Feb. 24, 2012
Night No. 3 of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships was a big one for the Bruins as one school record and two freshman records fell in Federal Way, WA. During day three of the conference meet, the Bruins posted 15 lifetime-best performances, 23 season-best marks and 16 NCAA "B" cut times.
Freshman diver Emma Ivory-Ganja had the biggest performance of the night as she broke the UCLA three-meter school record, set by Paige Thompson in 2003 (329.70), with a score of 348.75 to finish third overall. Ivory-Ganja picked up some conference hardware with her third-place finish and improved upon her previous best of 327.30.
Allison Gargalikis and Noelle Tarazona also got into the record-breaking spirit as they both set new freshman school marks in their respective events. Gargalikis had a huge night as she narrowly missed Brittany Beauchan's 100 breaststroke record by .04 seconds with her fourth-place swim in the "A" final. Her time of 1:00.49 was a lifetime-best, improved NCAA "B" cut time and a new freshman record. That mark also ranks second all-time in UCLA history. Tarazona finished 11th in the "B" final of the 400 IM as she swam a lifetime-best, improved NCAA "B" time and the No. 2 mark in school history (4:12.94).
Also in the 400 IM, junior Karoline Sanderud finished 15th in the B final with a time of 4:17.76. Sophomore Lauren Baker swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 4:18.29 in the C final to finish 18th overall.
In the 100 breast "B" final, sophomore Emily Weir placed 15th with a time of 1:02.87. She swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:02.75 in the prelims. In the C final, frosh Jessica Khojasteh placed 20th with a lifetime-best swim of 1:03.02.
Senior Yasi Jahanshahi led the way in the 100 butterfly as she finished eighth in the "A" final (53.13). She posted a season-best and improved NCAA "B" cut mark of 53.06 in the prelims. In the "B" final of the 100 fly, senior Bianca Casciari placed 10th (53.10, season-best), junior Stephanie Christofferson was 11th (53.23, season-best) and junior Emily Andelson finished 15th (53.87, lifetime-best) as all posted NCAA "B" cut times.
In the 200 free, sophomore Kathryn Murphy swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" time of 1:48.01 to finish 14th in the "B" final. Sophomore Ting Quah, also in the "B" final, was 16th with a time of 1:48.58. She swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" mark of 1:47.61 in the prelims. In the "C" final, sophomore Cynthia Fascella also swam a lifetime-best and NCAA time of 1:47.99.
Andelson also finished 13th in the "B" final of the 100 back as she swam a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 53.66. Sophomore Andrea Reigel was 16th in the "B" final with a time of 54.65. She swam a lifetime-best of 54.09 in the prelims and moves to No. 6 all-time in school history. In the "C" final, junior Laurence Delisle placed 22nd with a season-best and improved NCAA mark of 54.86.
Just like on Thursday, diver Paulina Guzman joined Ivory-Ganja in the finals. The sophomore finished eighth with a score of 232.05 (292.35 in prelims). Sophomore Michelle Vale was 11th (259.35), sophomore Haley McNamara was 14th (245.00) and junior Maggy Boyd was 15th (232.30).
The 400 medley relay wrapped up night three with a season-best swim of 3:38.15 as the foursome of Andelson, Gargalikis, Casciari and Murphy finished sixth overall.
Cal leads after three days of competition with 961.5 points, followed by Stanford (868), USC (819), Arizona (782) and UCLA (682.5). The meet concludes on Saturday with the seven remaining events - 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.