A busy week for UCLA swimming featured Katie Kinnear and incoming freshmen Ashley Tse and Madison White doing well at last week's Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Ting Quah continuing her tour of Europe at the FINA World Cup and Hayley Hacker returning home from the Maccabiah Games and talking about her experience.
Hacker sat down with the Daily Bruin last week to discuss her experience in Israel and at the Maccabiah Games. The link to the story can be found here.
Kinnear was in Irvine for the second straight week after also participating at the U.S. Open. On Aug. 5, she won the C Final of the 200 Butterfly. After going 2:15.22 in the preliminaries to set a personal best, she eclipsed that mark with a 2:13.33 in the final. She advanced to the B Final the next day in the 200 Backstroke. Kinnear swam a 2:16.30 in the prelims and improved on that to set a personal best with a 2:15.82 to place 11th.
After going from the C to the B Final over her first two days, Kinnear made the A Final in the 100 Fly on Aug. 7. She swam nearly identical times in the prelims (1:00.46) and final (1:00.56) to finish seventh in both races.
Tse made a pair of finals. On Aug. 5, she set a personal best in the 200 Breaststroke C Final with a 2:35.46 after going 2:36.18 in the prelims. Tse would again improve from the prelim to final on Aug. 8 in the 100 Breast, going from 1:12.27 in the prelims to 1:12.21 (13th) in the B Final to set a personal best.
White made the A Final on Aug. 8 in the 100 Back. She finished eighth in both the prelims (1:02.75) and the final (1:03.21).
After finishing up the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Quah remained in Europe swimming for her native Singapore at the FINA World Cup. On Aug. 7 and 8, she was in Eindhoven, The Netherlands to swim five events. On Aug. 7, she tied for 10th in the 100 Fly (59.40), was 12th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:18.25) and 13th in the 200 Freestyle (1:59.24). Quah swam two more events on Aug. 8, finishing 17th in the 50 Fly (27.38) and 18th in the 100 Free (55.08).
Two days later, Quah moved east to Berlin, Germany for the next round of the World Cup. On Aug. 10, she was 12th in both the 200 Free (1:58.80) and 100 Fly (59.53) and 20th in the 50 Free (25.61). She rounded out the competition with a 17th-place finish in the 100 IM (1:03.88) and an 18th-place showing in the 100 Free (55.27) on Aug. 11.