SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – For the second straight year, Cal Poly will be represented at the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships by Peter Kline.
Kline is an automatic qualifier in the 400 individual medley by virtue of his performance in last weekend's Pacific-10 Conference Championships and the senior from Fresno, Calif., also has been invited to compete in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke events.
A year ago, Kline became Cal Poly's first qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championships since the university's athletics program was elevated to Division I in 1994. A graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, he qualified automatically in the 400 individual medley with the 17th-fastest time in the field and accepted invitations to compete in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kline has the 12th-fastest time in the nation and finished second in the 400 IM at the Pac-10 finals with a time of 3 minute, 45.91 seconds. His best time this season in the 200 IM is 1:46.89 while his best in the 200 backstroke is 1:45.67. The 200 and 400 IM marks are career bests while Kline's career best time in the 200 backstroke is 1:44.85, established in 2010.
A year ago, Kline posted the 37th-fastest time in the 200 backstroke preliminaries, the 21st-fastest time in the 400 individual medley prelims and broke the school record in the 200 individual medley prelims at 1:47.82, but did not advance to the championship or consolation finals in any of the three events.
Kline is attempting to become the first Mustang to earn NCAA Division I All-American honors since Cal Poly elevated its athletics program to Division I in July 1994.
Former 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 was a Mid-Major All-American as a freshman and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Swim Trials. He was a CIF-Central Section champion in the 200 individual medley while attending San Joaquin Memorial High School and set section Division II records in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.
He is an agriculture engineering major concentrating on systems management.
In the nationals, Kline will compete in the 200 individual medley on Thursday (March 24), the 400 individual medley on Friday (March 25) and the 200 backstroke on Saturday (March 26).