June 4, 2008
The UCLA swimmers will head to two big meets this weekend for a final tune-up before the Olympic Trials. The Bruins will have athletes at the Omaha Grand Prix in Nebraska and the Janet Evans Invitational at USC.
Competing in Omaha at the newly built Olympic Trials pool are former Bruin Kim Vandenberg, recent graduate Nicolette Teo and current Bruins Emily Bibb and Anna Poteete. Also competing with Team Bruin in Omaha is Olympic medalist Amanda Beard, who now trains under the guise of UCLA head coach Cyndi Gallagher.
At USC and the Janet Evans Invitational, several Bruins will be trying to make qualifying times for the Olympic Trials and swim personal-bests. Of note is former Bruin Luisa Los-Santos, who is trying for the FINA "A" cut time in the 100 butterfly to make the Malaysian National Team. She is less then .5 seconds shy of the mark.
Below is a list of Olympic Trials qualifiers.
Kirsten Byers: 100 fly
Brittany Beauchan: 100 breast
Emily Bibb: 200/400 free
Lauren Hall : 200/400 IM
Carly Lyons: 200 back
Dani Milligan: 400 IM
Anna Poteete: 50/100 free
Sam Vanden Berge: 200/400/800 free, 400 IM
Team Bruin Member
Kim Vandenberg: 100/200 fly, 50/100/200 free, 200 IM
Amanda Beard: 100/200 breast, 200 IM
Teo, a five-time All-American with UCLA, has already been named to the Singapore National Team and will compete in her third Olympic Games this summer in the 100/200 breast and relays.