Oct. 24, 2000
2000-01 Bruins Begin Season on Friday
The UCLA women's swimming and diving team begins its season this Friday, Oct. 23, with a dual meet at home against UC Santa Barbara. Last year, the Bruins defeated the Gauchos by a 165-92 margin at Santa Barbara on Oct. 22. The meet marks the second consecutive year the Bruins have opened their season against the Gauchos. UCLA leads the all-time series 16-0. The Gauchos, the Big West Conference runner-up a year ago, finished last season with a .500 mark (3-3) in dual meet competition. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Several Bruins Impressive at Intra-squad Meet
Men's Gym Pool was the site for the first competition of the 2000-01 Bruin swimming team, as several Bruins recorded impressive results in the non-scoring intra-squad scrimmage on Friday, September 29th.
Junior Jennifer Noddle claimed two events titles, while freshman newcomers Sarah Platzer and Naoko Watnabe had impressive debuts as well. Scheduled events included the 100 Freestyle, 500 freestyle 200 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, and 200 IM. Event winners included sophomore Erin Zehntner in the 500 free (5:05.02), Sara Platzer in the 100 Free (52.53), Jennifer Noddle in the 200 breast (2:22.11) and 200 IM (2:07.88), Naoko Watnabe in the 200 Back (2:06.30) and senior Katie Younglove in the 200 Fly (2:07.40).
Bruins Look To Build On Success From Last Season
After finishing eighth at last season's NCAA Championships, the highest since 1995, the UCLA Swimming and Diving Team has high expectations this season. With the lost of swimming phenom Keiko Price, the school record holder in three individual events and two relays, a mixture of veterans and talented newcomers are prepared to step up and take over where Price left off. UCLA returns eight of nine All-Americans from last season to anchor a 2000-01 squad that aims to improve in the national standings. That list includes LeAnne Cadag, Brighid Dwyer, Beth Goodwin, Lyndee Hovsepian, Julia Voitovitsch, Katie Younglove and Erin Zehntner.
Several Bruins had impressive performances during the summer. Here is a look at what some of UCLA's top athletes did over the summer:
Senior Beth Goodwin finished 12th in the 100 fly and also competed in the 200 Fly and 50 free at U.S. Olympic Trials. Junior Jen Noddle placed fourth at the Canadian Nationals in the 100 Breast and sixth in the 200 Breast. Senior Julia Voitovitsch competed in the 100 Fly at the German Olympic Trials despite a broken rib.
Among the divers, Anne Baghramian finished 12th on the one-meter at the Senior Zone E Meet. Regan Gosnell competed at her third consecutive Senior National Meet in the 10-meter platform. She also paired with teammate Anne Baghramian to a sixth place finish in the three-meter synchronized diving Jennifer McNally qualified for the Senior Zone D Meet in the three-meter and finished 19th.