Feb. 28, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja placed third in the Three-Meter Diving event to highlight day two of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. Four different Bruins, senior Andrea Reigel and juniors Lauren Baker, Kathryn Murphy and Ting Quah also improved their NCAA B qualifying times.
In the morning preliminaries of the 500 Freestyle, Baker swam a time of 4:44.71, a career best, which also improved her NCAA B time and put her in seventh in UCLA history in the event. Baker made the B final, as did teammate freshman Megan Rankin. Baker finished 13th overall with a 4:46.81 in the B race, while Rankin was 16th (4:49.50). In the C final, sophomore Kacey Milligan had a season-best mark of 4:49.39, good for 21st.
The 200 Individual Medley was a good event for both Reigel and junior Anna Senko. Senko made the A final, finishing seventh in the prelims (1:58.27) and the final (1:58.63). However, it was Reigel who had the faster time in the evening session. The senior, whose 1:58.70 was already a season best and improved her NCAA B time, shaved more than a second off in the final, going 1:57.31 to win the B race and post the second-fastest time in UCLA history. Sophomore Noelle Tarazona (20th) and senior Karoline Sanderud (23rd) each made the C final.
In the 50 Free, Quah qualified for the A final, posting a career-best mark of 22.57 in the prelims, improving on her NCAA B time. She lowered that mark in the final, going 22.52 to finish eighth in the A race and move into fourth in UCLA history in that event. After qualifying tied for 17th in the prelims, Murphy had a season-best mark of 22.51, winning the C final and improving her NCAA B mark. Thursday's swimming portion concluded with the 200 Freestyle Relay, with the Bruin A team finishing eighth (1:33.66).
Ivory-Ganja got the Bruins their first Top 3 finish of the meet in the Three-Meter. She was fifth after the preliminary diving with a score of 288.60. The sophomore would go on to improve to a 327.50 in the finals to move up to third. Junior Paulina Guzman was 10th (262.70), senior Michelle Vale 12th (253.60) and senior Maggy Boyd was 21st (205.60).
Through seven events, the Bruins are fifth with a team score of 313.
The Championships heat up tomorrow with 11 a.m. prelims of the 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Free, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke and One-Meter Diving. Those six finals, as well as the 400 Medley Relay, will commence at 6 p.m.