Feb. 28, 2008
The 15th-ranked Bruin swim and dive team moved up to fifth-place on day two of the Pac-10 Championships as Nicolette Teo, Anna Poteete and Emily Bibb highlighted competitors on Friday. Arizona leads the meet after seven events with 496 points. Stanford is in second (472), California in third (396), USC in fourth (309), with the Bruins close behind in fifth with 301 points.
The Bruins saw a bevy of lifetime or season-best swims on Friday highlighted by the performances of Teo, Bibb and Poteete. Bibb started the night off with a huge swim in the 500 free, placing sixth in the championship final with a new lifetime-best of 4:47.03. Her time is an NCAA "B" qualifier and is just less then two seconds shy of the automatic mark (4:45.46). Bibb was one of seven Bruin 500 free swimmers to compete in one of three finals during the evening.
Teo won the B Consolation section of the 200 IM, an event she has not competed in this season. Her time of 2:00.89 bettered her previous lifetime-best by nearly four seconds and was just .65 seconds shy of the NCAA auto mark.
Poteete raced to a huge lifetime-best of 22.55 in the 50 free to place second in the A Consolation. That time is an NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 2 all-time in UCLA swim history.
Aside from Bibb in the 500 free, five swimmers tallied lifetime-bests, while all seven finalists achieved an NCAA "B" qualifier. Freshman Sam Vanden Berge swam an eight second lifetime-best of 4:48.61 to finish 14th overall, while sophomore Julie Imagane swam a lifetime-best of 4:48.41 to place 15th as both competed in the A Consolation. In the B Consolation, senior Shannon Hackett posted a lifetime-best 4:49.32 to place 18th, junior Ellen Brooks swam a season-best 4:53.14 for 21st-place, freshman Dani Milligan was 22nd with a lifetime-best swim of 4:53.33, and freshman Alex Sullivan rounded out the finalists with her 23rd-place and lifetime-best swim of 4:53.90.
Up in Federal Way, WA at the Pac-10 Diving Championships, junior Marisa Samaniego led the way with her eighth-place showing on one meter (227.70). Junior Tess Schofield (228.55, 11th), freshman Morgan Erpenbeck (228.35, 12th) and junior Brittany Hill (226.10, 14th) rounded out the Bruin finalists.
Competition continues on Friday in Washington with the three meter diving contest. Swimming will continue in Long Beach with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.