March 18, 2006
Senior Kim Vandenberg and junior Katie Nelson led the Bruin swim and dive team on the last day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA as both earned All-American honors in their respective events.
The Bruins placed 20th overall with 53 points, while Auburn edged out Georgia (515.5) for the team title with 518.5 points. Arizona, the Pac-10 Champion, finished third with 415 points.
Vandenberg came up just short of her first NCAA title as she placed second in her signature event, the 200 Butterfly, in a season-best time of 1:56.02. She ends her career at UCLA with 16 All-American honors.
Nelson, the Pac-10 Champion in the 1650 Freestyle, finished eighth in that event, swimming a season-best 16:15.23 to earn All-American honors.
"I'm really happy with the way I swam that race," said Vandenberg. "I improved my time a lot since this morning. This is my last collegiate race so I just went for it all. I'm really pleased, this is the first time I placed (in a championship heat at this year's NCAAs)."