March 22, 2004
The UCLA Swimming and Diving team ended the season with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships.
2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Wrap-Up
At the 2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, held at Texas A&M's Student Rec. Natatorium, UCLA scored 195 points and finished seventh in the team standings. Auburn won its third consecutive NCAA title, scoring 569 points. Ten Bruins received All-America honors and 13 school short course meters records were broken.
UCLA had one of the largest contingents at the NCAA Championships. In all, there were 13 Bruin competitors, including six seniors, a junior, a pair of sophomores and four freshmen.
2004 NCAA Scorers
Kristen Lewis - 200 Fly, 11th, 2:11.05; 100 Fly, 13th, 59.83
Katie Nelson - 1500 Free, 8th, 16:06.91; 400 Free, 13th, 4:09.55
Sara Platzer - 50 Free, 3rd, 24.68; 100 Free, 4th, 54.59
Malin Svahnstrom - 200 IM, 8th, 2:13.74
Kim Vandenberg - 200 Fly, 6th, 2:07.78; 100 Fly, 9th, 59.36
Naoko Watanabe - 200 Back, 15th, 2:11.86
200 Free Relay (Arnold, Svahnstrom, Thurman, Platzer) - 6th, 1:41.18
200 Medley Relay (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer) - 7th, 1:51.60
400 Free Relay (Svahnstrom, Vandenberg, Platzer, Thurman) - 8th, 3:43.69
400 Medley Relay (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer) - 9th, 4:03.37
800 Free Relay (Platzer, Vandenberg, Lobdell, Svahnstrom) - 10th, 8:01.58
2004 NCAA All-Americans
Katie Arnold - 200 Free Relay, 200/400 Medley Relays
Leslie Hovsepian - 200/400 Medley Relays
Kristen Lewis - 100/200 Fly
Jackie Lobdell - 800 Free Relay
Katie Nelson - 400/1500 Free
Sara Platzer - 50/100 Free, 200/400/800 Free Relays, 200/400 Medley Relays
Malin Svahnstrom - 200 IM, 200/400/800 Free Relays
Amy Thurman - 200/400 Free Relays
Kim Vandenberg - 100/200 Fly, 200/400 Medley Relays, 400/800 Free Relays
Naoko Watanabe - 200 Back
UCLA Short Course Meters Records Broken at the NCAA Championships
Event Name Current Previous (Year) 400 Free Katie Nelson 4:09.55 4:11.86 (2003) 50 Free Sara Platzer 24.68 25.24 (2000) 400 IM Kim Scarborough 4:44.18 4:44.77 (2003) 100 Back Katie Arnold 1:00.86 1:01.26 (2000) 1500 Free Katie Nelson 16:06.91 16:21.37 (2003) 200 Back Naoko Watanabe 2:11.70 2:12.73 (2003) 100 Free Sara Platzer 54.57 54.68 (2000) 200 Fly Kim Vandenberg 2:07.78 2:08.61 (2003)
Relays Current Previous (Year) 200 Free 1:41.18 1:42.57 (2003) (Arnold, Svahnstrom, Thurman, Platzer)
200 Medley 1:51.60 1:51.81 (2003) (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer)
400 Free 3:43.69 3:44.03 (2003) (Svahnstrom, Vandenberg, Platzer, Thurman)
400 Medley 4:03.37 4:04.24 (2000) (Arnold, Hovsepian, Vandenberg, Platzer)
800 Free 8:01.58 8:16.59 (2003) (Platzer, Vandenberg, Lobdell, Svahnstrom)
Day One Finals Recap
At the conclusion of the first day of action at the 2004 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Texas A&M's Student Rec. Center Natatorium, the UCLA Bruins stood in sixth place with 75 points.
In the first night of finals action, four UCLA short course meters school records were broken. The Bruins set records in the 200m Free Relay, 400m Free, 50m Free and 400m Medley Relay.
In the 200m Free Relay, the Bruin team of freshman Katie Arnold, senior Malin Svahnstrom, freshman Amy Thurman and senior Sara Platzer placed sixth in a school record breaking 1:41.18. Earlier in the day, the Bruins established the previous school record of 1:41.65.
In the 400m Free, freshman Katie Nelson finished 13th in 4:09.55, breaking her school record of 4:09.88 set during this morning's preliminary. In the 200m IM, Svahnstrom placed eighth in 2:13.74.
Platzer was the highest placing Bruin of the day. She finished third in the 50m Free in a school record 24.68. Earlier in the day, she set the school record at 24.80.
Day Two Finals Recap
At the conclusion of the second day of action at the 2004 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Texas A&M's Student Rec. Center Natatorium, the UCLA Bruins stood in seventh place with 126 points.
In the first final of the evening, the Bruins placed seventh in the 200m Medley Relay. The team of freshman Katie Arnold (Back, 28.2), senior Leslie Hovsepian (Breast, 32.47), sophomore Kim Vandenberg (Fly, 26.99) and senior Sara Platzer (Free, 23.94) set a new school record, finishing in 1:51.60. The previous record of 1:51.81 was set earlier this year.
In the 100m Fly, Vandenberg finished ninth in 59.36, just .02 shy of the school record. Senior Kristen Lewis placed 13th in 59.83.
And, in the final event of the night, the Bruins broke the school record in the 800m Free relay. The team of Platzer (2:00.25), Vandenberg (2:01.05), senior Jackie Lobdell (2:00.97) and senior Malin Svahnstrom (1:59.31) finished 10th in 8:01.58. The previous school record of 8:16.59 was set earlier this year.
Day Three Finals Recap
At the conclusion of the 2004 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Texas A&M's Student Rec. Center Natatorium, the UCLA Bruins finished seventh overall with 195 points. Auburn won its third consecutive NCAA title with 569 points. Georgia was the runner-up with 431 points, followed by Arizona in third place with 369 points. Rounding out the top-five were Florida and Stanford, with 253 and 237 points, respectively.
In the final night of action, the Bruins set new school records in all five final events. Freshman Katie Nelson kicked things off in the 1500m Free. She finished eighth in 16:06.91, breaking her old school record of 16:21.37. Freshman Jane Imagane also competed in the 1500m Free. She finished 23rd in 16:29.43.
In the 200m Back, senior Naoko Watanabe finished 15th in 2:11.86. During today's prelim, she set a school record of 2:11.70. Watanabe had set the former record of 2:12.73 earlier this season.
In the 100m Free, senior Sara Platzer placed fourth in 54.59. During the preliminary this morning, she set a school record of 54.57, breaking the previous record of 54.68 set by Keiko Price in 2000. And, in the 200m Fly finals, sophomore Kim Vandenberg finished sixth in a school record 2:07.78. Vandenberg had set the previous school record of 2:08.61 earlier this year. Senior Kristen Lewis also competed in the 200m Fly, finishing 11th in 2:11.05 (2:10.56 prelim).
To end the NCAA Championships, the Bruins finished eighth in the 400m Free Relay. Senior Malin Svahnstrom (55.95), Vandenberg (56.35), Platzer (54.59) and freshman Amy Thurman (56.80) finished in 3:43.69. In today's prelim, the group set a new school record of 3:42.44. Earlier this year, the group had set the school record at 3:44.03.
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.
FINA World Rankings (As of February 1, 2004)
Three Bruins are ranked in the FINA Top-20 in the world:
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/1500m 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.
Senior Malin Svahnstrom has qualified for the Swedish Olympic Trials.