Feb. 27, 2004
Long Beach, CA - At the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships, held at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the Bruins remain in second place with 844 points. Stanford continues to lead the competition with 952.50 points. Arizona is in third place with 821 points, followed by Cal with 740 points. Arizona State rounds out the Top-Five with 642 points.
In today's action, the Bruins were led by three school record-breaking performances. Starting things off was junior Kim Scarborough in the 400 IM. She placed fifth in the final in a new school record time of 4:15.49. Brooke Winkler set the previous record of 4:17.02 in 1999. In the 200 Free, senior Malin Svahnstrom placed fourth in 1:47.08. She had set the previous record of 1:47.16 in 2002. And, in the 100 Back, freshman Katie Arnold finished second in 53.75, breaking the previous record of 54.05 set by Kristin Heydanek a decade ago. It is also a new freshman record (Arnold's previous season best was 54.88). All of the times were NCAA 'A' qualifying times.
Other Bruins finishing in the Top-10 were sophomore Kim Vandenberg, who was the runner-up in the 100 Fly (53.50, 'A'), seniors Kristen Lewis, who was third in the 100 Fly (53.52, 'A'), Sara Platzer in the 200 Free (ninth, 1:48.41, 'B'), Leslie Hovsepian in the 100 Breast (10th, 1:03.65, 'B') and Naoko Watanabe, who was 10th in the 100 Back (55.52, 'B'). Freshman Amy Thurman finished 10th in the 100 Fly in 54.95 (NCAA 'B' time). The UCLA 400 Medley Relay of Arnold, Hovsepian, Lewis and Platzer placed fourth in a NCAA 'B' time of 3:39.86.
Today's other points scorers were Shellene Catalano (100 Breast, 11th, 1:03.78), Jane Imagane (400 IM, 13th, 4:22.85), Katie Nelson (200 Free, 13th, 1:49.35), Courtney Iversen (400 IM, 17th, 4:21.14), Jackie Lobdell (200 Free, 18th, 1:49.65), Cathy Coler (100 Breast, 20th, 1:05.76), Jeana Fuccillo (400 IM, 21st, 4:24.31) and Melissa Miller (100 Fly, 21st, 57.29).
At the Pac-10 Diving Championships, hosted by UCLA in Federal Way, WA, Bruin sophomores Amanda Blong and Paige Thompson advanced to the one-meter springboard finals. In the finals, Blong placed sixth, scoring 264.50, and Thompson was seventh (261.45). In the prelims, Sara Clark finished ninth (239.75) and Janine Strack was 13th (228.75).
The 2004 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will conclude tomorrow, February 28.
Women's Pac-10 Championships - Day 3 Team Scores
1. Stanford, 952.50
2. UCLA, 844
3. Arizona, 821
4. Cal, 740
5. Arizona State, 642
6. USC, 501
7. Washington, 300
8. Oregon State, 264.50
9. Washington State, 196