SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior Rachel O'Brien won the women's 100-yard butterfly title Friday evening at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championship.
Competing on the third day of the four-day meet held at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, O'Brien (right) won the event in 53.08 seconds, a time that easily met the provisionally qualifying cutoff for the NCAA Championships (54.49).
She won by edging UC Santa Barbara's Andrea Ward. Ward, who a year ago broke the all-time meet record at 52.98 seconds, finished in 53.17 Friday.
O'Brien's championship performance secured 20 points for the Mustangs, and broke her own school record, which she set at 54.82 on Nov. 16, 2012 at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach.
The Mustangs closed the day with 249 points, staying in fifth place in the team standings. UC Davis holds the lead with 438.
Cal Poly scored 15 more points in the 100 butterfly courtesy of Rachel Cleak, who came in fourth place at 54.82, matching O'Brien's previous program record.
In the 400 IM, Amanda Maffris scored 13 points for the Mustangs, finishing in sixth place at 4 minutes, 22.13 seconds. Teammate Nicole Antoniuk added three points with a 14th-place finish at 4:28.69.
Allison de Peralta finished seventh in the 100 backstroke at 57.18 seconds, scoring 12 points for Cal Poly. Katrina Anderson added four points in the event with a 13th-place finish at 57.55.
In 3-meter diving, Sami McIntyre placed eighth for the Mustangs, tallying 11 points with a score of 245.45. Teammate Meaghan O'Meara was 13th, scoring four points with a score of 226.2.
Swimming in the 200 freestyle consolation final, Cal Poly's Jillian Jones tallied nine points by finishing in ninth overall, at 1:49.81, followed by teammate Andrea Voigt in 16th at 1:53.75 (1 point).
Angie Haven added three points in the 100 breaststroke for the Mustangs, placing 14th at 1:04.24.
Cal Poly also picked up 22 points by finishing eighth in the 400 medley relay at 3:52.61.
The final day of competition will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with finals to follow at about 6 p.m.