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Swimming

Two Big West Men's Swimmers Head to NCAA Championships

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NCAA Championship Central - Schedules, results, & live video.

3/24/2010

The Big West will be represented by two swimmers at the NCAA Championships as Cal Poly's Peter Kiline and UC Davis' Scott Weltz will head to the Midwest for a chance at All-America honors and national titles. The NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 25-27 at The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Kline is Cal Poly's first qualifier for the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships since the university’s athletics program was elevated to Division I in 1994. He qualified automatically in the 400 individual medley with the 17th-fastest time in the field and has accepted invitations to compete in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke.

Cal Poly had never before qualified a swimmer or diver for the Division I nationals. Mustangs Gene Lenz, John (Jack) Adam and Frank Brooks were NCAA Division I All-Americans in the late 1950s and early 1960s before Division II competition was instituted in 1964.

Kline's best time in the 400 individual medley is 3 minutes, 46.79 seconds. He is 33rd in the 200 backstroke field with a time of 1:44.85 and 51st in the 200 individual medley field with a time of 1:47.86.

Weltz returns to his second straight NCAA Championships and will compete in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke. Weltz set an NCAA "B" Consideration time of 1:45.48 at the Texas Invitational Dec. 3, ranking him 23rd nationally. His qualifying time of 46.90 in the 100 butterfly at the same meet was a UC Davis record and places him 20th in Division I. He also hit a time of 1:56.14 in the 200 breaststroke at the Big West Championships Feb. 20 to win the event, the 19th-fastest time in the country.
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