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College roundup: Santiago named Big West Player of the Week again

Tribune file photo by David MIddlecamp: Cal Poly forward Kristina Santiago is the Big West’s leading scorer at 20.2 points per game.
Tribune file photo by David MIddlecamp: Cal Poly forward Kristina Santiago is the Big West’s leading scorer at 20.2 points per game. The Tribune 2008

Cal Poly forward Kristina Santiago on Monday was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week for the second straight time.

The junior is averaging a conference-leading 20.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. During the Mustangs’ 76-73 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Santiago, a Righetti High grad, had 34 points on 16-of-24 shooting — all career highs.

Santiago, the ninth Cal Poly player to surpass the 1,000-point milestone (and the fourth to accomplish the feat in fewer than three full seasons), added 15 points and a career-best 15 rebounds Saturday during an 86-63 win over Long Beach State.

Cal Poly (11-5, 4-1) is currently tied with UC Davis (11-6, 4-1) for first in the Big West standings.

COLLEGE SWIMMINGRacing against several Olympians and high-profile record-holders, Cal Poly had a handful of standout finishes at the Long Beach Grand Prix at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Highly touted Mustangs freshman Angie Haven was sixth in both the 100-yard breaststroke (in 1 minute, 3.82 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:03.54). In the first event, former world record-holder Jessica Hardy won in 58.99 seconds. In the 200 IM, Ariana Kukors set a meet record, finishing in 1:55.05 and Olympians Katie Hoff, Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni took second through fourth.

Additionally, Cal Poly’s Lacey Buck was fifth in the women’s 1,650 freestyle in 16:51:16. Chloe Sutton won the event with a time of 16:10.85.

For the Cal Poly men, Matthew Waggoner was third in the 1,650 freestyle in a season-best 15:31:28, while Peter Kline came in fifth in the 200 IM in 1:50.21. Japan’s Hidemasa Sano won the 200 IM in 1:43.79, and Zane Grothe won the men’s 1,650 free in 15:11.89.

“We came down here to kind of showcase what we have now,” third-year Cal Poly head coach Tom Milich said. “This was a chance for us to race against some world-class athletes.”

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