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#7 UCLA Swimming & Diving Places Second at Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/02/2004

March 1, 2004 - Complete Weekly Release
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At the 2004 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, eight school records were broken on the way to UCLA's second place finish. The Bruins scored 1,329 points, just 51 points behind Stanford. The Cardinal won the 2004 title with 1,380 points. Rounding out the Top-Five were Arizona (third, 1,221.50), Cal (fourth, 1,117.50) and Arizona State (863).

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.

At the Pac-10 Swimming Championships, eight school records, including five on the final day of competition, were broken. Two freshman class records were also set at this year's Pac-10 Swimming Championships.

On the first day of competition, the Bruin 200 Medley Relay of freshman Katie Arnold, senior Leslie Hovsepian, sophomore Kim Vandenberg and senior Sara Platzer placed third in a school record 1:40.88. The previous record of 1:40.98 was set in 1999.

Four school records were broken on the third day of competition, the 400 IM, 200 Free and 100 Back. Junior Kim Scarborough placed fifth in the 400 IM in 4:15.49. The previous record of 4:17.02 was set by Brooke Winkler (1999). Malin Svahnstrom placed fourth in the 200 Free in 1:47.08. She had set the previous record of 1:47.16 in 2002. And, Arnold was the runner-up in the 100 Back, finishing in a school and freshman record 53.75. Kristin Heydanek set the previous records of 54.05 in 1994.

A total of five school records fell on the final day of competition, including a pair of freshman class records. Freshman Katie Nelson placed third in the 1650 Free in a school and class record 16:07.15. Melissa Herndon set the previous records of 16:23.38 in 1987. In the 200 Fly, Vandenberg broke Annette Salmeen's school record of 1:55.84 (1996). Vandenberg placed third in 1:55.13. Arnold was the runner-up in the 200 Back, setting a freshman class record of 1:56.44. And, the 400 Free Relay team of Vandenberg, Svahnstrom, Amy Thurman and Platzer placed second in 3:19.72. The previous record of 3:19.77 was set last season.

The Bruins had five runner-up finishes by Platzer (50 Free, 22.73, and 100 Free, 49.29), Arnold (100 Back, 53.75, and 200 Back, 1:56.44) and Vandenberg (100 Fly, 53.50).

UCLA hosted the Pac-10 Diving Championships at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA. At the meet, the four Bruins accounted for 236 of UCLA's 1,329 points (59 points per person).

On the three-meter springboard, Paige Thompson and Janine Strack competed in the finals. Thompson placed fourth (472.70) and Strack was eighth (403.30). In the prelims, Sara Clark finished 12th (394.20) and Amanda Blong was 13th (390.20).

Sophomores Blong and Thompson advanced to the one-meter springboard finals. In the finals, Blong placed sixth, scoring 264.50, and Thompson was seventh (261.45). In the prelims, Clark finished ninth (239.75) and Strack was 13th (228.75).

And, Strack and Thompson each qualified for the platform final. Strack placed sixth (367.40) and Thompson was eighth (316.55). In the prelims, Clark finished 10th (315.75) and Blong was 13th (291.65). It was the first platform competition for both Thompson and Blong.

Seven Bruins are ranked in the Top-25 in the nation by Taper and Shave so far this season:

Katie Arnold (6th, 53.75, 100 Back; 12th, 1:56.44, 200 Back)
Kristen Lewis (8th, 1:56.77, 200 Fly; 10th, 53.52, 100 Fly)
Katie Nelson (8th, 16:07.15, 1650 Free)
Sara Platzer (8th, 22.64, 50 Free; 8th, 49.29, 100 Free)
Kim Scarborough (19th, 4:15.15, 400 IM)
Malin Svahnstrom (7th, 1:58.99, 200 IM; 19th, 1:47.08, 200 Free)
Kim Vandenberg (5th, 1:55.13, 200 Fly; 7th, 53.27, 100 Fly)

The Bruin relays are also ranked amongst the top in the nation:

200 Free Relay: 6th, 1:31.32
400 Free Relay: 10th, 3:19.72
200 Medley Relay: 10th, 1:40.88
400 Medley Relay: 11th, 3:39.86

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)

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

Automatic qualifiers (8):
Katie Arnold (100/200 Back)
Kristen Lewis (100/200 Fly)
Jane Imagane (1650 Free)
Katie Nelson (1650 Free)
Sara Platzer (50/100 Free)
Kim Scarborough (400 IM)
Malin Svahnstrom (200 IM/Free)
Kim Vandenberg (100/200 Fly)

Provisional qualifiers (20):
Katie Arnold (50 Free)
Lindsey Buck (100 Fly)
Kendall Butler (100 Fly, 200 IM)
Shellene Catalano (100/200 Breast)
Jeana Fuccillo (200 Breast)
Leslie Hovsepian (100/200 Breast)
Jane Imagane (400 IM, 400/500/1500 Free)
Courtney Iversen (200/400 IM, 200 Back)
Jackie Lobdell (200 Back, 200/500/1650 Free)
Isabel Miesner (200 IM)
Melissa Miller (1500/1650 Free)
Katie Nelson (200/400/500/1500 Free)
Sara Platzer (200 Free)
Kim Scarborough (200 IM, 200 Back)
Lindsey Smart (200 IM)
Malin Svahnstrom (100 Free, 200 IM)
Amy Thurman (50 Free, 100 Fly)
Krissy Tinney (1650 Free)
Naoko Watanabe (200 IM, 100/200 Back)
Kim Vandenberg (50/100/200 Free)

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).

Bruin divers Carly Banks, Amanda Blong, Sara Clark, 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.

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.

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.

The Bruin divers will head to the NCAA Zone E Championships, held in Oklahoma City, OK, March 11-13. The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will take place March 18-20 in College Station, TX.

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