Nov. 22, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's swimming and diving team defeated Arizona State by a 151-87 margin in the Pac-10 opener for both squads. The Bruins won nine of the first 10 events of the competition en route to the win at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center pool.
The Bruin divers set the tone on Friday morning, putting together a 1-2-3 sweep of the one-meter diving with Heidi Prosser, Paige Thompson and Regan Gosnell combining for the maximum 16 points for the Bruins in that event. ASU's Trisha Tumlinson won the three-meter event with a score of 299.25, but the Bruins claimed the next three spots in the standings.
When the swimming portion of the afternoon started at 2 pm, the Bruin 400 Medley Relay team of Taylor Spivey, Leslie Hovsepian, Kristen Lewis and Erica Shugart continued where the divers left off, out-touching ASU for the win in a time of 3:47.24. Bruin dominance continued from that point, as Jackie Lobdell won the 1000 Free, Malin Svahnstrom won the 200 Free and Sara Platzer won the 50 Free before ASU's Agnes Kovacs earned her school's first event victory with a 2:03.64 in the 200 Individual Medley.
After the first break, UCLA continued where it left off, notching wins in the 200 Fly by Kim Vandenberg (2:02.18), the 100 Free by Platzer (50.99), the 200 Back by Spivey (2:01.56) and the 500 Free by Lobdell. UCLA swam the final two events of the afternoon, the 200 Breast and the 400 Free Relay, as exhibition.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center against Arizona. Diving is scheduled to begin at 10 am.