Feb. 28, 2004
Long Beach, CA - At the conclusion of the 2004 Pac-10 Swimming Championships, hosted by Arizona State at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the Bruins placed second with a four-day total of 1,329 points. Stanford, which had led from day one, captured the team title with 1,380 points.
A total of five school records fell in the final day of competition. Freshman Katie Nelson kicked things off, placing third in the 1,650 Free in 16:07.15 (NCAA 'A' time). She broke the school and freshman record of 16:23.38 set by Melissa Herndon in 1987. In the 200 Fly, sophomore Kim Vandenberg finished third in 1:55.13, breaking Annette Salmeen's school record of 1:55.84 set in 1996. And, the 400 Free Relay of Vandenberg, Malin Svahnstrom, Amy Thurman and Sara Platzer placed second in 3:19.72. The previous record of 3:19.77 was set last year by Vandenberg, Svahnstrom, Lindsey Smart and Platzer.
In the 200 Back, the closest race of the meet, only eight-hundredths of a second separated first from third. Katie Arnold placed second, breaking the UCLA freshman record, in 1:56.44. Arizona's Jessica Hayes won in 1:56.41. And, Joanna Fargus of USC placed third in 1:56.49.
In their final Pac-10 Championship meet, seniors Platzer, Svahnstrom, Kristen Lewis and Naoko Watanabe were some of the top performers of the day. Platzer was the 100 Free runner-up in a NCAA 'A' time of 49.29, just .01 off of her personal best and school record 49.28. Svahnstrom placed fifth in the 100 Free in 50.39 (NCAA 'B' time). Lewis placed fifth in the 200 Fly in a personal best and NCAA 'A' time of 1:56.77. And, Watanabe was fifth in the 200 Back in 1:59.89 (NCAA 'B' time).
Other UCLA Top-10 performers were freshman Jane Imagane and junior Kim Scarborough. Imagane placed ninth in the 1,650 Free in a personal best 16:35.97. Scarborough took seventh in the 200 Back in a personal best 2:01.10. Both times were NCAA 'B' qualifiers.
Other Bruin scorers were Jackie Lobdell (13th, 1650 Free, 16:39.76), Melissa Miller (14th, 1650 Free, 16:43.70), Krissy Tinney (16th, 1650 Free, 16:45.71), Liz Keating (18th, 1650 Free, 17:07.21), Courtney Iversen (11th, 200 Back, 2:00.86), Leslie Hovsepian (17th, 200 Breast, 2:16.66), Jeana Fuccillo (18th, 200 Breast, 2:16.86), Cathy Coler (21st, 200 Breast, 2:19.29), Kendall Butler (13th, 200 Fly, 2:02.34) and Isabel Miesner (18th, 200 Fly, 2:03.07).
At the Pac-10 Diving Championships, hosted by UCLA in Federal Way, WA, Janine Strack and Paige Thompson each qualified for the final. Strack placed sixth (367.40) and Thompson was eighth (316.55). In the prelims, Sara Clark finished 10th (315.75) and Amanda Blong was 13th (291.65). It was the first platform competition for both Thompson and Blong.
With the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins will now prepare for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, which determine the NCAA qualifiers, will be held March 11-13 in Oklahoma City, OK. The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Texas A&M, will take place March 18-20 in College Station, TX.
2004 Pac-10 Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Final Score 1 Stanford 1,380 2 UCLA 1,329 3 Arizona 1,221.5 4 California 1,117.5 5 Arizona State 863 6 USC 806.5 7 Oregon State 405.5 8 Washington 396 9 Washington St. 278