Peter Kline got a short taste of Thursday morning’s NCAA Swimming Championships, but Cal Poly head coach Tom Milich said his senior gained confidence heading into his signature event.
Kline was 0.10 seconds off his school-record mark in the 200-yard individual medley but had the 38th-fastest qualifying time out of 55 swimmers in the event at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Kline’s time of 1 minute, 46.99 seconds was not good enough to qualify him for the evening’s finals, but after a sub-par start to the race, Milich said Kline found a groove going into today’s 400 IM, where he ranks 12th in the field.
“He was comfortable on the back half of the race,” Milich said.
“Everything was better, and that’s a good sign for him that he felt pretty good and pretty strong at the end of the race.”
Kline finished second in the 400 IM at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 3:45.91.
Already the only Mustangs swimmer to make the NCAA Championships since the program moved to Division I in 1994, if Kline lives up to his seed, he would advance to the consolation final featuring the first eight qualifiers who were left out of the championship final.
If Kline is one of the top eight qualifiers, he will become Cal Poly’s first All-America swimmer in an era whose start predates the beginning of Division II in 1964.
Kline will also compete in Saturday’s 200 backstroke.
MEN’S GOLF Cal Poly at Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge
The Cal Poly men’s golf team is in first place after eighteen holes at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande.
The Mustangs had a score of 292, four strokes ahead of second-place Creighton, thanks to Bryan Pierce and Bryce Greeley, who sit one-two atop the standings. Pierce shot a 3-under 69, and Greeley is one stroke back with a 70. Mustangs sophomore Pace Johnson is fourth with an even-par 72. Cal Poly got an 81 from Alex Franklin and an 84 from Daniel Miller.
WOMEN’S GOLF Cal Poly at Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge
The Mustangs are sitting in third place after one round at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge at Cypress Ridge golf course in Arroyo Grande.
The Cal Poly women had a score of 319, eleven strokes behind leader Sacramento State. Asia Adell is tied for sixth for the Mustangs after shooting a 5-over 78, and Alicia Webber and Alex Phillips are tied for eighth with three other golfers at 79. Cal Poly has six golfers in the top-20.
Cuesta’s home game against Ventura was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up today, weather permitting.