Feb. 16, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - In the final regular season meet of the 2003 season, the UCLA swimming and diving team lost to cross-town rival USC 162-138. With the loss, the Bruins will end the regular season with a conference record of 2-4 and an overall record of 5-4.
Junior Sara Platzer, who won the 50 Free in 23.45 and tied for first with teammate Kim Vandenberg in winning the 100 Free in 51.26, led the Bruins. Junior Taylor Spivey kicked things off for the Bruins, winning UCLA's first event of the day, the 100 Back in 55.81. Spivey later placed second in the 200 Back in 2:01.31. Junior Brooke Winkler won the 200 Breast in 2:16.15 and was second in the 400 IM in 4:21.11. Also victorious for the Bruins was the 200 Free Relay team of Platzer, Vandenberg, Erica Shugart and Malin Svahnstrom, which won in 1:33.57.
In addition to tying for first in the 100 Free, Vandenberg also placed second in both the 100 and 200 Fly in 55.99 and 1:58.85, respectively. Junior Leslie Hovsepian placed second in the 100 Breast in 1:05.20, followed by Cathy Coler in third place (1:05.42). Coler also placed third in the 200 Breast in 2:18.04. Rounding out the top Bruin performances in the pool were juniors Naoko Watanabe, who was third in the 200 Back (2:03.48), and Kristen Lewis, who was third in the 100 Fly (55.99).
In the diving events, the Trojans' Blythe Hartley won both the one- and three-meter with 30.00 points each. For the Bruins, senior Jen McNally was third on the one-meter (32.00 points) and fifth on the three-meter (34.00 points). Senior Regan Gosnell was fourth on both the one- and three-meter (33.00 points). And, freshman Paige Thompson with fifth on one-meter (34.00 points) and third on three-meter (32.00 points).
UCLA will compete at the Pac-10 Championships February 27-March 1 in Federal Way, WA. The NCAA Championships will take place March 20-22 in Auburn, AL.