March 30, 2005
A foursome of Bruin swimmers will head to Indianapolis, IN April 1-5 for the U.S.A. Swimming Nationals with the hopes of qualifying for a world team. Sophomores Katie Arnold and Katie Nelson, along with juniors Isabel Miesner and Kim Vandenberg will all head to the Midwest to represent UCLA at the meet.
The top six swimmers in the 100 and 200 Freestyles and the top two finishers in every other event qualify for the World Championships, which will be held in Montreal, Canada in July. The 7th-12th place finishers in the 100 and 200 Freestyles, along with the 3rd-4th place finishers in every other event qualify for the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey in August.
Arnold will be competing in the 50 Free, 100 Back and 200 Back, Miesner will compete in the 200 IM, Nelson will swim in the 400 and 800 Free, and Vandenberg will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 Free, along with the 100 and 200 Fly.
Vandenberg has a strong chance to make either the World Championships or the World University Games as she is the fifth-seed going into the meet in the 200 Fly, and could also place in the top-12 in the 100 and 200 Freestyles. Arnold has a chance to make the World University Games in the 100 Back after an impressive season, while Nelson and Miesner should also swim well in the meet, possibly achieving new lifetime-bests in their respective events.