Kline's Record Start At Cal Poly

By Karissa Fogel

Last year as a junior, swimmer Peter Kline became Cal Poly's first qualifier for the NCAA Division I National Championships since 1994 when the Mustangs advanced their athletics program to Division I status.

Now a senior and coached by Tom Milich, who has been coaching swimming for over 20 years, Kline has become Cal Poly's top male swimmer, with school records in the 400 IM (3:46.79), 100 backstroke (49.23) and 200 backstroke (1:44.85). Not only does Kline hold several of Cal Poly's swimming records, he also swam in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and has has competed on five relay teams, with personal bests in the 50 freestyle (22.47), 100 freestyle (46.06), 200 freestyle (1:40.06), 100 breaststroke (1:00.63), 100 butterfly (55.34) and 200 butterfly (1:53.40).

Peter Kline has had a phenomenal swimming career so far and partially has his father to thank. "My dad has been there for me, pushes me, and tells me to push myself," Kline said. "He's been my mediator in swimming. He tells me that he wants me to do what I want to do."

Kline and his father Dan have a close relationship, with the duo swimming the Alcatraz Invitational Swim together since Kline's freshman year.

Over the past four years, Kline has especially bonded with his team. "I love swimming at Cal Poly because of the team itself, the team is my best friends," he said. "I live with four of my teammates. We go to school together and swim together."

Kline's favorite event is the 200 back because he is a natural backstroker, but his specialty is the 400 IM.

He is currently working to improve and refine his 400 IM in hopes of placing either top 3 or top 8 in the Pac-10 conference. 

So far his most memorable moment in his swimming career was when he placed top 8 in the 400 IM for the first time. But as Kline gears up for the Pac-10 Swimming Championships ready to make his mark, he won't dive off the racing blocks before rocking out to his favorite alternative rock band Pendulum.

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