12th-Ranked Bruins Drop Decision at #7 California

Feb. 2, 2013

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BERKELEY, Calif. - The 12th-ranked Bruins won eight of 16 events on Saturday at #7 California, but the host Golden Bears held on a for a 165-135 victory at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Junior Ting Quah won three times, sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja claimed both diving events and junior Lauren Baker and sophomores Jessica Khojasteh and Noelle Tarazona also won.

The Bears (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) posted a 1-2 finish in the opening 200 Medley Relay, which was followed by Baker taking first place in the 1000 Freestyle in a time of 9:53.94.

After a pair of 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 Free and 100 Backstroke and a 1-2 showing in the 100 Breaststroke for California, the Bruins (11-2, 5-2) got back into it with four straight victories. Tarazona (1:57.97) out-touched Cal's Caitlin Leverenz (1:58.00) in the 200 Butterfly. It was the second time this season that Tarazona had defeated the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, as she also accomplished the feat at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach on Nov. 17. Senior Stephanie Christofferson posted a third-place time of 2:00.87.

Heading into the first break, Quah won the 50 Free in a time of 23.14. The first diving event went to UCLA, as Ivory-Ganja (316.20) and junior Paulina Guzman (277.28) went 1-2 in the Three-Meter.

Out of the first swimming break, Quah posted her second-consecutive victory in the 100 Free with a time of 49.85. California bounced back with a 1-2 finish in the 200 Backstroke.

Khojasteh got in the win column in the 200 Breaststroke, posting a time of 2:16.68, with senior Karoline Sanderud placing second at 2:18.05. Cal then won the 500 Freestyle, but UCLA took the next two events to cut its deficit heading into the final two races.

Quah won her third event of the afternoon, taking the 100 Butterfly in a time of 53.44, as Christofferson placed third at 55.17. Then, the Bruins finished 1-2-3 in the One-Meter diving event to close to within 16 in the team score (140-124). Ivory-Ganja was first (287.40), followed by Guzman (269.25) and senior Michelle Vale (258.23). The score for Ivory-Ganja was a meet record between UCLA and California.

California would hold on to the victory though, taking the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Free Relay to win the meet by 30.

The Bruins are off from competition next week, but head to #1 USC on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m.

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