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Cal Poly Men’s Swimming & Diving Beats UCSB For First Time Since 2015

Cal Poly Men’s Swimming & Diving Beats UCSB For First Time Since 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's swimming and diving team put a nice cap on senior day Saturday at Anderson Aquatics Center, beating UC Santa Barbara 164.5-129.5 for its first win over the Gauchos since 2015.

The Mustangs split the day's dual meet with UCSB as the women's team was narrowly edged out by the Gauchos 151-142 to wrap up the regular season.

It was a nice conclusion for the seven seniors who were competing in their last home dual meet. They were just freshman the last time the Cal Poly men beat UC Santa Barbara.

The Mustangs won 15 of the 32 combined events on the day. The men won nine and the women won six. Four Mustangs each won two individual events, three on the men's side and one on the women's side.

Appropriately, the first win of the day for Cal Poly came from senior Meghan Merlihan who won the 1000-yard freestyle with a team season-best time of 10:23.25.

Junior Paul Rogers was one of three men's swimmers who won two events on the day, the second time he has done so this season. He first won the 1000 free with a team season-best time of 9:23.73 and the 500 free, also with a team season-best time of 4:31.57.

Senior Zack Allen (pictured) performed strong for the Mustangs, winning both the 50 free and the 100 butterfly. He won the 50 free with a time of 20.61 and the 100 fly with a time of 48.40, over two seconds ahead of second place. This was the second time this season Allen has won multiple individual events in a meet.

Sophomore Mihail Amiorkov was the third men's swimmer who won two events on the day, winning the 200 fly and the 400 IM. He won the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.44 and the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.33. This was also the second time Amiorkov has won two events in a meet this season.

Freshman diver Molly Wilson was the lone Mustang on the women's side to win two events on the day. She first won the 1-meter dive with a score of 231.30. She then followed that up with a win in the 3-meter dive with a score of 233.15. She has now won diving events in the Mustangs' last two meets.

Three other Mustang men and three women also each won an event on the day. On the men's side, senior Dominic Dalpiaz won the 200 free with a time of 1:40.32, junior diver Riley Saufley won the 3-meter dive with a score of 251.50, and sophomore diver Noah McKinley won the 1-meter dive with a score of 289.70.

On the women's side, junior Amelia Feick won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.91, almost a full two seconds ahead of second place. Junior Meghan Rainier won the 500 free with a time of 5:03.47, and junior Ali Epple won the 400 IM with a time of 4:26.45, nearly three seconds faster than second place.

With the regular season now finished, Cal Poly gets ready to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. It will be held February 20-23 at the La Mirada Aquatics Center and Marguerite Diving Complex.