March 2, 2003
Federal Way, WA - The Bruins captured their second conference title in three years Saturday evening. UCLA scored a total of 1,399 points over the three-day competition, edging out runner-up Stanford by 91 points. UCLA is one of three schools to ever win the Pac-10 title (Stanford and Arizona are the other two).
Runner-up Stanford scored 1,308 points at the championships, followed by USC with 1,138 points. Arizona scored 1,013 points for fourth place and Cal placed fifth with 940.5 points. Arizona State (sixth, 765), Washington (seventh, 578.5), Oregon State (eighth, 544) and Washington State (ninth, 299) rounded out the field.
On Saturday, the Bruins were led in the pool by junior Sara Platzer and freshman Kim Vandenberg, and by senior Regan Gosnell on the platform. Platzer placed third in the 100 Free in 49.28 seconds, a NCAA 'A' qualifying time. Also in the 100 Free, junior Malin Svahnstrom finished sixth (50.03). In he 200 Fly, Vandenberg placed second (1:55.89, NCAA 'A' time) and was followed by teammates Kristen Lewis (fifth, 1:57.65) and Krista Daley (10th, 2:01.06). Gosnell placed third on the platform, scoring 443.95 points. Also competing on the platform were senior Jen McNally, who placed eighth (359.70), and freshman Sara Clark, who placed 10th (343.35). The Bruin 400 Free Relay team of Vandenberg, Lindsey Smart, Svahnstrom and Platzer placed third in 3:20.49.
Other top Bruin performers were Jackie Lobdell and Melissa Miller in the 1650 Free, who placed sixth (16:32.21) and eighth (16:35.27), respectively. In the 200 Back, junior Naoko Watanabe placed fifth in 1:59.89 (NCAA 'B' qualifying time) and Taylor Spivey was seventh (1:58.08). And, in the 200 Breast, junior Brooke Winkler was eighth in 2:15.96 (NCAA 'B' time).
The Bruins last won the Pac-10 Championships in 2001, after a re-calculation of the team scores. It is the second conference title under the guidance of head coach Cyndi Gallagher.
UCLA will now gear up for the NCAA Championships, to be held Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, in Auburn, AL.