SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Two members of the Cal Poly women's swimming and diving team, Rachel O'Brien and Sami McIntyre, come into this week's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet as top seeds in their respective events.
Swimming events will be held Wednesday through Saturday at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, while the diving competition will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
O'Brien (right), a senior, is the No. 1 seed in the 200-yard butterfly, with a time of 1 minute, 59.5 seconds, which already meets the national championship-qualifying provisional standard of 1:59.59. O'Brien, who on Nov. 21 was named the MPSF Turbo Female Athlete of the Week, is within striking distance of breaking the meet's two-year-old record, which stands at 2:01.53. Teammate Belen Enguidanos is seeded third in the same event, at 2:02.48.
O'Brien also comes in seeded No. 1 in the 100 butterfly (at 54.82 seconds, close to the provisionally qualifying time of 54.49) and No. 7 in the 200 IM (2:04.08).
Meanwhile, McIntyre, a junior, enters the conference championships as the No. 1 seed in the 1-meter diving competition, with a score of 392.3. Teammate Meaghan O'Meara is seeded second in the same event, at 296.72, while Grace Greenwood comes in fifth at 257.1.
McIntyre, the MPSF's athlete of the week for Nov. 14, is also seeded second in 3-meter diving (with a score of 288.7), and she's joined in the top five again by both O'Meara (seeded fourth at 267.95) and Greenwood (fifth at 265.4). Greenwood is the only freshman seeded in the top five for both the 1-meter and 3-meter fields.
In the 100 breaststroke, Angie Haven is seeded 14th (at 1:04.46), but has the league's fourth-best time over the course of the regular season (1:02.98). Haven is also seeded sixth in the 200 breaststroke, at 2:16.98, although her earlier-season time of 2:16.17 was the conference's fifth-best over the duration of the regular season.
Additionally for the Mustangs, Katrina Anderson is the No. 5 seed in the 200 backstroke (at 2:01.77) and No. 8 in the 100 backstroke (56.53), while Amanda Maffris enters as the No. 7 seed in the 400 IM (4:24.47).
Cal Poly is seeded fifth in a trio of relays: the 200 freestyle (with a time of 1:34.76), the 400 medley (3:47.33) and the 400 freestyle (3:28.22).
Cal Poly placed fourth at last year's championships with 539.5 points. BYU won with 732.