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Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week: Dominic Dalpiaz

Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week: Dominic Dalpiaz

Dominic Dalpiaz, Senior, Martinez, Calif. | De La Salle High School

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After winning two individual events and being a part of two winning team relays during the Cal Poly men’s swimming and diving team meet against Air Force last week, senior men’s swimmer Dominic Dalpiaz has been named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.

Dalpiaz, who hails from Martinez, Calif., won the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and was on both men's winning relay teams.

He won the 200 free with a time of 1:40.82 and the 100 free with a time of 45.73. He was then part of the winning men's 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams as the Mustangs defeated Air Force 226-68 last Wednesday in a double-dual meet hosted by San Diego State.

Dalpiaz was one of five Mustang men’s swimmers who won two individual events but was the only one to also win team relay events.

In that meet, the Cal Poly women’s swimming and diving team also defeated Air Force and fell to San Diego State.

Cal Poly next hosts UC San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. from Anderson Aquatics Center.

Also nominated for the weekly award was senior wrestler Yoshito Funakoshi. At the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 30, Funakoshi was eliminated with a 15-0 loss to Colin Valdiviez of Northwestern. Valdiviez was ranked No. 18 in the country at the time and an NCAA qualifier last March. Eighteen days later, the Mustang 133-pounder avenged the setback with a thrilling 6-5 decision in Cal Poly’s dual meet with the Wildcats, scoring a takedown with one second remaining. 

Now 6-3 for the year, Funakoshi jumped to a 4-1 lead with two takedowns in the first period and, after surrendering a four-point near fall in the second period, overcame the 5-4 deficit with his late takedown. Funakoshi was one of four Mustang winners in the dual as Cal Poly fell 32-16.

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