Nov. 14, 2012
The 12th-ranked UCLA swimming and diving teams travel to a pair of invitationals this week, as the swimming squad goes south to Long Beach for the Arena Invitational. Meanwhile, the diving team flies east to Houston for the Phill Hansel Invite. Both meets run Thursday through Saturday.
A few miles down the 405, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach (4000 East Olympic Plaza, 90803) will be the site of the three-day Arena Invitational. The women's events will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's session, which begins at 9 a.m. each day. Thursday and Friday finals start at 6 p.m., while Saturday finals begin at 5 or 5:30 p.m.
The Bruins are one of 13 women's squads competing, including #2 California and #18 Arizona State. Links to live scoring, results and psych sheets can be found at the Arena Invitational link at the top of this page. Three-day session passes are $35 (Nov. 15-17) and two-day session passes are $25 (Nov. 16-17). Single-day passes are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children.
In Houston, Texas, the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will host the three-day Phill Hansel Invitational, which also includes swimming events. On Thursday, women's Three-Meter preliminaries will begin 30 minutes after the men's One-Meter, which starts at 11 a.m. CT. The 3-M final will start during the first break of the evening swimming session, which begins at 6 p.m.
The meet continues on Friday with One-Meter prelims at 11 a.m. and the One-Meter final at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the platform final will commence at 12 p.m. A total of 20 teams are participating at the meet, including #4 Texas A&M, #5 Texas, #19 LSU and #23 Arkansas. Links to live results on the Hansel Invite home page can be found at the top of this page.
The UCLA swimming and diving teams are 8-0 in dual meets this season and have risen to 12th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) rankings. The Bruins are fourth among Pac-12 teams in the poll, behind #1 USC, #2 California and #6 Stanford. UCLA is ahead of #13 Arizona and #18 Arizona State, which it defeated last weekend at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins beat Arizona State 190.5-108.5 last Friday and followed that up with a 157-141 triumph over Arizona, their first victory over the Wildcats since 2000.