UCLA Swimming & Diving Heads to NCAA Championships

March 15, 2004

The UCLA Swimming and Diving team enters the 2004 NCAA Championships ranked seventh in the nation. A 13 Bruin contingent will compete this Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20, at Texas A&M's Student Rec Natatorium in College Station, TX.

College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll
In the final College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, released February 26, the Bruins held onto their No. 7 ranking. UCLA finished the season with 156 points. Auburn ended the season ranked No. 1 in the nation with 200 points and eight No.1 votes. Georgia was second with 192 points. Rounding out the top-five are No. 3 Florida (183), No. 4 California (175) and No. 5 Stanford (165). UCLA is one of four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-10.

2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20, the UCLA Bruins will compete at the NCAA Championships. This year's championships, hosted by Texas A&M, will be held at the Student Rec Natatorium in College Station, TX. The Bruins enter the championships ranked No. 7 by the College Swim Coaches Association of America.

At last year's NCAA Championships, the Bruins placed 11th overall with 128 points. Nine Bruins received All-America recognition.

Listed below are this year's NCAA qualifiers, along with season best marks (times are short course meters).

Katie Arnold - 50m Free (26.20), 100m Back (1:01.80), 200m Back (2:14.59)
Leslie Hovsepian - 100m Breast (1:12.28), 200m Breast (2:36.44)
Jane Imagane - 400m IM (4:56.59), 1500m Free (16:38.84)
Kristen Lewis - 100m Fly (1:00.28), 200m Fly (2:10.67)
Jackie Lobdell - 200m Free (2:03.71), 200m Back (2:15.65)
Katie Nelson - 200m Free (2:02.80), 400m Free (4:13.14), 1500m Free (16:21.37)
Sara Platzer - 50m Free (25.34), 100m Free (55.68)
Kim Scarborough - 200m IM (2:16.00), 400m IM 94:44.77), 200m Back (2:15.57)
Malin Svahnstrom - 200m IM (2:12.81), 200m Free (1:59.18), 100m Free (55.85)
Paige Thompson - One-meter diving (477.25), Three-meter diving (525.20)
Amy Thurman - 100m Fly (1:02.30), 50m Free (25.97), 100m Free (57.28)
Kim Vandenberg - 100m Fly (59.46), 200m Fly (2:08.61)
Naoko Watanabe - 200m IM (2:17.94), 100m Back (1:02.76), 200m Back (2:12.73)

UCLA will also compete in the following relays: 200m Free, 400m Medley, 200m Medley, 800m Free, 400m Free.

Returning NCAA All-Americans
Leslie Hovsepian - 200 and 400 Medley Relays
Kristen Lewis - 200 Fly, 200 and 400 Medley Relays
Sara Platzer - 50 Free, 200/400/800 Free and 200/400 Medley Relays
Malin Svahnstrom - 100/200 Free, 200 IM, 400/800 Free Relays
Kim Vandenberg - 200 Fly, 200/400/800 Free Relays

NCAA Zone E Diving Championships Recap
At the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships last weekend, sophomore Paige Thompson automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. Thompson finished third on three-meter springboard scoring 485.00 and received an automatic qualification for the NCAA Championships. She will compete on the one- and three-meter events at this week's NCAA Championships.

One-meter results: Paige Thompson, 8th, 477.25; Amanda Blong, 9th, 471.20; Sara Clark, 14th, 451.20; Janine Strack, 16th, 439.50.

Three-meter results: Paige Thompson, 3rd, 485.00; Janine Strack, 11th, 435.40; Amanda Blong, 16th, 404.25; Sara Clark, 17th, 401.15

Platform results: Sara Clark, 8th, 329.35; Janine Strack, 11th, 322.85

FINA World Rankings (As of February 1, 2004)
Three Bruins are ranked in the FINA Top-20 in the world:

Katie Nelson (1500m Free, 5th, 16:21.37)
Malin Svahnstrom (200m IM, 20th, 2:12.81)
Kim Vandenberg (200m Fly, 14th, 2:08.61)

National Letter of Intent Signees
During the Fall Signing period, Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher has received four National Letters of Intent. Head Diving Coach Tom Stebbins has received a National Letter of Intent from Heather Peng. Shannon Hackett, Erin Ketchum, Jillian Ochs, Heather Peng and Nicolette Teo will join the Bruins as true freshmen in 2004.

2004 Olympic Trials Qualifiers
With the 2004 Olympics just a few months away, nine current Bruins have already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, held June 7-14, 2004.

Leading the way are seniors Cathy Coler (200m Breast), Kristen Lewis (100m/200m Fly), Jackie Lobdell (400m Free), Katie Nelson (800m Free), Sara Platzer (50m Free) and Naoko Watanabe (100m/200m Back). Sophomore Kim Vandenberg, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, has qualified in the 100m and 200m Fly.

Rounding out the list of Bruin Olympic Trials qualifiers are freshmen Jeana Fuccillo (400m IM) and Jane Imagane (400m/800m Free).

Senior Malin Svahnstrom has qualified for the Swedish Olympic Trials.

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