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McIntyre Nearly Breaks School Record as Cal Poly Wins Invitational

McIntyre Nearly Breaks School Record as Cal Poly Wins Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Another strong day at Anderson Aquatic Center carried the Cal Poly women's swimming and diving team to a first-place finish at the Mustang Invitational on Saturday.

The Mustangs concluded the meet by posting 815 points in Saturday's team totals, safely ahead of Azusa Pacific's 459 and Pepperdine's 449. The combined two-day totals were 1,922 for the Mustangs, 1,073 for the Waves and 1,015 for the Cougars.

Cal Poly's Sami McIntyre easily claimed a victory in the 3-meter diving competition, compiling a score of 287.10.

McIntyre (pictured at right), a reigning All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation senior, nearly broke her own school record in the event (288.70, set last season).

She won by more than 95 over the second-place diver. Her score also qualified for competition at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which will be held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on March 13-15.

Also for the Mustangs, Nicole Antoniuk won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:48.82. The sophomore also had a strong showing in the 200 butterfly (2:08.57, trailing only senior Amanda Maffris' 2:07.75).

Another standout in the lanes was Taylor Spivey. A day after sweeping the 1,650 free and the 500 free, Spivey also touched the wall first in the 200 free on Saturday, winning in 1:58.40. The senior was additionally the runner-up in the 200 back later in the afternoon, at 2:15.44.

Fellow senior Rachel Cleak, who was also a day removed from winning multiple events (the 100 fly and 50 fly), claimed a 50 free win amid Saturday's 26 events, finishing in 24.74 seconds.

In the 1-meter diving competition, Cal Poly sophomore Grace Greenwood outscored two Waves divers by finishing with a 221.75.

For the Cal Poly men, who were competing on an exhibition basis, junior Jimmy Deiparine continued his string of recent success. Deiparine easily won the 200 IM in 2:03.56 on Saturday. He was coming off victories in both the 50 breaststroke and the 100 breast on the 32-event opening day of the invitational.

Caleb Davies sprinted to a win by the narrowest of margins in a thrilling 50 freestyle race.

Davies, who last year had the 16th-fastest high school time in the nation in the event to earn NISCA/Speedo All-America honors, clocked a time of 22.31 seconds Saturday, a mere one-hundredth of a second in front of junior Mackey Hopen (22.32). The rest of a five-swimmer field was also tightly contested, as three more freshmen — Jack Jenner, David Schriesheim and Blake Motal — all finished between 22.42 and 22.88.

The men's 3-meter diving competition was also extraordinarily close, as freshman Paul Fischetti scored a 273.95 to edge junior teammate Elliott Adams' 273.05.

The men's squad added up an intrasquad score of 279 a day after beginning the meet with a tally of 391, for an overall total of 670.

Cal Poly will now gear up for the Arena Invitational, which this year will be held in Monterey Park on Nov. 21-23.