Dec. 5, 2009
For the second straight day, Brittany Beauchan etched her name in the Bruin record books as the UCLA swimmers were on fire in the pool at the USA Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, WA. Beauchan led the team with a school record performance in the 200 breast, while seven NCAA marks were achieved on the final day of competition.
Beauchan equaled the school record in the 100 breast on Friday (1:00.45) and then came back to break the school record in the 200 breast with a sixth-place swim in the A Final on Saturady. Her time of 2:10.43 broke Lindsay Etter's 1998 school record of 2:10.86. Beauchan's time was an NCAA qualifier and just .12 seconds shy of the auto standard. Her swim today bettered her previous season-best by over three seconds (2:13.89).
Sophomore Bianca Casciari had another huge night as she swam a big lifetime-best of 1:55.97 in the 200 fly to win the B Final. Her time was just 1.02 seconds shy of the NCAA auto standard. Since the beginning of the season, Casciari has dropped nearly five seconds off of her previous lifetime-best (2:00.11). Her time of 1:55.97 moves Casciari to No. 3 all-time at UCLA.
Also in the 200 fly, sophomore Yasi Jahanshahi swam a season-best and NCAA B time of 1:58.93 in the prelim round, and then finished 12th in the B Final with a time of 1:59.03. Hall (27th, 2:01.84) and senior Kirsten Byers (53rd, 2:05.92) also swam season-best marks in the event.
In the 200 back, senior Isabell Fischer swam a season-best and NCAA qualifier of 1:57.84 to finish 11th in the B Final. Fischer then helped the foursome of Marchand, freshman Emily Andelson and Hall swim a season-best and NCAA mark of 3:23.60 for sixth in the 400 free relay. Andelson also swam a season-best 51.22 in the 100 free, placing 39th overall. Junior Dani Milligan was 13th in the 1650 free in a time of 16:44.29.
This marks the end of the 2009 portion of the swimming schedule. The Bruins will return January 8th as they host Kansas and Fresno State at the Spieker Aquatics Center.