Feb. 13, 2009
Senior Madeleine Stanton and sophomore Lauren Hall led the Bruin swimmers and divers on Friday in the final dual meet of the season as UCLA fell to USC, 155-145. The Bruins end the regular season with a record of 4-5 (2-5 Pac-10).
Stanton, swimming in her final dual meet as a Bruin, had a career day as she swam two meet records, two NCAA qualifiers and two lifetime-bests during the meet. She opened up with a meet record and lifetime-best swim of 53.08 in the 100 backstroke to win the event. Her time is just .07 seconds shy of the NCAA auto mark. The mark will also rank amongst the top-15 in the NCAA this season and took nearly a second off of her previous best (54.14). Stanton also broke Katie Arnold's 2004 school record of 53.22.
In the 200 back, she was at it again as she won with a meet record and lifetime-best of 1:54.87. Her time also broke Kristen Heydanek's 1994 record of 1:55.99. That time bettered her previous best of 1:56.16 and also will rank amongst the top-15 in the nation. She then capped off her day with a second-place swim in the 100 fly with a time of 54.84.
Hall had a huge race in the 400 IM as the Bruins went 1-2 and Hall finished nearly four seconds faster then 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni. Her time of 4:13.44 set a new lifetime-best and meet record. That mark also set a new school record, breaking Kim Scarborough's 2004 record swim of 4:14.62. Hall was also third in the 200 breast as she swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" time of 2:13.33.
Despite losing, the Bruins had many big performances throughout the meet. Sophomore Dani Milligan swam an NCAA "B" qualifier in the 1650 free to win the event with a lifetime-best swim of 16:24.50. Fellow sophomore Sam Vanden Berge was second with a season-best of 16:31.76 (just .26 seconds shy of an NCAA "B" time). Milligan was also second in the 400 IM as she swam a season-best and NCAA "B" qualifier of 4:16.90.
Senior Anna Poteete won the 50 free (23.10) and was second in both the 100 (1:47.90, season-best) and 200 free (49.61). Her 100 free time was also an NCAA "B" qualifier. In the 200 back, junior Isabell Fischer swan a lifetime-best of 1:58.56 to finish third overall.
The divers had a great day as every single competitor notched a season-best mark. Senior Marisa Samaniego was second on both 1M (296.93) and 3M (306.38) as she narrowly missed wins on both springboards. Freshman Alyssa Robinson was third on 3M (290.33) and fourth on 1M (249.22), while senior Brittany Hill was fifth on 3M (267.00) and sixth on 1M (245.92). Senior Tess Schofield finished fifth on 1M (249.22) and seventh on 3M (257.47).
UCLA wrapped up the meet with a big win in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of Poteete, Fischer, Bibb and Fitzgerald swam 1:32.07.
The Bruins will now train for two weeks before heading to Federal Way, WA for the Pac-10 Championships, held February 25-28.