Pierce Breaks Diving Record, Cal Poly Sweeps UC Santa Cruz

Pierce Breaks Diving Record, Cal Poly Sweeps UC Santa Cruz

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's and women's swimming and diving program used 30 event victories (in a possible 30 that Cal Poly competed in) to sweep UC Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Anderson Aquatic Center. The men's side captured a 159-104 victory, while the women's team ousted the Banana Slugs, 172-90.

Cal Poly sophomore diver Lauren Pierce (pictured) set the program record on the 3-meter board with an aggregate score of 310.80 (previous record was 288.70 set by Sami McIntyre in 2013) and nearly broke the 1-meter board record with a score of 266.62. Both scores qualify Pierce for the 2016 NCAA Zone E Regionals in Flagstaff, Ariz. hosted by Northern Arizona from March 7-9.

During Saturday's meet with UC Santa Cruz, every Cal Poly senior won at least one event.

"Every senior won, or was part of a win on Saturday," head coach Tom Milich said. "Our program did a good job of cheering one another on and we had some pretty good results today."

Three Cal Poly men's swimmers (junior Caleb Davies, freshmen Dominic Dalpiaz and Brian Whittington) and three from the women's side (seniors Belen Enguidanos, Alisha Bender and Taylor Guy) each recorded a pair of victories against UCSC.

Davies captured both the 50-yard freestyle (with a mark of 21.16) and 100-yard butterfly (51.22), Dalpiaz grabbed wins in the 100-yard backstroke (52.64) and 100-yard freestyle (46.03) and Whittington secured victories in both the 100-yard breaststroke (58.59) and 200 breast (2:07.68). The threesome generated 54 points towards Cal Poly's 55-point win.

Enguidanos recorded event wins in both the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.51) and 500-yard freestyle (5:15.99), while Guy delivered wins in the 50-yard freestyle (24.92) and 100 fly (57.70) and Bender won both the 100 free (52.36) and 100 back (58.97). Individually, Enguidanos, Bender and Guy produced 54 points towards Cal Poly's 82-point victory.

Enguidanos and Guy combined with sophomore Sage Speak and senior Alisha Bender in a 200-yard medley relay triumph (with a time of 1:50.19), which secured 11 more points towards the Mustang win.

Davies and Dalpiaz also combined with senior Blake Faris and freshman Max Emerick on a victory in the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.66). The win secured 11 points towards Cal Poly's overall victory.

Several other Cal Poly swimmers recorded event victories on Saturday:

MEN
Freshman Archie Mitchell in the 1,000-yard freestyle (with a mark of 9:54.57)
Sophomore Nolan Newland in the 200 free (1:42.56)
Sophomore Brandon Nguyen in the 200 fly (1:54.62)
Freshman Garrett Schmid in the 200 back (1:56.68)
Senior Alan Peterson in the 500 free (4:47.12)
Sophomore Zach Cootes in the 400 IM (4:01.56)

WOMEN
Freshman Nicole Jordan in the 1,000 free (10:52.45)
Freshman Meghan Merlihan in the 200 free (1:55.13)
Speak in the 100 breast (1:05.68)
Sophomore Caitlin Cox in the 200 back (2:10.78)
Freshman Noelle Kipp in the 200 breast (2:26.91)
Sophomore Shaelin Morefield in the 400 IM (4:37.00)

Cal Poly also swept the 200-yard freestyle relays on both the men's and women's sides for a total of 22 points. On the men's side, Dalpiaz, Davies, Faris and junior Jack Jenner secured the event win in 1:24.77, while the women's quartet of Peterson, Bender, Merlihan and Cox earned the win with a time of 1:41.81.

Cal Poly takes next week off to prepare for it's annual Blue-Green Rivalry when visiting UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. PT on Saturday, January 30.

Photo credit: Ray Ambler