SDSU won all 16 events of the dual meet in San Luis Obispo
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January 16, 2021 (San Luis Obispo) - San Diego State’s swimming and diving team closed out a two-meet weekend with a win Saturday, topping the Cal Poly Mustangs 169-109 in a dual meet at Anderson Aquatic Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The Aztecs kicked off the meet with a dominant 200-medley relay win, as the quartet of sophomore Riley Tapley, junior Sammy Geyer, senior Klara Thormalm and junior Lizzie Menzmer touched the wall with a time of 1:45.30. The relay team’s time was almost two seconds faster than any other competitor in the event.
Sophomore Christy Neufeld started off the individual swimming events with a win in the 1000 free, finishing with a first-place time of 11:00.74. Behind her was junior Milena Karpisz, placing second with a time of 11:09.22. Junior Mia Ryan won the 200 free with a time of 1:55.49 while fellow junior Kristina Murphy earned a silver-medal finish with a time of 1:56.24.
Tapley earned her first individual win of the day in the 100 back, placing first with a season-best effort of 57.33. Geyer dominated the field of competition in the 100 breast, topping the podium with a time of 1:03.82. Sophomore Paige Mitchell continued a successful weekend in the water with a win in the 200 fly, touching the wall with a time of 2:09.13. With the dual clutched mathematically, the Aztecs exhibitioned many of their swimmers and divers in the final eight events.
Senior Elli Ferrin captured the 50 free title with a time of 24.43 with fellow senior Larisa tam finishing just .10 seconds behind her for the second-fastest mark in the event.
Ryan earned her second individual win of the day with the top mark in the 100 free, touching the wall in 52.09. Tapley followed suit with her second title of the meet, topping the competition in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.43, while Mitchell earned her second gold medal of the day with a win in the 500 free, finishing with a time of 5:14.05.
In the 200 breast, junior Kristina Murphy walked away with the title with a time of 2:21.69. The top finish based on time was an exhibition performance from senior Klara Thormalm, who touched the wall with a mark of 2:21.38. Similarly, Tapley earned her third event title in the 100 fly with a time of 59.02, while senior Elli Ferrin exhibitioned the event and captured the top time finish with a time of 58.11.
Murphy finished the day’s individual swims with a win in the 200 individual medley, besting the field of competition with a gold-medal finish of 2:10.09.
The Aztecs’ 200 free relay squad of Menzmer, Thormalm, Ryan, and Geyer closed out the meet with a podium-topping finish, completing the relay in just 1:36.84.
On the springboard, junior Lexi Letts took the top finish on the 1 meter with a score of 251.02 while fellow junior Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez topped the podium with a score of 276.60.
The Aztecs return to San Diego county for their next road dual meet, taking on the University of San Diego Toreros on Jan. 22 at the Sports Center Pool.