LAS VEGAS and TUCSON - The UCLA swimming team wrapped up competition at the UNLV Fall Invitational Saturday morning, while the Bruin diving squad completed day two at the Wildcat Diving Invite. Junior Noelle Tarazona highlighted the swimming session with a first-place showing in the 200 Butterfly, while senior Paulina Guzman reached the 1-Meter Final and finished sixth.
The morning swimming preliminaries would be the last session for the Bruins, who returned to UCLA prior to this evening's finals because of poor air quality. "We bussed it here so we have the flexibility to leave early and not get home at midnight tonight," head swimming coach Cyndi Gallagher said. "It was a great meet with lots of racing and a great opportunity for the entire team to swim an NCAA order meet. The air quality effected those whose immune system was a bit down from being sick coming into the week. I thought it was best if we got back to study, recover and get back to work before they travel home for Thanksgiving."
The morning began with the 200 Backstroke, as senior Anna Senko had a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:58.43, which marked her third NCAA 'B' qualifying time of the weekend. Also posting Top 20 finishes were freshman Madison White (10th, 2:01.11) and senior Jesse Bergman (14th, 2:02.13). Four others would have also reached the evening finals: junior Courtney Wilde (21st, 2:05.10), freshman Nina Hayes (23rd, 2:05.25), senior Arlyn Upshaw (26th, 2:05.74) and freshman Hayden Walker (31st, 2:06.47).
In the 100 Freestyle, three qualified for the C Final. Senior Ting Quah was 17th overall (51.48), junior Ally Loper 20th (51.68) and freshman Linnea Mack was 24th (51.84). Junior Taylor Carlson (26th, 51.92) made the D Final, as did junior Monica Dornick (27th, 51.99).
Five swimmers qualified for the finals in the 200 Breaststroke. Freshman Ashley Tse was seventh overall with a 2:19.78. Junior Jessica Khojasteh placed 14th (2:22.20), freshman Brigitte Winkler was 16th (2:23.83), Carlson was 22nd (2:25.03) and freshman Maggie Burton 25th (2:25.51).
Rounding out the morning in the 200 Butterfly, Tarazona posted a first-place time of 1:57.21, which was nearly two full seconds ahead of the NCAA 'B' qualifying time. Three other Bruins were in the top seven, as Senko was third (2:00.18), Quah sixth (2:01.34) and junior Kacey Milligan seventh (2:02.15). Others who qualified for the finals were sophomore Madison Applegate (13th, 2:05.38), senior Lauren Baker (24th, 2:07.51) and Upshaw (26th, 2:07.61).
In Tucson, Guzman led the Bruin quintet in the 1-Meter with a sixth-place showing in the preliminary six dives with a score of 257.95. Freshman Annika Lenz was ninth with a 252.90 to qualify for the Consolation Final. Rounding out the Bruin contingent were senior Haley McNamara (21st, 214.30), sophomore Montana Monahan (28th, 204.80) and freshman Danni Repper (31st, 201.00).
Lenz was fourth in the Consolation Final with a score of 263.55. Guzman remained in sixth with a 245.05 in the Championship Final.
The Bruin diving team wraps up competition in Tucson on Sunday with the Platform, as Lenz, Monahan and Repper will dive. The UCLA swimming squad is off until the Texas Invitational (Dec. 5-7).