Feb. 25, 2012
Kathryn Murphy, Emma Ivory-Ganja and the 4 free relay highlighted the women's swimming and diving team on the final day of competition at the inaugural Pac-12 Championships as Murphy and the 4x400m relay broke school records and Ivory-Ganja placed third on tower.
On the final day of the conference meet, the Bruins tallied 10 lifetime-bests, 21 season-bests and 14 NCAA "B" qualifying times. The Bruins finished fifth with 1087.5 points, while Cal won the team title with 1389.5 points.
Murphy was competing in the "B" final of the 100 freestyle and finished 10th overall with a new school record time of 48.78. She broke the school record set in 2011 by teammate Cynthia Fascella (49.01). Fascella competed in the "A" final and finished eighth overall with a season-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 49.08. She was just .07 shy of her lifetime-best. In the "C" final, Ting Quah was 22nd overall in a time of 50.26.
The 400 free relay team broke the school record mark set in 2011 (3:18.79) as the team of Fascella, Murphy, Jesse Bergman and Bianca Casciari finished fifth with a season-best mark of 3:17.63. That time improves on their NCAA "B" qualifier.
Ivory-Ganja, who placed third on three-meter with a lifetime-best on Friday night, came back on Saturday to finish third overall on tower with a new lifetime-best of 277.25. Also on tower, Paulina Guzman finished 12th with a season-best of 194.25, Maggy Boyd was 15th (176.90) and Haley McNamara placed 16th (167.55).
In the 1650 freestyle, Lauren Baker led the way as she placed fifth with a lifetime-best and NCAA "B" cut time of 16:27.51. Monica Dornick was seventh as she also swam a lifetime-best (16:33.62). Rachel Godfred tacked on another lifetime-best with her 12th-place swim (16:53.22). Briana Meyer rounded out the Bruin scorers in the mile as she placed 19th with a time of 17:15.45.
Two Bruins were competing in the "A" final of the 200 back - Andrea Reigel and Anna Senko. Reigel finished second with a time of 1:56.60, while Senko was eighth with a time of 1:56.70. Both swam lifetime-bests and NCAA "B" cut times in the preliminary rounds with Reigel swimming 1:56.33 and Senko finishing in 1:55.56. Reigel's time moves her to sixth all-time in UCLA history.
In the 200 breaststroke, freshmen Jessica Khojasteh (2:17.01) and Allison Gargalikis (2:17.02) each swam lifetime-bests in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the "C" final, where Khojasteh was 22nd and Gargalikis 23rd.
After breaking the freshman record in the 400 IM on Friday night, Noelle Tarazona came back on Saturday to swim a lifetime-best and improved NCAA "B" cut time of 1:55.99 in the "A" final where she finished fourth overall. Bianca Casciari, also in the "A" final, finished sixth with a season-best and improved NCAA "B" time of 1:57.03. Yasi Jahanshahi won the B final and placed ninth overall as she swam 1:56.44. Stephanie Christofferson was 14th as she swam a season-best and improved NCAA "B" cut time of 1:58.75. In the "C" final, Karoline Sanderud placed 18th (1:59.40), and Rachel Godfred finished 23rd (2:01.88, season-best).
Up next for the Bruins, all five of UCLA's divers will head to Colorado Springs, CO March 8-9 for the NCAA Zone E Championships where they will compete for a spot at the NCAA Championships.
1. Cal - 1389.5 pts.
2. Stanford - 1341.5 pts.
3. USC - 1225 pts.
4. Arizona - 1171 pts.
5. UCLA - 1087.5 pts.
6. Arizona State - 790.5 pts.
7. Utah - 485 pts.
8. Oregon State - 326.5 pts.
9. Washington State - 239.5 pts.