Dec. 6, 2003
Federal Way, WA - Sophomore Kim Vandenberg helped the Bruins wrap up competition at the U.S. Open with style. She won the 200m Fly in a personal long course meters best and Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:11.29. Vandenberg was UCLA's top performer in the 900 athlete field.
Four Bruins finished in the Top-16 tonight. In addition to Vandenberg's win in the 200m Fly, senior Kristen Lewis placed 11th in 2:16.52, an Olympic Trials qualifying time. In the 100m Free final, senior Sara Platzer placed 12th in 57.22. In qualifying, she swam an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 57.04. In the 80om Free final, freshman Katie Nelson placed sixth in 8:46.62, qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Freshman Jane Imagane placed 16th in the 800m Free in 8:57.41.
Also competing in the 800m Free final were junior Melissa Miller (33rd, 9:04.10), senior Jackie Lobdell (40th, 9:06.09), senior Kristen Tinney (46th, 9:10.28) and sophomore Liz Keating (53rd, 9:14.48).
In preliminary action, senior Malin Svahnstrom placed 30th in the 100m Free (58.23), senior Cathy Coler was 48th in the 200m Breast (2:43.49) and junior Melissa Miller tied for 25th in the 200m Fly (2:20.10).
Former Bruin All-American Beth Goodwin, competing for Irvine Novaquatics, placed 17th in the 200m Fly final in 2:17.13 and swam 59.74 in the 100m Free prelim.
The Bruins will take a month long break from competition. UCLA will ring in the new year against Washington State on January 7 at Men's Gym Pool.