Feb. 12, 2011
Despite falling to rival USC in dual meet action, the Bruin swimming and diving team had an incredible day in the pool as 50 season-bests, three meet records, two freshman records and 27 NCAA cuts were achieved.
The Bruins lost to USC 176-124 and end the regular season with a record of 9-4 (3-4 Pac-10).
"It was a very fast meet today," said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "USC is an incredibly talented team and I don't think any team in the country could have beaten them today. We did our best for where we are in our preparation for Pac-10s and NCAAs and I am so proud of how our team has stepped up. We keep getting faster with every meet and I'm really excited for this next month of competition."
UCLA started the meet off with a season-best swim in the 200 medley relay (1:40.35). The team of Emily Andelson, Brittany Beauchan, Stephanie Christofferson and Cynthia Fascella improved on their season-best mark by nearly two seconds and lowered their NCAA "B" cut time.
Fascella had a huge day in the pool as she set freshman and meet records to win both the 50 and 100 free. Her 50 free time of 22.51 is No. 2 all-time in UCLA history, while her 100 free time of 49.25 is No. 4 all-time. Both marks were NCAA "B" cut times.
Also in the 50 free, fellow frosh Kathryn Murphy swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 22.71. That time ranks sixth all-time in school history. Ting Quah also swam a lifetime-best as she finished fourth with a time of 23.28. Murphy was also fifth in the 100 free with a season-best and NCAA "B" time of 50.15.
In the 1650 free, senior Sam Vanden Berge led the way with a second-place swim of 16:21.32. Freshman Lauren Baker was third with a season-best swim, NCAA "B" cut and the No. 7 mark in school history (16:27.91).
Senior Alex Sullivan broke her own school record in the 200 free as she swam a lifetime-best of 1:45.55 to win the event. That mark is just off of the NCAA auto standard (1:44.02). Senior Lauren Hall was third with the No. 3 mark in school history (1:47.67), while Quah was fifth with the No. 8 mark all-time at UCLA (1:47.67). Both Hall's and Quah's times were lifetime-bests and NCAA "B" cut marks.
Sullivan then went on to swim the No. 5 500 free mark in school history with a second-place swim of 4:44.35. That time was a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" qualifier. Sophomore Rachel Godfred was sixth with a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 4:51.42.
In the 100 back, Andelson swam 54.59, a mark which was a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" qualifier. Freshman Anna Senko finished just behind Andelson in fifth with a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 54.92. In the 200 back, Senko posted the No. 4 time in school history as she was second overall. Her time of 1:56.10 was a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time. Junior Laurence Delisle was third as she swam the No. 7 time at UCLA (1:56.97), which was a season-best and NCAA "B" cut time.
Also in the 100 back, junior Annie Stefanec swam a huge lifetime-best with her swim of 54.47. Stefanec was competing as an exhibition athlete and has (due to the roster restrictions for duals), but that time would have placed her third as UCLA's top finisher. She has had limited competitions this season, but that time ranks seventh in school history and is an NCAA "B" cut mark.
Beauchan led the way in both breaststroke events as she was third in the 100 (1:01.31) and second in the 200 (2:10.96).
Junior Yasi Jahanshahi swam the No. 3 200 fly time in school history with her second-place swim of 1:55.53. That time is less then one second shy of the NCAA auto mark (1:54.96) and was a lifetime-best swim. Christofferson swam the No. 7 mark in school history, finishing third overall. Her time of 1:57.68 was a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time.
In the 100 fly, Jahanshahi swam the No. 2 mark in school history, 52.87, to finish second overall. Her time is just .80 seconds shy of the NCAA auto standard and was a lifetime-best swim. Christofferson swam the No. 3 time in school history as she finished third with a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 53.00.
In diving action, freshman Haley McNamara was the top finisher for the Bruins on one-meter as she was second with a score of 253.73. Sophomore Maggy Boyd was third (245.40), while senior Karina Silva was fourth (243.3). On three-meter, Silva led the way with a second-place score of 276.98. Senior Laura Winn was fourth (273.98) and Boyd was fifth (256.50).
The 200 free relay team of Fascella, Murphy, Jesse Bergman and Quah capped off the day with a meet record-breaking first-place swim of 1:31.17.
Today's dual marks the end of the regular season for the Bruin swimmers and divers. They will be off next weekend before heading to Federal Way, WA for the Pac-10 Championships February 24-27.