Jan. 27, 2012
The UCLA swimming and diving team faced off with No. 8 Stanford on Friday and fought hard before falling to the Cardinal by a score of 164-134. The Bruins kept it close for the first half of the meet, but Stanford proved to be too strong and pulled away to win. During the meet the Bruins posted two relay wins, two individual wins and 23 season-bests marks. UCLA fell to 4-3 (2-3 Pac-10), while Stanford improved to 6-1 (6-0 Pac-12).
UCLA opened up the meet with a huge win in the 200 medley relay as they touched out Stanford by .11 seconds to win. The team of Emily Andelson, Allison Gargalikis, Yasi Jahanshahi and Cynthia Fascella swam a season-best and improved NCAA B cut time, and broke the meet record against the Cardinal with a time of 1:41.48.
The Bruins capped off the meet with another big relay win as Kathryn Murphy, Fascella, Jesse Bergman and Jahanshahi swam a season-best and improved NCAA B cut time of 1:31.94 to win. They edged out the Cardinal by .16 seconds.
Also posting wins on Friday were Jahanshahi and Gargalikis. Jahanshahi won the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.15, while Gargalikis was first in the 100 breast with a season-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:02.44. Emily Weir added points in the 100 breast with her second-place finish (1:04.10) to Gargalikis' win.
Jahanshahi was edged out in the 100 fly by .09 seconds as she placed second with a time of 54.01.
In the 1000 free, Lauren Baker battled with Stanford's Natalie Durant for most of the race and eventually took the lead, but couldn't quite hold on for the win as she placed second with a season-best time of 10:02.92. Monica Dornick, also in the 1000 free, also posted a season-best as she finished fourth overall (10:11.28).
Andelson was the top finisher for UCLA in the 100 back as she placed second with a time of 55.47. Laurence Delisle was third in the 200 back (2:00.74), while Jessica Khojasteh was the top Bruin finisher in the 200 breast, placing second with a season-best swim of 2:18.86. Noelle Tarazona was second in the 400 IM (4:21.31) and was the top Bruin finisher in that race.
The sprint free events, the 50 and 100, were quite exciting as they came down to the wire. In the 50 free, Murphy got edged out by two Stanford swimmers to finish third overall with a season-best and NCAA B cut time of 22.96. She was also vying for the 100 free crown, but was edged out again, this time by .08 seconds to finish second (49.66).
In diving action, Emma Ivory-Ganja was the top finisher for the Bruins on three-meter as she scored 273.08. Haley McNamara (252.53) and Michelle Vale (244.58) were second and third, respectively, as both posted season-best scores. On 1M, McNamara led the way with her second-place showing as she scored another season-high of 257.40. Ivory-Ganja was third (236.70) and Michelle Vale was fifth (235.20).
The Bruins return to action on Saturday with they face off with the top-ranked team in the country, Cal at noon in the Spieker Aquatics Center.