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.”