Feb. 15, 2007
The 16th-ranked UCLA Bruin swim team stands in fourth-place with 359 points after day two of the Pac-10 Swim Championships as senior Katie Nelson led the team with an NCAA automatic qualifier in the 500 Freestyle. Stanford stands in first-place with 546.5 points.
"We had a great day today, especially the finals session tonight with a started it off by swimming a lifetime-best in the 500 Free to win the console final (a time that would have gotten 4th place in the final). Jane Imagane also had a great swim in the consolation finals. Silke (Nowotzin) and Julie (Imagane) both swam faster in the finals then in the prelims."
Nelson swam a lifetime-best and NCAA automatic qualifier in the 500 Freestyle, swimming 4:44.49 to finish ninth overall (winning the A Console). Her previous lifetime-best was 4:45.23. Senior Jane Imagane, also swimming in the A Console, finished 14th with an NCAA "B" qualifier of 4:51.32. Sophomore Silke Nowotzin also swam a "B" qualifier, finishing 22nd in a lifetime-best of 4:53.60, while freshman Julie Imagane finished 23rd in a time of 4:54.57.
Junior Chiemi Yamamoto just missed her lifetime-best in the 200 IM (2:03.64), swimming 2:03.76 to finish 16th overall. The time was also an NCAA "B" qualifying time. In the console bonus of the 200 IM, seniors Isabel Miesner (2:02.71) and Jeana Fuccillo (2:04.03) finished 18th and 22nd, respectively as both were NCAA "B" qualifying times.
"The 200 IM was another great event for us. Chiemi swam a lifetime-best in the prelims to get into the consolation finals tonight. Isabel was 18th with a lifetime-best and Jeana, coming off a lifetime-best last night in the 100 Breast time trial (1:02.78), also had a good swim tonight."
Senior Katie Arnold finished ninth in the 50 Free, swimming a "B" qualifier of 22.87, while sophomore Anna Poteete was 10th in a time of 22.93, also a "B" qualifier. Senior Amy Thurman also swam a "B" time of 22.90 to finish 17th overall. All three times were lifetime-bests.
"The 50 Free was an incredibly fast event for the Pac-10's," added Gallagher. "The UCLA Bruins stepped up as all three of the sprinters swam lifetime-bests and under 23 seconds."
In the final event of the night, the 200 Free Relay, the team of Arnold, Poteete, Thurman and junior Katherine Wong placed fifth in a "B" qualifying time of 1:32.03.
Diving points from the one-meter competition, which were held last week in Federal Way, WA were added into tonight's scores. The Bruins picked up several points after impressive performances by three Bruins in which sophomore Marisa Samaniego was second (287.40) and seniors Sara Clark (283.30) and Amanda Blong (276.30) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Scores after day 2
1. Stanford 546.5
2. California 442
3. Arizona 409.5
4. UCLA 359
5. USC 262
6. Oregon State 186
7. Washington 181
8. Arizona State 178
9. Washington State 165