March 18, 2011
For the second straight day, senior Lauren Hall broke another school record en route to All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Swimming Championships in Austin, TX.
Competing in her top event, the 400 IM, Hall advanced to the B final with the 13th-fastest time during the prelims (4:08.39). She then moved up to 10th overall, and second in the B final, with a lifetime-best and school record swim of 4:06.42. That bettered her previous record of 4:07.38 which she set at the Pac-10 Championships in late February. With her 10th-place finish, Hall earned All-America honorable mention honors in the event. Today's swim also was her highest finish in the 400 IM at NCAAs during her career.
Several other Bruins were in action on Friday. Senior Sam Vanden Berge swam a lifetime-best and the No. 5 mark all-time in UCLA history in the 200 free with her 37th-place finish (1:47.27). Senior Alex Sullivan finished just a couple of spots ahead of Vanden Berge in 35th-place with a time of 1:47.17. Freshman Cynthia Fascella was 61st in a time of 1:49.65.
The 800 free relay of Hall, Sullivan, Vanden Berge and Fascella finished 13th in a time of 7:08.13.
Competition concludes on Saturday as Vanden Berge competes in her signature event, the 1650 free. Fascella will swim the 100 free, Beuachan and Hall will compete in the 200 breast and Jahanshahi and Casciari will swim the 200 fly.