events and relays.

Speak is seeded 80th in the 200 breast, with a career-best long-course time of 2 minutes, 33.51 seconds clocked on Dec. 5 at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Micah Lawrence, who was sixth in the event at her Olympic debut in London, is this year's top seed, at 2:22.04.

In the 100, Speak is entered No. 123 at 1:11.48 (recorded Dec. 4). Katie Meili, the 2015 Pan-Am Games gold medalist, leads the field at 1:05.64.

This past season, Speak was chosen as the TURBO Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 4, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23, as well as the Papa John's Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Month for December.

She ranks second all-time at Cal Poly in both of her premier events, with short-course (yardage) times of 1:02.86 and 2:15.56, and is a back-to-back NCAA Championships qualifier in the latter.

In addition to Speak, Cal Poly alum Jimmy Deiparine is seeking to represent the Philippines.

Deiparine, who set the Filipino record for the 100 breast (swimming a 1:02.08 featuring splits of 29.40 and 32.68) at the Arena Pro Series in Santa Clara on June 3, posted an Olympic Selection-level time by 61 hundredths, but the meet wasn't a FINA qualifier. He's now aiming to qualify at the Scotland Open on July 3.

As a senior in 2014-15, Deiparine broke the school record for the 100-yard distance, winning the MPSF conference title in 52.94 seconds.