Dec. 3, 2009
The Bruin swimmers had an excellent day in the pool at the USA Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, WA as several lifetime-best and NCAA qualifiers were achieved, while Karina Silva led the divers in Austin at the Texas Invite.
It was a day of lifetime-best and NCAA qualifiers for the swimmers in Washington as Lindsey Marchand, Lauren Hall and Bianca Casciari highlighted the swimmers. Marchand, a freshman, was the top finisher in the 200 IM, placing 14th with a season-best and NCAA "B" time of 2:00.74. Hall, a junior, was 16th with an NCAA mark of 2:01.59, but swam a lifetime-best of 1:59.60 in the prelim rounds. Sophomore Casciari finished 21st with a new personal best time of 2:01.24, also an NCAA "B" mark. Hall moves to No. 2 all-time in UCLA history, while Marchand now ranks third and Casciari is eighth.
In Austin at the Texas Invite, junior Karina Silva was again the top finisher for the Bruins as she placed third on three-meter with a solid score of 298.95. Silva was fifth after the prelim rounds (271.90) before moving to third in the final.
Competition continues in Federal Way, WA for the swimmers and Austin, TX for the divers on Friday.