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Cal Poly Swimming and Diving Wins 15 Events in Blue-Green Rivalry Meet

Cal Poly Swimming and Diving Wins 15 Events in Blue-Green Rivalry Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Highlighted by sophomore Brian Whittington winning two events and senior Zachary Cootes swimming a conference-best time on the way to winning the 400-yard IM, the Cal Poly men's swimming & diving team won eight events against UCSB Saturday at Anderson Aquatic Center.

Whittington won the men's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.95, good for the second-fastest time in the MPSF this season and the 46th-fastest time in the country. He then won the men's 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.93, first in the MPSF and 36th in the country.

Cootes won the men's 400 IM with a time of 3:57.88, good for first in the conference and 34th-fastest in the country so far this season.

Senior Nolan Newland won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:32.67. Fellow Mustangs Alex Nikolaev and Mihail Amiorkov finished second and third with times of 9:40.78 and 9:43.42.

Sophomore Paul Rogers won the men's 200 free, finishing with a time of 1:39.32, second in the MPSF this season. Freshman David Hudson won the men's 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.78, good for the fastest time in the conference.

The men's team also finished second in the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard freestyle (Dominic Dalpiaz, 46.03), 200-yard backstroke (Paul Rogers, 1:52.37), 500-yard freestyle (Nolan Newland, 4:36.33) and the 200-yard free relay.

On the women's side, Cal Poly picked up seven wins. Sophomore Hailey Houck won two events, the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:28.39 (third in the MPSF) and the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.09. Sophomore Amelia Feick won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.91. Junior Emily Imfeld tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.02 (third-fastest in the MPSF).

The women's team of Sascha Keir, Elise Goetzl, Emily Peters and Emily Imfeld won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.72.

The women's team also finished second in the 200-yard medley relay, 1,000-yard freestyle (Meghan Merlihan, 10.27.36), 200-yard freestyle (Bonnie Diamond, 1:54.11), 100-yard breaststroke (Amelia Feick, 1:05.47) and 400 IM (Ali Epple, 4:32.20).

Freshman Noah McKinley and sophomore Makenzie Kamei swept the diving events with each winning both the 1-meter and the 3-meter. (UCSB did not bring divers.) McKinley finished with scores of 244.85 on the 3-meter and 236.15 on the 1-meter. Kamei finished with scores of 261.15 on the 3-meter and 246.95 on the 1-meter.

UCSB men's team won the meet 150-144 and the Gaucho women's team won 160.5-133.5.

The Mustang women's team is back in action Saturday when they host Pepperdine at Anderson Aquatic Center beginning at 11 a.m.