Jan. 30, 2004
Los Angeles, CA - In today's historic match-up between the #9 defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA Bruins and #3 Stanford Cardinal, the Bruins triumphed by scoring 151 points to the Cardinal's 92. It is the second time in school history that UCLA has defeated Stanford. The first victory came in 2000, when the Bruins overcame the Cardinal 154-145. UCLA is now 2-22 all-time against Stanford. The Bruins improve to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in Pac-10 competition.
The Bruins were dominant in every event today and going one-two in four events. Kicking things off were freshmen Katie Nelson and Jane Imagane in the 800m Free. Nelson won in 8:33.13 and Imagane placed second in 8:40.12. In the 200m Free, sophomore Kim Vandenberg won in 2:00.68 and senior Malin Svahnstrom placed second in 2:01.41. In the 50m Free, senior Sara Platzer continued the Bruin charge by winning in 25.87. Freshman Amy Thurman came in second in 26.20. And, in three-meter diving, sophomore Sara Clark won the event, scoring 276.75. And, junior Janine Strack placed second with 259.80 points.
UCLA went one-three in three events today. In the 200m Fly, Vandenberg, who leads the nation in this event, won in 2:08.84. Senior Kristen Lewis placed third in 2:14.67. In the 100m Free, Svahnstrom won in 56.68 and Platzer was third in 57.12. And, in the 200m Free Relay, the team of Vandenberg, Thurman, Platzer and Svahnstrom won in 1:44.47. The team of junior Lindsey Smart, sophomore Kendall Butler, freshman Katie Arnold and senior Jackie Lobdell finished third in 1:47.71.
One of the highlights of the day was UCLA's sweep of the 200m Back. Senior Naoko Watanabe had an impressive win, separating herself from the competition to finish in 2:13.40. Junior Kim Scarborough placed second in 2:16.77. And, freshman Courtney Iversen placed third in 2:19.33.
Other top Bruin performances were runner-up finishes by Scarborough (200m IM, 2:16.29), sophomore Shellene Catalano (200m Breast, 2:33.34) and the 200m Medley Relay finished second in 1:56.18. In the 400m Free, Nelson placed second in 4:13.14 and Imagane was third in 4:13.52.
In one-meter diving, sophomore Amanda Blong placed third (266.55), Clark was fourth (243.14) and Strack was fifth (237.60). Blong also finished fourth on three-meter, scoring 249.45 points.
Tomorrow, the Bruins will face # 5 Cal. Diving will begin at 11:00 AM at Sunset Recreation Center. Swimming will begin at noon at Men's Gym Pool.