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Mar 19, 2013 5:46 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's O'Brien set to make history at NCAA Championships

Rachel O'Brien is about to enter uncharted waters for the Cal Poly swimming team this week. The senior qualified in the 100 and 200 butterfly events for the NCAA Division I Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. O'Brien is the first Cal Poly woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships since the program turned Division I in 1994.

"I'm honored that I can represent the team and it shows that since Tom (Milich) has been here and we've turned Division 1 we've improved a lot and each year got better. And I think I'll be the first of many from Cal Poly to go," said O'Brien.

She qualified for NCAA's as a sophomore and junior while at Oregon State. She finished 17th in the 200 fly last year, missing All-American status by one spot. She has set a few goals for this year.

"To get a best time would be one of my goals. And if I do get a best time I most likely make top 16. but if I make top 16 and I don't get a best time I'll be really happy. So just to get that All-American would be really amazing," said O'Brien.

In the 100 fly, O'Brien is seeded 40th, at 53.08 seconds. She's Cal Poly's school record-holder in each event. The prelims are on Friday morning. The 200 fly is on Saturday.

Santa Maria native Meghan Zimmer, a senior at San Diego State, will compete in three relay events in Indianapolis. She will represent the Aztecs in the 400 yard medley, 400 yard freestyle and 800 freestyle relays. Zimmer, a Pioneer Valley High graduate, set two SDSU records this season. She ranks #1 in the 100 free style (49.74 seconds) and #1 in the 200 free (1:45.49).

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