Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Eric Owens helped the 400 medley relay team place second at the Arena Invitational.
Canyonview Pool Welcomes Division I Cal Poly Sunday
Release: Thursday 12/15/2011 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Canyonview Aquatic Center will host its final collegiate event of 2011 this Sunday, Dec. 18 as UC San Diego welcomes NCAA Division I Cal Poly to La Jolla.

The dual meet gets underway at 2 p.m. at Canyonview Pool. It will be the last competition for both teams prior to the new year.

UC San Diego hasn't competed in almost a month, most recently putting up a solid showing at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 17-19. The men finished third overall behind fourth-ranked Stanford and UC Santa Barbara, while coming in ahead of several Division I teams like Arizona State, BYU and Hawaii. The women placed 10th, ahead of Fresno State, Hawaii, LMU, Pepperdine and the University of San Diego.

Individually, sophomore Nick Korth swam a school-record 53.70 to take first place in the 100 breaststroke on the second day of competition. Senior Alex Henley broke her own school record to win the 200 backstroke. Her swim of 1:57.11 on the third and final day of the meet topped her previous record time of 1:57.14.

On day two, freshman Dane Stassi finished sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.76, the second fastest time ever recorded by a Triton in the event. He followed that up the next day with a 1:46.64 in the 200 fly, also No. 2 on UCSD's all-time list.

Since the Big West Conference decided to drop swimming and diving after the 2009-10 season, the Cal Poly men have competed in the Pac-12 while the women swim in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the same league that the UC San Diego men's volleyball team plays in.

The Mustangs are coming off a double win at the Finis Collegiate Invitational Dec. 10-12 in South Gate, Calif. The women placed first with 2760 points while the men topped the field with 2317.5 points.

This past Wednesday, Cal Poly senior Gloria Benefield was named the MPSF Swimming Athlete of the Week as she set two school records and swam a pair of NCAA'B' cut standards at the Finis Collegiate Invitational.

The last time UCSD and Cal Poly met was in a tri-meet at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 10, 2007. The Tritons' 200 free relay teams placed second, defeating Cal Poly in both the men's and women's races.

Cal Poly swims at San Diego State on Saturday before coming to UCSD.

UCSD's first competition of 2012 will take place on Jan. 6 at San Diego State. The men will take on Rice while the women will go up against Rice, San Diego State and Washington State. The following day, the Tritons will host their first event of the new year as Grand Canyon comes to La Jolla.

All fans are admitted free to every UCSD home swim meet. For directions to Canyonview, please click here

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