Nov. 18, 2005
Cyndi Gallagher's No. 7 UCLA swim and dive team (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) had an impressive showing on Friday afternoon as they defeated Arizona State 193.5-105.5 in Pac-10 dual meet action. In all, the Bruins won 12 of the 16 events contested as seniors Paige Thompson and Kim Vandenberg, and junior Katie Nelson highlighted the feat with multiple individual event wins.
"Everyone swam great today," said Gallagher. "We've been training so hard and to come out and swim some fast times was great. This team has so much depth and you can see it in the results today. We're just going to keep up our focus and intensity and move on to tomorrow's meet against a tough Arizona squad."
Thompson led the UCLA divers with first-place finishes on 1-meter (254.25) and 3-meter (272.70). Freshman Marisa Samaniego added a second-place 3M finish (267.00) and third-place 1M finish (228.68), while junior Sara Clark placed fourth on both events (1M-225.38; 3M-239.33).
In swimming events, the Bruins swept the 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 200 Backstroke and 500 Freestyle. In relay action, the Bruins won the 200 Medley Relay (1:43.02) and would have won the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:26.63) had they not swam as an exhibition with the meet already won.
Vandenberg posted NCAA "B" qualifiying times in the 200 Free (1:48.82) and 200 Fly (1:59.32) as she won both events. Nelson won the 1000 Free (9:55.05) and the 500 Free in an NCAA "B" qualifier of 4:51.71.
Freshmen Anna Poteete (50 Free, 24.10) and Madeleine Stanton (200 Back, 2:03.63), junior Katie Arnold (100 Back, 55.50, "B" time), senior Eileen Seissen (100 Breast, 1:03.87) and sophomore Nicolette Teo (200 Breast, 2:16.94, "B" time) also posted individual wins on Friday.
Junior Jeana Fuccillo also swam an NCAA "B" time qualifier with her second-place finish in the 200 Breast (2:18.11).
UCLA now holds a 15-8-1 advantage over the Sundevils. Gallagher improved her overall coaching record to 111-52-1 with today's win.
The Bruins will continue their Arizona road trip on Saturday as they head to Tucson to battle the Arizona Wildcats.