Dec. 3, 2010
The Bruin swimming and diving team had another big day in the pool on day two of the Texas Invitational in Austin as Lauren Hall led the way with a win in the 400 IM. During the day, eight NCAA "B" cut marks were achieved along with 13 season-best performances.
Hall captured the first individual event crown of the meet for UCLA with her win in the 400 IM. Her time of 4:09.03 was a season-best by over five seconds and just shy of her own school record. The time also ranks amongst the top 10 in the NCAA this season and is just under two seconds shy of the auto mark for NCAAs.
Hall wasn't the only one finding success in the 400 IM as Dani Milligan, Karoline Sanderud and Yasi Jahanshahi all posted "B" cut times and season-best marks. Milligan was third with a season-best swim of over eight seconds (4:15.17), Sanderud was fifth with a season-best by 11 seconds (4:19.67). Also, Bianca Casciari was 11th with a season-best swim by over eight seconds (4:22.74), and Briana Meyer was 18th with a nine-second season-best swim (4:29.36).
In the 200 free, Alex Sullivan led the way with her season-best and NCAA "B" time (1:47.42). She swam 1:47.61 in the finals. Sam Vanden Berge was 18th with a season-best swim of 1:48.81, while Hall was 19th with a season-best swim of 1:49.15. Both Vanden Berge and Hall also posted NCAA "B" cuts in the event.
Jahanshahi swam a season-best of 56.15 in the prelims of the 100 back and then placed 16th in the final with a swim of 56.89. Isabel Williams was 24th, also in the 100 back, as she swam a lifetime-best in the prelims of 57.64 (58.24 in final).
In three-meter diving action, Karina Silva led the way with her eighth-place finish in the final (259.00). Haley McNamara just missed a spot in the final by .20 points and finished ninth overall with a score of 247.25. Laura Winn was 11th (239.95), Paulina Guzman was 22nd (204.40) and Maggy Boyd was 25th (194.45).
Competition concludes on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving.