AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Lauren Baker won the 1650 Freestyle, while the 400 Free Relay squad set a school record on the final day of the Texas Invitational on Saturday.
It was an excellent meet for the Bruins, which featured three school records (freshman Linnea Mack - 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay), nine individual swims that cracked the UCLA Top 8 and 31 NCAA 'B' qualifying times.
After the morning preliminaries, it was Baker who set the tone for the Bruins in the evening session. Baker swam a 16:06.86, an NCAA 'B' qualifying time, to best the field by nearly six seconds. Sophomore Katy Campbell placed fourth with a 16:19.17, also setting an NCAA 'B' time and moving into fourth place on the UCLA Top 8 in that event.
A pair of Bruins made the A Final of the 200 Backstroke. Freshman Madison White was fourth after the prelims with a 1:56.89, while senior Jesse Bergman was eighth in the morning with a 1:58.34, as both swimmers had NCAA 'B' qualifying times.
White improved on her time in the evening session and entered the UCLA Top 8, going 1:55.68 to finish fifth overall and move into fourth on the school's all-time list for the 200 Back. Bergman was eighth overall with a 1:58.77 in the A Final.
Five Bruins advanced to the evening finals in the 100 Free. The best time in the morning came from senior Kathryn Murphy, who went 49.57, which was an NCAA 'B' qualifying time. Murphy would go faster in the evening with a 49.26, finishing 10th overall and second in the B Final. Senior Ting Quah was also in the B Final and placed 14th overall with an NCAA 'B' time of 49.81.
Mack won the D Final and moved into seventh on UCLA's all-time list with an NCAA 'B' mark of 49.59. Junior Monica Dornick had a career-best 50.43 in the C Final, finishing 21st overall, while White was 24th in the event with a 51.09 in the evening after going 50.70 in the morning.
In the 200 Breaststroke, junior Jessica Khojasteh made the B Final, going 2:16.47 (15th) in the morning and improving on that with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:15.44 (12th). Junior Taylor Carlson set a career best in the morning and bettered it in the C Final, going from 2:20.20 to 2:16.78.
All six Bruins who swam in the morning in the 200 Butterfly reached the evening finals, with five UCLA swimmers in the Top 19. The best time in the morning came from junior Noelle Tarazona, who was third in the prelims with an NCAA 'B' time of 1:56.37. She improved to second in the A Final with a 1:56.55.
Sophomore Katie Kinnear had an NCAA 'B' time of 1:58.54 (8th) in the prelims and improved to a 1:57.94 (10th) in the B Final. Quah went 1:59.54 (15th) in the morning and finished just behind Kinnear in the evening with an NCAA 'B' mark of 1:58.06 (11th). Senior Anna Senko won the C Final with a 1:58.31, an NCAA 'B' time. Sophomore Arlyn Upshaw was 19th (2:00.91) and sophomore Madison Applegate 31st (2:05.81).
The last swim of the weekend for the Bruins was another school record, as Murphy, Mack, Quah and Dornick had a 3:17.09 to best the mark of 3:17.55 set by Quah, Murphy, Kinnear and Senko at last season's NCAA Championships.
The Bruins are off from competition for the rest of 2013. Next up on the schedule is a Pac-12 matchup against Utah on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The meet will be tape-delay broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.