Cal Poly Swimming Hosts Cal to Start Season

Story Headlines
  • Cal visited Cal Poly to start the 2011-2012 swimming and diving season
  • For the men, Joseph Wasko was the fastest Mustang
  • For the women, Angela Haven was the fastest Mustang

A heat of the women's 100-yard butterfly tears through the water during Friday's pentathlon.

While most Cal Poly students spent this past weekend recovering from their first week of classes, the Mustang swimming team was busy competing with the defending NCAA champions, the California Golden Bears.

The pentathlon, or “King and Queen of the Pool” meet, was held Friday at Cal Poly’s Anderson Aquatic Center. The Saturday portion of the meet was reserved for relays. It was the first meet of the 2011-2012 season for both the Mustangs and Golden Bears.

On Friday, every swimmer was required to swim 100 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. Those five times were then added up for an overall time, and each swimmer was then ranked according to that time. The winners earned the titles “King of the Pool” for the men and “Queen of the Pool” for the women.

Sophomore Joseph Wasko posted the fastest time by a Mustang male. Wasko’s overall time was 4 minutes, 37.28 seconds. Wasko, a transfer from Arizona State, came in 16th in the field of 43. He was closely followed by freshman teammate Jimmy Deiparine, who came in 17th with a time of 4:38.11.

“I was feeling great in the water and I felt pretty confident that I would have a strong performance,” Wasko said.

On the men’s side, the top finisher was Cal sophomore Marcin Tarczynski, with a time of 4:16.18. He was followed by 15 of his Golden Bear teammates. (click here for complete men’s pentathlon results)

Coming in third for Cal was junior Thomas Shields. Shields, who is a three-time NCAA champion, cruised to victories in every event except the 100 breaststroke. His slower breaststroke time allowed his teammate, Tarczynski, to win the “King of the Pool” title.

The fastest Mustang woman was junior Angela Haven, with a time of 5:01.60. She placed 14th among the 42 women competing in the meet.

“The only thing I was really focused on was to get out and race and have fun,” Haven said. “The first meet of the season is a good way to test where I am. Compared to last year, it was a good start to the season and I am looking forward to swimming fast this year.”

Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz earned the title “Queen of the Pool”. Her overall time of 4:45.78 was more than three seconds faster than the runner up, fellow Golden Bear Liv Jensen. Cal claimed the top 13 spots. (click here for complete women’s pentathlon results)

The Cal coaching staff looks on as a heat of the women's 100-yard butterfly prepares to race.

On Saturday, the competition consisted of two mixed 200 freestyle relays and two mixed 200 medley relays. Cal swept all four events. (click here for complete relay results)

The Golden Bears were a handful for the Mustangs, and understandably so. Cal won the NCAA Division 1 swimming and diving championship in 2011 for both men and women, so there was a lot of talent in the pool.

“The bottom line is even though they were NCAA champions, they were still the competition so I treated it as if I were racing anyone else,” Cal Poly senior Gloria Benefield said. “Watching greatness is always interesting, especially when you get to see beautiful technique.”

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