#9 Bruin Swimming & Diving Hosts Cross Town Rival #8 USC

Feb. 9, 2004

2/9/04 - #9 UCLA vs. #8 USC
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This Saturday, February 14, the #9 UCLA Swimming and Diving squads will host #8 USC in the annual dual meet. The Bruins are currently 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 competition. USC's season record is 2-4, 1-3 in the Pac-10.

Since 1975, the Bruins have won 13 meets against the Trojans. In turn, the Trojans have won 15, including a 10 year winning streak. This Saturday, UCLA looks to break that winning streak.

Two weeks ago, the Bruins and Trojans each faced Stanford and Cal. UCLA defeated #3 Stanford, 151-92, for the second time in school history. The following day, the Bruins faced Cal. In a neck in neck meet that came down to the 400m Free Relay, UCLA lost to #5 Cal 155-145.

In the Trojans' meets against Cal and Stanford, they lost to Cal, 180-80, and Stanford, 178-132.

College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll
In the latest CSCAA poll, released January 28, the Bruins are ranked No. 9 in the nation with 136 points. Leading the nation is Auburn (200 points), followed by Georgia (192 points). Rounding out the Top-Five are No. 3 Stanford (181), No. 4 Florida (179) and No. 5 Cal (164). UCLA is one of five Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-10. Arizona is ranked No. 7 (153 points) and USC is No. 8 (146 points).

Top-25 Performers
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:

Katie Nelson (1500m Free, 5th, 16:21.37)
Malin Svahnstrom (200m IM, 20th, 2:12.81)
Kim Vandenberg (200m Fly, 14th, 2:08.61)

2004 NCAA Qualifiers
Five 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), 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), Shellene Catalano (200 Breast), Jane Imagane (400 IM, 400/1500 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 (200/400/1500 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.

Rounding out the list of Bruin Olympic Trials qualifiers are freshmen Jeana Fuccillo (400m IM) and Jane Imagane (400m/800m Free).

Senior Malin Svahnstrom has qualified for the Swedish Olympic Trials.

Looking Ahead
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.

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