Cal Poly Breaks School Record in 800 Free Relay at Pac-12 Championships

Cal Poly Breaks School Record in 800 Free Relay at Pac-12 Championships

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The Cal Poly men's swimming team broke the all-time school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay at the Pac-12 Conference Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Wednesday night.

A team comprised entirely of either freshmen or sophomores — Sonny Fierro, Jack Jenner, Mickey Mackle (pictured at right) and Alex Behnam — teamed to finish in 6 minutes, 36.84 seconds.

Their time surpassed the previous record of 6:40.02, which had stood for five seasons.

The Mustangs finished in eighth place in each of the opening-night races, earning 22 points in both.

To start the evening in the 200 medley, Mackle, junior Jimmy Deiparine, and freshmen Cody Tanabe and Caleb Davies clocked a time of 1:31.95.

Davies swam a thrilling anchor, as his freestyle split of 20.20 seconds was a bit faster than the school record in the individual version of the sprint (20.29).

Events will continue through Saturday, with prelims scheduled for 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m. each day.

The meet features four teams ranked in the top 12 of the latest national coaches poll, as well as four 2012 Olympians.

An hour-and-a-half recap will be televised on the Pac-12 Network at 7:30 p.m. March 10.

Photo by Ian Billings