The Cal Poly men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began competition under new head coach Tom Milich at the Malibu Invitational hosted by Pepperdine on Saturday.

The men’s team was dominant, taking first in every event of the three-team contest. NAIA La Verne and Cal Lutheran also participated in the meet.

Cal Poly’s Cody Laxo placed first in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 1.29 seconds. He was followed by Adam Morales in second with a time of 2:03.71. Five other Mustangs placed in the top eight. Laxo also won the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.53. Morales went on to win the 100 back with a time of 54.50.

The Mustangs’ Kellen Ranahan won the 100 fly with a time of 52.93 and the 50 fly with a time of 24.09 while Brian Gruber and Scott London tied for second in the 50 fly with a time of 25.26. Gruber beat out 20 competitors in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.61.

Don Sales won the 200 fly with time of 2:01.21 while Morales took first in the 50 back, finishing at 25.96. In the 200 back, Cal Poly’s Tanner Henning came in first with a time of 2:06.10.

In the 50 breast, Kevin Michelmore came out on top with a time of 28.08 seconds. He also won the 100 breast with a time of 59.12. Brent Summers took first in the 50 free, coming in at 22.26.

In the 100 free, Cal Poly’s Mark Dieu came in first with a time of 48.90 while Daniel Lara placed first in 1-meter diving with a score of 226.20. The Mustangs’ Corwin Didio took first in the 500 free with a time of 4:46.21.

As a team, the Mustangs won the 200 medley relay (1:41.26), the 200 free relay (1:30.53), the 400 medley relay (3:40.56) and the 400 free relay (3:22.49).

The Cal Poly women’s swimming and diving team also kicked off their 2006 season at the Malibu Invitational.

Division I Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and NAIA Cal Lutheran also participated in the meet.

Cal Poly’s Amy Speer took second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:14.78.

The Mustangs’ Stacy Sorenson took fourth place (1:58.67) in the 200 free while teammate Christina Shilling took eighth (2:01.29).

Speer placed third in the 200 IM (2:16.63).

In the 200 back, three Mustangs finished in the top eight. Erin Musgrave came in fourth place (2:16.65), Erin Moody in fifth (2:17.63) and Sorenson in seventh (2:20.65).

As a team, the Mustangs took third place in the 400 free relay.

Cal Poly returns to action Friday and Saturday when they travel to UC Irvine for the Big West Conference Shootout.

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