Seniors Lead Mustangs to Sweep at Last Home Meet of the Season

Seniors Lead Mustangs to Sweep at Last Home Meet of the Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly swimming and diving team swept a non-conference dual meet over UC Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon, as the Mustangs won 201-74 on the women's side and 166-94 on the men's side at Anderson Aquatic Center.

Senior diver Sami McIntyre broke her own school record on the 1-meter board, compiling a score of 273.82 for the Mustangs. Her total also met the qualifying standard to advance to the upcoming NCAA Zone Championships, which will be held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from March 13-15. (McIntyre's previous 1-meter record had been 258.60, set as a sophomore.)

Two of McIntyre's teammates, sophomore Grace Greenwood (who finished second at 256.19) and fellow senior Meaghan O'Meara (third, 246.60), each also had standout scores in the 1-meter event.

McIntyre isn't the only Mustang diver to have earned the trip to Colorado, though. While she also won on the 3-meter board Saturday (at 284.77), O'Meara put up a Zone-qualifying performance of her own (at 283.87; the cutoff is 280) to finish as a close runner-up.

Meanwhile, in the lanes, fellow seniors Rachel Cleak and Adrian Brynnel highlighted the Senior Meet occasion by both winning multiple events for Cal Poly.

Cleak touched the wall first in the women's 200-yard butterfly, in 2:07.95, and also took the 100 freestyle, in 53.64 seconds.

Brynnel won the men's 200 free at 1:43.86 and came back later in the day to also finish first in the 500 free, at 4:43.02.

Other seniors who also chalked up wins included Taylor Spivey in the women's 500 free (at 5:14.06) and Amanda Maffris in the women's 400 individual medley (4:40.38).

To close out the afternoon, a women's 400 free relay squad comprised entirely of seniors won the race, as Jill Jones, Cleak, Kelsey Engel and Danielle Wong clocked a time of 3:32.93.

Mustang sophomore Mickey Mackle posted a particularly strong midseason time in the men's 400 IM, dominating in 4:02.01 to win by more than a half-minute gap.

To view complete meet results, click HERE. Video of the meet is at THIS LINK.

Cal Poly will return to the water for a Blue-Green Rivalry dual at Central Coast foe UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 1. Diving will start at 10 a.m., and swimming will follow at noon.