March 2, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Junior Lauren Baker and sophomores Emma Ivory-Ganja and Noelle Tarazona each posted Top 3 finishes on the final day of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. Tarazona was second in the 200 Butterfly, while Baker (1650 Freestyle) and Ivory-Ganja (Platform Diving) finished third in their events.
The evening session began with the 1650 Free, as Baker swam a career-best 16:08.01, finishing third in the event. The junior also improved her already third-best time in UCLA history. Freshmen Megan Rankin (8th, 16:32.04) and Katy Campbell (9th, 16:33.12) also finished in the Top 10.
Junior Ting Quah advanced to the A final of the 100 Freestyle, swimming a 49.05 in the morning preliminaries, which was a career best and placed her fifth on UCLA's all-time list. Quah also finished eighth in the final, while junior Kathryn Murphy was 12th overall with a time of 49.29.
Perhaps the best race of the entire Championships for the Bruins came in the 200 Butterfly. UCLA had three of the eight slots in the A final, two more in the B race and two more in the C race.
In the A final, Tarazona's 1:55.45 put her second. The career-best time moved her into third on UCLA's all-time list. Junior Anna Senko, whose 1:57.78 in the prelims put her eighth on the Bruins' all-time list, finished fifth in the final, while senior Stephanie Christofferson was sixth.
The last swimming race of the Championships was the 400 Freestyle Relay, as the quartet of Murphy, Quah, sophomore Taylor Carlson and Khojasteh placed sixth (3:19.88).
Ivory-Ganja produced her second Top 3 finish of the Championships, placing second in the Platform Diving event. After being third in the prelims (248.90), she moved up one spot in the final with a score of 273.90. Senior Maggy Boyd was ninth overall (208.50), junior Paulina Guzman was 13th (197.95) and freshman Montana Monahan was 15th (178.40).
As a team, the Bruins finished fifth with 998.5 points.
Next up for the diving team are the NCAA Zone E Championships in Colorado Springs from March 14-16. The swimmers are back in the pool for the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis (March 21-23).