Cal Poly swimmer Peter Kline had the 20th-fastest qualifying time Friday at the prelims of the 400 individual medley race at the national championships in Minneapolis.
Kline, a senior from Fresno, clocked a time of 3 minutes, 47.69 seconds. His 100 backstroke time was 51.48 seconds, with his butterfly leg at 57.28 seconds, breaststroke leg at 1:05.69 and freestyle leg at 53.24 seconds.
The top eight finishers in the 32-swimmer field advanced to the final, with the next eight going on to the consolation competition.Kline had finished second at the Pac-10 championships a month ago in the event with a personal-best time of 3:45.91, which was 12th-best in the nation.
Today, Kline will compete in the 200 backstroke, his last opportunity to become the first Mustang to earn Division I All-American honors in almost 50 years.
A year ago he also swam at the national championships, becoming the first Cal Poly swimmer to do so since the program jumped to the Division I level in 1994.