Nov. 23, 2003
College Station, TX - The No. 11 Bruin swimming and diving squad won the 2003 Texas A&M Invitational, scoring 2,077 points. After completing the first day of competition with 619 points, UCLA held on for the victory. Rounding out the list of team finishes are No. 17 (tied) Texas A&M (second, 1,570.50), No. 8 Southern Methodist (third, 1,450), No. 20 Florida State (fourth, 1,337.50), Purdue (fifth, 1,233), No. 17 (tied) Virginia (sixth, 955) and No. 19 Notre Dame (seventh, 599).
On the way to clinching the TAMU Fall Invitational title, UCLA set six school short course meters records, including four in today's finals. Sophomore Kim Vandenberg won the 200 Fly in a personal best 2:08.61 (NCAA 'A' cut time). Vandenberg broke the previous record of 2:10.46 set by Katie Younglove in 2000. Senior Naoko Watanabe placed second in the 200 Back in a personal best time of 2:12.73 (NCAA 'B' cut time), breaking the previous record of 2:13.77, set by Nicole Beck in 2000. Freshman Katie Nelson placed second in the 1500 Free in 16:21.37, a NCAA 'B' cut time. She broke the previous record of 16:35.86 set in 2000 by Erin Zehntner. The 400 Free Relay team of Vandenberg, freshman Amy Thurman, seniors Malin Svahnstrom and Sara Platzer also set a new school record. They placed second in 3:44.03 (NCAA 'B' cut time), breaking the previous record of 3:49.67 set in 2000.
In addition to Vandenberg's win in the 200 Fly, Platzer was victorious in the 100 Free. She won in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 55.68. Svahnstrom also swam in the 100 Free, finishing ninth in a NCAA 'B' time of 55.99. In the 200 Breast, sophomore Shellene Catalano placed third in 2:34.28, a NCAA 'B' cut time.
The Bruins will next compete at the U.S. Open (long course) and Trojan Invitational during the weekend of December 4-6. The next Bruin home meet will take place January 7, against Washington State, at Men's Gym Pool.