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CP's Kline, UCD's Weltz FInish Swim Seasons with Strong NCAA Championship Showings


The final two competitors of the 2009-10 Big West men's swimming season entered the pool over the weekend at the NCAA Championships, bringing an end to a campaign full of successes for Cal Poly's Peter Kline and UC Davis' Scott Weltz. The national meet was held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

A junior, Kline posted the 37th-fastest time in the 200 backstroke preliminaries Sunday afternoon and missed qualifying for the finals at the NCAA Division I National Swimming and Diving Championships.

Kline's time was 1:45.80, about one second shy of the school record (1:44.85) he set at the Big West Conference Championships a month ago. He needed to finish in the top 16 to reach the final round and the 16th-fastest time was 1:42.55.

Kline posted the 21st-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 400 individual medley Saturday (3:48.66), 1.62 seconds short of advancing to the consolation final in that event. On Friday, he broke the school record in the 200 individual medley (1:47.82), but also failed to advance to the finals in the event.

Weltz, a senior competiting in his final collegiate events, took part in three races during the NCAA Championships. He finished with a season-best time of 1:45.24 to place 22nd in the preliminaries of the 200 IM, placed 23rd of 41 swimmers in the prelims of the 100 fly with a time of 47.11 and earned his best finish of the championships in the 200 breast, clocking in at 1:56.51 to finish 21st out of 41 swimmers.