Cal Poly Sweeps Events as Men and Women Defeat UC Santa Cruz


  • Jan. 25, 2020
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  1. Cal Poly 180
  2. UC Santa Cruz 95


  1. Cal Poly 179
  2. UC Santa Cruz 106


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Eight Mustangs won two individual events and a total of 20 won at least one event as the Cal Poly men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won all 32 events Saturday over UC Santa Cruz in the final home event of the season.

Cal Poly saved its most dominating performance of the season for senior day as 14 seniors competed for the last time at Anderson Aquatic Center. Those seniors went out with a bang as the men’s team beat the Banana Slugs 179-106 and the women’s team won 180-95. It was also head coach Tom Milich’s final time of his career coaching his teams at home.

Junior Alexander Nikolaev, senior Meghan Rainier, junior Sascha Keir, senior Amelia Feick, senior Miles Dunn, freshman Garrison Price, senior Nic Clark, and sophomore Joelle Weltner each won two individual events on the afternoon.

Nikolaev won the 1000-yard freestyle and 500 free, Rainier took the 200 free and 500 free, Keir won the 100 and 200 backstroke, Feick was victorious in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, Dunn won both the 100 and 200 breast, Price took the 100 and 200 butterfly, Clark won the 50 and 100 free, and Weltner placed first in the 1M and 3M dives.

The Mustangs began the meet by winning the first two team relay events. The Cal Poly quartet of seniors Emily Peters and Amelia Feick, as well as Keir and freshman Erin Kim won the women’s 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:56.46. The men’s team of junior Daniel Macavei, freshman Noah Otsuka, Price, and senior Paul Rogers won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:28.12.

In the final two team relay events, Cal Poly’s Kim, Peters, freshman Amy Harter, and junior Emelia Piccininni won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:37.58. In the men’s 200 free relay, the Mustangs’ foursome of Rogers, Clark, freshman Ryan Iannaccone, and sophomore Boston Williams won with a time of 1:24.57.

The Mustangs will wrap up the regular season next Saturday, Feb. 1 in a road dual meet against Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. The Gauchos came out on top on both the men’s and women’s sides when the two schools met in San Luis Obispo back in October.


SAN LUIS OBISPO (1-25) – The Banana Slugs took part in their final dual match of the season as they took on NCAA Division I member Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won the overall competition 359-201: the men’s competition 179-106 and the women’s competition 180-95.

In the men’s competition, the Banana Slugs came in second in nine of the sixteen events that took place. Individually, Ethan Johnson (1-meter diving (265) and 3-meter diving (254.10) and Sam Smith in 500 Yard Freestyle (4:45.04) and 1,000 Yard Freestyle (9:51.23) had the most second-place finishes of the day. As a team, the Banana Slugs’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Matt Minshall, Paul Ogle-Sporer, Marc Pugeda and Victor Sowa finished second with a time of 1:29.96, less than eight seconds from the school record.

The women’s team finished second in eight of the sixteen events. Individually, diver Sachiko Correa (194.25: 1-meter diving and 192.50 3-meter diving) and Kenya Lam (2:35.35 in 200 yard breaststroke and 2:16.64 200 yard individual medley each  finished with two second-place finishes. As a team, the Banana Slugs’ best finish was Izzy Blue, Ocelli Rivers-Altieri, Paris Sinclair and Kaylie Walker earning second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.39, less than seven seconds from the school 1:38.20.

“Overall, a solid day,” said head coach Matt Crawford. “It’s good to get some racing in against DI competition as we approach the conference meet. Sam Smith was the big standout, notching a season-best in the 1000 along with a very solid 500 free.”
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The next event for the Banana Slugs will be next Saturday as they will host will take on NCAA Division II members Concordia University and Fresno Pacific University in Fresno at noon.

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