March 1, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Junior Ting Quah set a new school record in the 100 Butterfly, senior Andrea Reigel continued her strong meet and junior Emily Weir, sophomore Noelle Tarazona and freshman Katie Kinnear each etched their names in the UCLA Top 10 on Friday at the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships.
Reigel continued her outstanding meet in the 400 Individual Medley. After finishing seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 4:12.13, which was a career best, bettered her NCAA B qualifying time and put her in second in UCLA history, she improved on that mark in the final. She finished seventh in the final with a time of 4:11.41.
Half of the B final were Bruins, as Tarazona swam a career-best 4:12.50 (11th overall), three seconds better than her prelim time, which propelled her into third on UCLA's Top 400 IM list. Senior Karoline Sanderud also improved on her NCAA B time with a 4:16.42 (12th overall). Rounding out the Bruin members of the B final were junior Lauren Baker (14th), who swam a 4:16.15 in the prelims and a 4:17.02 in the final and freshman Megan Rankin (16th), who had a 4:18.29 in the prelims and a 4:21.88 in the final. Sophomore Kacey Milligan was 20th, swimming a 4:17.31 in the C final.
In the 100 Butterfly, Quah twice shattered the Bruins' all-time best mark in the event. She had the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries, 52.21, and improved on that in the final with a 52.13 (5th), just .02 seconds away from guaranteeing her spot in the NCAA Championships. The previous best time was held by Yasi Jahanshahi, who swam a 52.46 in 2012.
Two Bruins, Kinnear and senior Stephanie Christofferson, made the B final. Kinnear went from 53.56 in the morning to 53.11 (10th) in the evening, the fifth-fastest time in UCLA history. Christofferson swam a 53.09 in the morning and a 53.38 (12th) in the final. Madison Applegate made the C final, swimming a 54.80 in the morning and a 55.46 (23rd) in the evening.
Three Bruins made the C final in the 200 Freestyle. Junior Kathryn Murphy was 19th with a 1:48.66 in the evening session, sophomore Monica Dornick was 21st (1:48.97) and freshman Katy Campbell placed 23rd (1:49.89).
In the 100 Breaststroke, Weir and sophomore Jessica Khojasteh qualified for the B final. Weir's prelim time of 1:02.01 was the seventh-best mark in UCLA history. She finished 14th overall, one spot below Khojasteh, who swam a 1:02.14 in the final. Sophomore Taylor Carlson was in the C final, posting a time of 1:03.91.
Two Bruins made the C final of the 100 Backstroke. Kinnear won the heat with a 54.32, while junior Jesse Bergman finished 24th with a 56.28 after going 55.66 in the morning.
The swimming portion ended with the 400 Medley Relay, as the Bruins quartet of Reigel, Weir, Quah and Murphy recorded a sixth-place finish (3:37.38).
In the One-Meter Diving event on Friday, sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja reached the final, going 283.10 (7th after the prelims) and 284.35 (7th in final). Junior Paulina Guzman was 12th (266.30), senior Michelle Vale was 14th (253.55) and senior Maggy Boyd 19th (221.85).
Through three days, the Bruins are fifth in the Championships with 614.5 points.
The final day of the Championships begins at 11 a.m. with the prelims of the 200 Backstroke, the 100 Freestyle, the 200 Breaststroke, the 200 Butterfly and the Platform Diving. The finals start at 6 p.m. with the 1650 Freestyle, followed by the finals of the other five events from the morning and the 400 Freestyle Relay.