Nov. 11, 2006
The Arizona Wildcats defeated the UCLA Bruins 170-127 in Pac-10 dual meet swimming and diving action on Saturday. Seniors Katie Nelson and Sara Clark and junior Nicolette Teo led the Bruins with individual event wins as UCLA fell to 4-1 (2-1 Pac-10) on the season.
On the day the Bruins won 4 events, and picked up 5 NCAA Championship qualifying marks and 4 NCAA Zone qualifiers.
Junior Nicolette Teo won the 100 Breaststroke for the second consecutive day, swimming 1:03.21, an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Senior Jeana Fuccillo finished second with an NCAA "B" qualifier in the 200 Breast in a time of 2:16.46, while Teo was third, also with an NCAA "B" time of 2:16.48.
Senior Katie Nelson won the 1000 Free for the second consecutive day, swimming 9:56. 92, while senior Jane Imagane was third, swimming 10:04.53. Nelson was second in the 500 Free with an NCAA "B" time of 4:52.48. Junior Shannon Hackett was third in the 500 Free, swimming 4:57.43.
In the 200 Butterfly, Hackett finished third, swimming 2:04.25. Sophomore Anna Poteete placed second in the 50 Freestyle (23.56) and 100 Freestyle (51.27). In the 100 Fly, senior Amy Thurman was second with a time of 56.31.
In the 400 IM, junior Chiemi Yamamoto swam an NCAA "B" time of 4:20.14 to finish third.
For the second consecutive meet, the Bruin divers swept the one-meter competition, with Clark winning with a score of 273.15. Sophomore Marisa Samaniego was second with a score of 268.65, and senior Amanda Blong was third (260.32) to round out the Bruin sweep. Both Clark and Samaniego's marks on 1M were NCAA Zone qualifiers. Sophomore Tess Schofield, competing as an exhibition, posted a score of 241.27.
Clark led a second Bruin sweep, this time on three-meter as the senior posted her third event win on the weekend. Clark won with a score of 296.63, while Blong was second with 287.33. Both of their marks were NCAA Zone qualifiers. Samaniego rounded out the Bruin sweep with a third-place score of 270.82. Schofield, again competing as exhibition, scored 223.72.
"I'm really proud of Sara," said Dive Coach Tom Stebbins. "This is something I've seen within her for a long time and she really performed well this weekend.
I'm also really happy with how Amanda bounced back on 3M today. That's a huge number for her and so great to see. I know Marisa is just going to keep getting better. There is still room for improvement and time to go out and do something special. I feel really good about my team and pleased with where we are at this early in the season."
Next up for the Bruins ...
The diving team will return to action November 17-19 at the Minnesota Invitational, while the swim team will be off from competition until late November. The swimmers and divers will then head to the Texas Invitational in Austin, TX November 30 through December 2. Some swimmers might also compete at the U.S. Open in West Lafayette, IN that same weekend.