Jan. 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The 13th-ranked Bruins won 11 of Saturday's 16 events and remained undefeated on the season with a tri-meet victory over San Diego State (185-114) and Kansas (218-81). UCLA is 10-0 in dual meets this season. Junior Ting Quah won three races.
The meet began with San Diego State taking the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:43.02, as the Bruins finished second. Freshman Katie Kinnear, sophomores Jessica Khojasteh and Noelle Tarazona and junior Cynthia Fascella just missed the win with a time of 1:43.11.
The Bruins followed that with back-to-back victories. Junior Lauren Baker (9:55.39) and freshman Megan Rankin (10:07.01) went 1-2 in the 1000 Freestyle, which was followed by a 1-3-4 placing in the 200 Free, as Quah won her first event of the afternoon with a time of 1:49.37. San Diego State won the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Breaststroke, but the Bruins earned valuable points with a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 Back.
Heading into the first break, the Bruins took the top four spots in the 200 Butterfly. Tarazona swam 1:59.98 to take first, followed by junior Anna Senko (2:01.23), senior Stephanie Christofferson (2:02.33) and freshman Madison Applegate (2:05.37). UCLA then went 1-2-4 in the 50 Free, as Fascella finished first in a time of 23.56 and Khojasteh was second (23.59).
With the Bruin Diving Invitational taking place all weekend, the One-Meter preliminary scores from Saturday's session accounted for the first diving event for the tri-meet. Sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja won the event with a score of 250.70, as seniors Maggy Boyd (230.55) and Michelle Vale (223.20) and junior Paulina Guzman (221.65) placed fourth through sixth.
Ivory-Ganja (6th) and Boyd (21st) each reached the final of the One-Meter competition for the Bruin Diving Invite. Ivory-Ganja placed fifth with a score of 519.80, while Boyd was 16th (461.75).
Quah began the second part of the swimming session with her second win of the day, swimming a 50.75 in the 100 Freestyle. The Aztecs claimed the next two events, the 200 Backstroke and the 200 Breaststroke.
Rankin claimed the 500 Freestyle to get UCLA back on track, finishing in a time of 4:53.92, which was followed by Quah's third victory of the meet. The junior swam a 54.59 to take the 100 Butterfly, as Christofferson was second in a time of 55.26.
The second diving event actually took place on Friday with the Women's Three-Meter. Ivory-Ganja was first in the prelims (314.70), while Vale (256.10), Guzman (254.50) and Boyd (252.90) placed fourth through sixth.
Senko won the 200 Individual Medley following the second break in a time of 2:02.65, while the 400 Freestyle Relay squad took first-place honors to wrap up the meet. Khojasteh, Quah, Fascella and sophomore Taylor Carlson swam a time of 3:25.26.
The swimming team returns to the pool next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center against Simon Fraser. The final day of the Bruin Diving Invitational begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Women's Platform preliminaries.