SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal men’s and women’s swimming teams normally train and compete separately, but Saturday morning’s racing at Cal Poly provided an opportunity for the two squads to share their lanes in a series of coed relays.
The meet came one day after crowning King and Queen of the Pool, in which winners were determined by the lowest combined times in five 100-yard events – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley.
On Saturday, the quartet of Rachel Bootsma, K.T. Livingstone, Trent Williams and Shayne Fleming posted a winning time of 1:30.50 to edge Alicia Grima, Melanie Klaren, Tyler Messerschmidt and Michael Haney in the mixed 200-yard free relay.
In what was dubbed the mixed 200-yard free championship relay, the Cal foursome of Rachael Acker, Mikkel-Ane Stipe, Long Gutierrez and Scott Farley finished in 1:30.34, just ahead of Grima, Klaren, Messerschmidt and Haney, who touched the wall in 1:30.65.
The mixed 200-yard medley was won by Cindy Tran, Kristen Vredeveld, Ryan Murphy and Chris Leon in 1:37.33, while the same group came back to claim the 200-yard medley championship relay in 1:36.60.
The Golden Bear men make their home debut with a dual meet vs. Pacific on Oct. 3. The Cal women are at Oregon State Sept. 27 before returning to Berkeley for their first home meet of the year vs. Washington State Oct. 4.