Video Highlights of 2013 King/Queen of the Pool Between Cal and Cal Poly

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 PrenotThree-time defending champion Marcin Tarczynski, also from Cal, took 3rd in that race.


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Looks like fun; I would love to see more of these rather than the usual dual meets.

i agree. i would like to see more ‘fun’ themed meets that diverge from the traditional format. even if for nothing other than sport, events like this are fun for the spectators. i think we are begining to see more and more of this, like mike bottom with his 20y meet and his water carnival and with that sprint for tv meet in brazil. at the d3 and smaller d1 level we see more of this, it seems, as there is more competition for the sake of fostering relations between colleges, as the theme of this meet appears to be. i don’t know nearly as much about major level d1 but it seems like these events are less common in… Read more »

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