U.S. Olympic hero and world record-setting swimmer Missy Franklin is expected to be among the competitors from Cal appearing in Cal Poly’s King and Queen of the Pool meet at Anderson Aquatic Center on Friday.
Now a freshman for the Golden Bears, Franklin won four Olympic gold medals in London in 2012, setting an individual world record in the 200-meter backstroke in 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds and swimming the freestyle leg of the world record-breaking 400 medley relay team.
Cal has not announced which events Franklin will be swimming, but the meet, which begins at 11 a.m. Friday, is set up to be a pentathlon with King and Queen honors being awarded to the male and female swimmers with the fastest combined times overall.
Franklin will be competing against teammate and defending Queen honoree Rachel Bootsma, a sophomore who also won gold as part of the U.S. 400 medley relay team in London.
Also for the Bears, freshmen Farida Osman (representing Egypt) and Marina Garcia (Spain) swam at the London Games, while senior Stephanie Au (Hong Kong) competed at each of the past two Summer Games.
The Golden Bears women were the national runner-up last year after claiming national championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Cal’s men’s squad won national titles in 2011 and 2012 and finished as the national runner-up in 2010 and 2013.
Cal Poly is led by sophomore male Sonny Fierro, who was ninth at last season’s Pac-12 Championships in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:27.62.
Cal Poly announces schedule
Coming off the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Cal Poly women’s basketball schedule is highlighted by three Pac-12 programs and a possible 11 teams overall that advanced to postseason play last season.
Announced Wednesday, the schedule for the upcoming season includes road trips to NCAA Tournament qualifiers Stanford and UCLA and fellow Pac-12 foe Oregon.
A potential second-round matchup against the host looms in a season-opening tournament at DePaul beginning Nov. 8. Like the Mustangs, the Blue Demons made last season’s NCAA Tournament, also exiting in the first round.
Nonconference foes Akron, Duquesne, San Diego, St. Mary’s and Harvard as well as Big West Conference rivals UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Long Beach State all earned WNIT berths.
Cal Poly will face New Mexico State in the home opener Nov. 18 as part of a two-game swing that will also bring Nevada to Mott Athletics Center on Nov. 20.
“This is arguably the toughest preseason schedule that we've put together,” 17th-year head coach Faith Mimnaugh said.
“There won't be a single night off for the Mustangs, and basketball fans everywhere will love watching this team take on these top notch teams.”
Stanford 3, Cal Poly 0
At Stanford, the No. 8 Cardinals downed the Mustangs 25-12, 25-10, 25-19.
Stanford (6-3) hit .453 for the match while the Mustangs (4-6) hit only .054.
Megan McConnell led the Mustangs with 11 kills and five digs. Chelsea Hardin added six kills.
For Stanford, Inky Ajanaku and Jordan Burgess each had eight kills each with Carly Wopat and Brittany Howard each adding six kills each.