Feb. 17, 2004
Last Saturday, February 14, the #7 UCLA Swimming and Diving squad routed #11 USC in the annual dual meet. The Bruins won 211.50-88.50, snapping a 10-year Trojan win streak. The Bruins end the regular season with an overall record of 8-2 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 competition.
COLLEGE SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (CSCAA) POLL
In the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, released February 12, the Bruins have climbed to No. 7 in the national rankings. UCLA is tied with Texas with 150 points. Auburn continues to lead the nation with 200 points and eight No.1 votes. Georgia is second with 192 points. Rounding out the top-five are No. 3 Florida (183), No. 4 California (177) and Stanford and Arizona, tied for fifth with 162 points. UCLA is one of four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-10.
Entering the annual dual meet against USC, the Bruins had won 13 meets since 1975. The Trojans had won 15, including a decade long win streak. On the day, the Bruins won nine events, including six event sweeps.
The Bruins kicked off the meet by winning the 400 yard Medley Relay. The team of Katie Arnold, Leslie Hovsepian, Kim Vandenberg and Sara Platzer won in a NCAA 'B' time and facility record 3:44.69. Bruins Jill Jenkins, Lindsay Etter, Beth Goodwin and Keiko Price set the previous record of 3:45.94 in 1998.
The 200-yard Freestyle was the first of UCLA's six sweeps. Senior Malin Svahnstrom won in a NCAA 'B' time of 1:49.87. Junior Kim Scarborough was second in 1:51.99, followed by senior Jackie Lobdell in third in 1:52.26. In the 100 yard Breast, Shellene Catalano led a Bruin sweep, finishing in 1:04.49. Hovsepian was second (1:05.36) and Seissen was third (1:05.41). Platzer led sweeps of the 50 and 100 Freestyle. In the 50 Freestyle, she won in 23.05 (NCAA 'B' time). Thurman was second in 23.37 (NCAA 'B' time) and Kellin Chatfield was third in 24.37. In the 100 Freestyle, Platzer won in 50.70 (NCAA 'B' time), Thurman was second (50.89, NCAA 'B' time) and Svahnstrom was third (51.27, NCAA 'B' time).
The Bruin divers swept the one- and three-meter events. On one-meter, sophomore Amanda Blong won with 283.95 points. Sophomore Paige Thompson was second (280.50) and redshirt freshman Carly Banks was third (264.15). On three-meter, Thompson won with 319.28 points. Junior Janine Strack was second (266.63). And, sophomore Sara Clark was third (253.28).
Also victorious were Arnold n the 100 yard Backstroke (56.06, NCAA 'B' time) and 200 Backstroke (2:00.83, NCAA 'B' time) and Shellene Catalano in the 200 Breast (2:17.74, NCAA 'B' time).
The Bruins sealed their victory by finishing one-three in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The team of Vandenberg, Platzer, Thurman and Svahnstrom won in 3:24.93. The squad of Butler, Smart, Chatfield and Nelson finished third in 3:30.13.
10 Bruins are ranked in the Top-25 in the nation by Taper amd Shave so far this season:
Katie Arnold (17th, 55.37, 100 Back)
Shellene Catalano (19th, 2:16.17, 200 Breast)
Jane Imagane (14th, 4:47.88, 500 Free)
Kristen Lewis (6th, 1:57.08, 200 Fly; 10th, 54.01, 100 Fly)
Jackie Lobdell (21st, 4:48.41, 500 Free)
Sara Platzer (4th, 22.70, 50 Free; 10th, 49.88, 100 Free)
Kim Scarborough (8th, 4:15.15, 400 IM; 24th, 2:01.85, 200 IM)
Malin Svahnstrom (5th, 1:58.99, 200 IM; 11th, 1:47.15, 200 Free; 22nd, 50.16, 100 Free)
Kim Vandenberg (2nd, 1:55.23, 200 Fly; 4th, 53.27, 100 Fly; 21st, 1:48.12, 200 Free; 23rd, 23.18, 50 Free)
Naoko Watanabe (16th, 1:58.92, 200 Back)
All of the Bruin relays are also ranked amongst the top in the nation:
400 Free Relay: 5th, 3:20.73
200 Free Relay: 6th, 1:31.90
200 Medley Relay: 11th, 1:42.26
400 Medley Relay: 11th, 3:43.37
800 Free Relay: 14th, 7:25.57
FINA WORLD RANKINGS (AS OF FEBRUARY 1, 2004)
Three Bruins are ranked in the FINA Top-20 in the world:
2004 NCAA QUALIFIERS
Seven Bruins have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, held March 18-20, 2004 in College Station, TX, and 16 Bruins have provisional qualifying times.
Automatic qualifiers are Kristen Lewis (200 Fly), Jane Imagane (1650 Free), Katie Nelson (1650 Free), Sara Platzer (50 Free), Kim Scarborough (400 IM), Malin Svahnstrom (200 IM/Free) and Kim Vandenberg (100/200 Fly).
Provisional qualifiers are Katie Arnold (50 Free, 100/200 Back), Lindsey Buck (100 Fly), Shellene Catalano (200 Breast), Jane Imagane (400 IM, 400/500/1500 Free), Courtney Iversen (200/400 IM), Kristen Lewis (100 Fly), Jackie Lobdell (200 Back, 200 Free), Isabel Miesner (200 IM), Melissa Miller (1500 Free), Katie Nelson (200/400/500/1500 Free), Sara Platzer (100/200 Free), Kim Scarborough (200 IM), Lindsey Smart (200 IM), Malin Svahnstrom (100 Free), Amy Thurman (50 Free), Naoko Watanabe (200 IM/Back) and Vandenberg (50/100/200 Free).
The following Bruin relays have also qualified provisionally: 800 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Imagane, Nieto, Winkler), 200 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Thurman, Svahnstrom, Platzer), 400 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Thurman, Svahnstrom, Platzer), 200 Medley Relay (Watanabe, Thurman, Lewis, Svahnstrom), 400 Medley Relay (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer).
2004 NCAA ZONE E QUALIFIERS
Bruin divers Carly Banks, Amanda Blong, Sara Clark, Janine Strack and Paige Thompson have qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships, March 11-13 in Oklahoma City, OK. The top finishers at the Zone meet advance to the NCAA Championships.
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
During the Fall Signing period, Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher has received four National Letters of Intent. Head Diving Coach Tom Stebbins has received a National Letter of Intent from Heather Peng. Shannon Hackett, Erin Ketchum, Jillian Ochs, Heather Peng and Nicolette Teo will join the Bruins as true freshmen in 2004.
2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFIERS
With the 2004 Olympics just a few months away, nine current Bruins have already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, held June 7-14, 2004.
Leading the way are seniors Cathy Coler (200m Breast), Kristen Lewis (100m/200m Fly), Jackie Lobdell (400m Free), Katie Nelson (800m Free), Sara Platzer (50m Free) and Naoko Watanabe (100m/200m Back). Sophomore Kim Vandenberg, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, has qualified in the 100m and 200m Fly.
Senior Malin Svahnstrom has qualified for the Swedish Olympic Trials.
With the conclusion of the regular season, the Bruins will head to the Pac-10 Championships the final week of February. The Pac-10 Swimming Championships will begin February 25 in Long Beach, CA. The Pac-10 Diving Championships, hosted by UCLA, will begin February 26 in Federal Way, WA. The Pac-10 Championships will end Saturday, February 28.