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TUCSON, Ariz. - A year after a victory in the final relay gave the Bruins an upset victory over the Wildcats, Arizona turned the tables on UCLA on Friday in Tucson, posting a 151-149 victory. Seniors Ting Quah and Anna Senko, junior Noelle Tarazona and freshman Madison White each won races, while freshman Annika Lenz took first in both diving events.

The Wildcats opened the meet with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay, with the Bruins finishing second and third. Freshmen Linnea Mack and Brigitte Winkler, Tarazona and senior Kathryn Murphy posted a time of 1:42.23, followed by White, junior Jessica Khojasteh, sophomore Katie Kinnear and junior Taylor Carlson (1:44.06).

Arizona would also win each of the next two Freestyle events, the 1000 and 200. Senior Lauren Baker notched the best Bruin finish in the 1000, going 10:03.42 to place second. In the 200, Quah was second (1:49.96) and Senko placed fourth (1:50.25).

The Bruins got in the win column in event four, the 100 Backstroke, as White earned the victory with a time of 55.20 and Mack gave the visitors a 1-2 finish with a 55.97. Arizona took first-place honors in the 100 Breaststroke, as Winkler posted the best time (1:04.66, 4th) for the Bruins.

UCLA earned its second victory of the meet in the 200 Butterfly, as Tarazona swam a 2:00.03, just out-touching teammate Kinnear (2:00.14). Sophomore Arlyn Upshaw was fourth at 2:04.87. Heading into the first break, Arizona won the 50 Free.

In the 1-Meter diving event, Lenz finished first with 263.03 points, while senior Paulina Guzman was third (241.35). Out of the first swimming break, Arizona won the next four events, the 100 Free, the 200 Back, the 200 Breast and the 500 Free to open up a 125-101 lead in the meet.

The Bruins had a 2-3 finish in the 100 Free, as Murphy went 50.87 and Quah swam a 51.15. UCLA earned the two through five spots in the 200 Back. White posted an NCAA 'B' qualifying time in the 200 Back at 1:59.16, which was followed by Senko (2:00.86), Kinnear (2:01.29) and senior Jesse Bergman (2:02.23). 

In the 200 Breast, Khojasteh was the top Bruin swimmer, placing fourth with a 2:20.07. UCLA added another 2-5 finish in the 500 Free, as Baker was second (4:57.55), juniors Ally Loper (4:59.26) and Kacey Milligan (5:04.34) were third and fourth and freshman Michaela Merlihan (5:07.34) fifth. 

Thanks to a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 Fly, the Bruins cut their 24-point meet deficit to 11 at 128-117 heading into the second break. Quah posted an NCAA 'B' qualifying mark of 54.41, followed by Kinnear (55.29) and Tarazona (55.55).

UCLA would win its second diving event in the 3-Meter, as Lenz posted a 289.20. Sophomore Montana Monahan was fifth with 215.63 points.

Out of the second swimming break, the Bruins took the lead in the meet with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 Individual Medley. Senko was first with at 2:03.98, followed by Tarazona (2:05.47) and freshman Ashley Tse (2:05.88) to give UCLA a 144-139 edge.

However, Arizona, which lost the same 200 Free Relay on a disqualification a year ago at Spieker Aquatics Center, won the final event this time around. The quartet of Murphy, Quah, Khojasteh and Mack were out-touched by .3 seconds, falling 1:32.16 to 1:32.46.

The Bruins are back in the pool on Saturday at #22 Arizona State at 11 a.m.

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