Nov. 15, 2012
LONG BEACH/HOUSTON - The 12th-ranked UCLA swimming and diving teams completed their first days at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach and the Phill Hansel Invite in Houston. Junior Ting Quah, sophomore Kacey Milligan and the Bruin relay teams highlighted Thursday's swimming action, while junior Paulina Guzman was the top finisher in the Three-Meter diving event.
The evening session at the Arena Invitational began with the UCLA 'A' team posting a fifth-place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The quartet of junior Kathryn Murphy, sophomore Jessica Khojasteh, freshman Katie Kinnear and Quah swam a time of 1:32.17.
In the 500 Freestyle, Milligan placed fourth in the consolation final, swimming a season-best time of 4:53.83, which bettered her preliminary mark by a little over four seconds. Event three, the 200 Individual Medley, saw sophomore Noelle Tarazona post the top UCLA time, a season-best 2:02.41, which was 3.5 seconds less than her prelim time.
Quah won the consolation final of the 50 Freestyle with a time of 23.10, which tied a personal best. Quah, who just missed out on the championship final by .02 seconds, would have had the fourth-best time among all finalists. Khojasteh also had a personal best with a time of 23.51.
Day one action concluded with the 400 Medley Relay, as Kinnear, Khojasteh, Tarazona and Quah finished fourth with a time of 3:41.13.
The Bruins are back in the pool with preliminaries starting around 11 a.m. (400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Free, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke). Friday finals begin at 6 p.m., which also include the 200 Medley and 800 Free Relays.
Guzman made the Three-Meter final, posting a season-best score of 320.40 (sixth place) and just missing out on a career best after improving on a 297.20 mark in the preliminary six dives. Sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja was 10th with a mark of 309.70 in the final. Senior Maggy Boyd just missed qualifying for the Top 12 final, but had a season-best total of 266.00.
The meet continues Friday with One-Meter prelims at 11 a.m. CT and the One-Meter final at 5 p.m.