Feb. 27, 2008
The No. 15 Bruin swim team kicked off the Pac-10 Championships on a high note as four women swam to a new school record in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of three freshmen and one junior finished fifth with a new UCLA best of 7:14.73 as the Bruins finished day one of the conference meet in sixth-place.
California holds a slim lead (118 points) over Arizona (116 points) and Stanford (112 points) after two scored events, with the Bruins close behind with 96 points.
Wednesday featured just two event finals - the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. In the 200 medley relay, the Bruin team of Madeleine Stanton, Nicolette Teo, Kirsten Byers and Kelly Colligan placed seventh in a time of 1:41.04.
The 800 free relay team of Lauren Hall, Anna Poteete, Alex Sullivan and Emily Bibb finished fifth with a school record time of 7:14.73. The foursome broke the previous record of 7:14.76 set in 2003 by Kim Vandenberg, Sara Platzer, Lindsey Smart and Malin Svahnstrom.
Both relays also achieved NCAA "B" qualifying marks.
"We did a really great job tonight," said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "I'm really happy with how we started the meet. We had 20 swims to compete in tonight and had 20 really good performances. No one was really off and we were able to get our feet wet and shake off any nerves that were there.
"Coming into tonight we had our eyes on the 800 free relay record and with three freshmen swimming, I was a little nervous, but they swam great and got it done. It was a great start for us."
Competition continues on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. The diving portion of the meet will also get underway on Thursday in Federal Way, WA with the one meter competition.