The 16th-ranked UCLA swimming and diving team hosts a pair of Pac-12 dual meets this weekend at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins entertain #4 Stanford on Friday and #1 California on Saturday.
The UCLA-Stanford meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, while the UCLA-California meet will be tape delayed on the Networks. The first airings of UCLA-Cal will be on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Diving will open the Friday schedule at Spieker, with four women's dual meets (UCLA-Stanford, UCLA-California, USC-Stanford, USC-California) and three men's dual meets (USC-Stanford, USC-California, Stanford-UC Santa Barbara) being contested. The Women's 3-Meter and Men's 1-Meter will start at 10 a.m., followed by the Women's 1-Meter and Men's 3-Meter at 12 p.m. In addition on Saturday, there will be Women's and Men's Platform events beginning at 12 p.m.
The swimming portion on both days will begin at 11:35 a.m. with the 1000 Freestyle, followed by the first relay event and the remainder of the swimming schedule at 12:05 p.m.
The Bruins, who are 8-1 in dual meets this season and ranked 16th in the latest CSCAA rankings (Jan. 16), are coming off a pair of victories at Washington State on Jan. 17 (133-67) and Jan. 18 (142-80). On day one, UCLA had the best times in 10 of 11 races and set three pool records. The Bruins added another pool record on day two and won 11 of 12 events. UCLA was last at home on Jan. 11 against Utah, posting a 157-134 victory.
Senior Ting Quah has won a team-best 13 races in dual meets this season. Six other Bruins have also won at least four races in 2013-2014. Sophomore Katie Kinnear and freshman Madison White have posted best times on seven occasions, followed by freshman Linnea Mack (six), junior Noelle Tarazona (five), senior Lauren Baker (four) and freshman Ashley Tse (four).
The UCLA divers were last in competition at the Bruin Diving Invitational (Jan. 10-12). Senior Paulina Guzman made the finals in both events she competed in (1- and 3-Meter), while freshman Annika Lenz, the Pac-12 Diver of the Month for November, also advanced to the finals in those events, as well as the Platform. Guzman and Lenz each posted season-bests in the 1-Meter, while sophomore Montana Monahan had a personal-high and first-ever Zone qualifying mark in the Platform.
Stanford is 7-0 in dual meets this season and 4-0 in Pac-12 action, defeating Washington State (147-104) on Oct. 3, Oregon State (170-88) on Oct. 25, Arizona (157-138) last Friday and Arizona State (148-68) last Saturday. Felicia Lee won a total of four individual races last weekend, while Stephanie Phipps claimed three diving events. The Cardinal have a pair of times that rank first in the nation (Maddy Schaefer, 50 Free and Maya DiRado, 200 IM) and are also the nation's best in the three freestyle relays.
California is 6-0 on the year and 4-0 in league meets, besting Oregon State (161-95) on Sept. 27, Washington State (164-89) on Oct. 4, Arizona State (229-69) last Friday and Arizona (190-109) last Saturday. The Golden Bears are led by five-time Olympic medalist and freshman Missy Franklin, who has the best times in the 50 through 1000 Freestyle events for Cal. Elizabeth Pelton has set NCAA A standards in each of the Backstroke races and the 200 Individual Medley. Anne Kastler is the top diver for the Bears, having set Zone qualifying marks in the 1- and 3-Meter Diving events.