Jan. 27, 2006
It was all UCLA on Friday afternoon as the No. 7 Bruin swim and dive team dominated the third-ranked team in the nation, Stanford (12-1, 3-2 Pac-10), on Friday in Pac-10 dual meet action. UCLA won the meet 180-120 as several meet and facility records fell throughout the afternoon.
In all, one facility record and three meet records were broken, while the Bruins posted 17 season best marks. UCLA won 10 of the 16 events competed on Friday as senior Kim Vandenberg, junior Katie Nelson and sophomore Nicolette Teo were double victors in their respective events. Stanford's Brooke Bishop and Dana Kirk led the Cardinal with multiple event victories. Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher improved to 113-53-1 with Friday's win over Stanford.
The divers started the afternoon off with success as the Bruins took a 20-18 advantage over the Cardinal after the 1M and 3M competitions.
Stanford's Cassidy Krug won the 1M diving competition, breaking her own dual meet record (set in 2004, 282.52), as she posted a score of 286.50. UCLA senior Paige Thompson placed second with a score of 273.0 (NCAA Zone qualifier), while junior Sara Clark finished third (240.68). Freshman Marisa Samaniego placed fifth (215.77) and freshman Tess Schofield, competing as an exhibition, posted a score of 215.02.
On 3M, Thompson won with a season-best and NCAA Zone qualifying total of 302.48. Clark and Samaniego rounded out the Bruin scorers with fourth (241.13) and fifth (235.88) finishes, respectively. Freshman Brittany Hill, competing as an exhibition scored 231.53.
Vandenberg broke the meet record in the 200 Fly (old record, 1:56.84 by Stanford's Misty Hyman) to win in a time of 1:56.66, and also won the 200 Free (1:48.68). Nelson also broke a meet record as she won the 1000 Free in a season best time of 9:46.29 (old record, 9:51.63 by UCLA's Jane Imagane). Nelson also posted a win in the 500 Free (4:49.08). Teo won the 100 Breast in a season best and NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:03.43, along with the 200 Breast in a time of 2:17.68.
The 400 Medley Relay team of Arnold, Seissen, Vandenberg and Poteete also set a meet record to win in a time of 3:43.41. The time also broke the Men's Gym Pool Record set in 2000 by California (3:44.69) and improved on their NCAA qualifying time.
The Bruins will continue the NorCal/SoCal battle on Saturday as they take on sixth-ranked California. Diving events begin at 11:00 am at the Sunset Rec Center, while swimming events begin at 12:00 pm in the Men's Gym Pool.