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Bruins Take Week Off from Competition
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/24/2003

Nov. 24, 2003

Last weekend, the No. 11 ranked UCLA Bruins won the Texas A&M Fall Invitational in College Station, TX. The Bruins (4-1, 2-1) will next compete at the U.S. Open (long course) and Trojan Invitational the weekend of December 4-6.

College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll
In the second College Swim Coaches Association of America poll, released November 12, the Bruins were ranked No. 11 in the nation with 121 points. Topping the list was defending NCAA Champion Auburn with 200 points. UCLA was one of six Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-15. The next CSCAA poll will be released November 26.

Texas A&M Fall Invitational
The Bruins won the 2003 Texas A&M Fall Invitational, scoring 2,077 points during the three day event. On the way to clinching the TAMU Fall Invitational title, UCLA set six school short course meters records.

A pair of school records fell on the first day of competition. In the 200 IM, senior Malin Svahnstrom, swam 2:12.81, breaking the previous record of 2:16.50 set by Keiko Price in 1999. Svahnstrom, who also holds the school 200 IM record in short course yards (1:59.58), has now automatically qualified in the 200 IM for the NCAA Championships. The Bruin 200 Free Relay of Kim Vandenberg, Amy Thurman, Svahnstrom and Sara Platzer set a new school record of 1:42.57, breaking the old record set in 2000. The time, which is also a NCAA 'B' cut time, captured the victory for the Bruins.

On the final day, 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 by Erin Zehntner in 2000.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.

2004 NCAA Qualifiers
One Bruin has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, held March 18-20, 2004 in College Station, TX, and three Bruins have provisional qualifying times.

Sophomore Kim Vandenberg and seniors Malin Svahnstrom and Sara Platzer have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. Vandenberg has automatically qualified in the 200m Fly, swimming a personal best 'A' cut time of 2:08.61. Svahnstrom has automatic times of 1:59.59 in the 200 Free and 2:12.81 in the 200 IM. And, Platzer has an automatic time of 25.34 in the 50 Free.

Provisional qualifiers are Katie Arnold (100 Back), Shellene Catalano (200 Breast), Jane Imagane (500 Free), Kristen Lewis (200 Fly), Katie Nelson (500 Free), Sara Platzer (100/200m Free), Naoko Watanabe (200m Back) and Vandenberg (100m Fly).

The following Bruin relays have also qualified provisionally: 800 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Imagane, Nieto, Winkler), 200 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Thurman, Svahnstrom, Platzer), 400 Free Relay (Vandenberg, Thurman, Svahnstrom, Platzer), 200 Medley Relay (Watanabe, Thurman, Lewis, Svahnstrom), 400 Medley Relay (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer).

2004 NCAA Zone E Qualifiers
Bruin divers Carly Banks, Janine Strack and Paige Thompson have qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships, March 11-13 in Oklahoma City, OK. The top finishers at the Zone meet advance to the NCAA Championships.

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), Sara Platzer (50m Free), Naoko Watanabe (100m/200m Back) and Brooke Winkler (200m IM). 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.

Looking Ahead
December 4-6, the Bruins will compete at the U.S. Open (Long Course Meters) in Federal Way, WA and the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.

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