The Cal Poly Athletics department, hosts of the season-opening King and Queen of the Pool event that sets up a fun weekend between them and the Cal Golden Bears, has put together a highlight video from Friday’s exciting meet that saw the battle for both titles come down to tenths of a second.
As the video explains, each swimmer puts in a 100 yard fly, back, breast, free and IM, and the lowest cumulative time takes the crown.
In the women’s battle, the supremely versatile freshman Celina Li topped the supremely fast freshman Missy Franklin for the overall title by just .12 seconds. That’s far from a death-blow to Franklin’s season, but perhaps the brightest news for Cal is a reminder that Franklin is far from the only fantastic freshman on campus this year.
The men’s title went to another freshman Ryan Murphy, who topped sophomore Josh Prenot. Three-time defending champion Marcin Tarczynski, also from Cal, took 3rd in that race.