Feb. 11, 2012
The UCLA swimming and diving team battled hard against the Trojans on Saturday in the final home meet of the season, but eventually fell to USC 170-130 despite many outstanding performances in the pool.
The crosstown rivalry meet always brings out the best in all of the competitors and today was no different as the Bruins blazed through the pool. Throughout the meet, two school records were broken, meet and facility marks fell and the Bruins notched over 40 season-best or lifetime-best marks and over 20 NCAA qualifying times.
Between the two teams, seven meet records and 13 facility records fell during the competition. The Bruins battled hard, but unfortunately, the Trojans swept the 200 breast, 500 free and 400 IM, putting the meet out of UCLA's reach.
USC took the first event, the 200 medley relay, but the Bruins finished second with a season-best and improved NCAA B time of 1:40.47. In the 1650 free, sophomore Lauren Baker and freshman Monica Dornick picked up some big points as they finished second (16:34.39) and third (16:41.32), respectively, as both posted season-best marks. Junior Briana Meyer picked up another point for UCLA as she placed fifth with a season-best time of 17:05.73.
The Bruins then saw junior Laurence Delisle fight hard in the 200 free, but was eventually edged out for second overall. Delisle swam a lifetime-best and NCAA B time of 1:47.88. Sophomore Ting Quah was third with a season-best swim of 1:48.48, while sophomore Anna Senko was fourth with a lifetime-best of 1:48.65 to pick up more points for the Bruins.
Junior Andrea Reigel had a huge day in the 100 back as she touched first with a season-best and NCAA B cut time of 54.26. Junior Emily Andelson was third with a season-best and NCAA B time of 54.66, while senior Annie Stefanec was fifth (55.46) as UCLA continued to keep the meet close.
Freshman Noelle Tarazona opened up the 200 butterfly with a 50 split of 26.19 and led for most of the race, but USC's Katinka Hosszu closed out to win. Tarazona finished second with a season-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:56.23. Senior Bianca Casciari was third with a season-best and NCAA B time of 1:57.86 and junior Yasi Jahanshahi was fifth (1:58.45) to pick up more points for the Bruins.
The 50 and 100 free were two of the biggest races of the day as sophomore Kathryn Murphy led the way in both. Murphy first broke the school, meet and facility record in the 50 free with her winning time of 22.45. She then went on to finish second in the 100 free with a time of 49.10. Sophomore Cynthia Fascella was third in the 50 free with a season-best and improved NCAA B cut time of 22.93, while Bergman placed fourth (23.36). Fascella also finished third in the 100 free with another season-best and improved NCAA B cut time (49.70).
In the 200 back, Senko led the way with her second-place swim (1:58.66), while Reigel was third (1:59.28). Jahanshahi was the top finisher for UCLA in the 100 fly as she was second with a time of 53.77. Casciari was third with a season-best and NCAA B cut time of 53.99.
The Bruins came up big in the final event of the meet, the 200 free relay, as the foursome of Murphy (22.69 split), Fascella (22.34 split), Bergman (22.68 split) and Casciari (22.72 split) broke the school, meet and facility record to win with a fast time of 1:30.43.
In diving action, freshman Emma Ivory-Ganja led the way as she was second on both 3M (292.35) and 1M (260.48). Junior Maggy Boyd was third on 3M (256.43), while sophomore Michelle Vale was fourth (247.95). On one-meter, sophomore Paulina Guzman was third (260.40) and Vale was fourth with a season-best score of 258.23. There was also an exhibition competition on platform and Ivory-Ganja finished second with a score of 266.33. Boyd was fourth with a lifetime-best of 227.85. Alum Laura Winn was fifth (217.28) and Guzman finished seventh (182.25).
Today marked the final day of the regular season as UCLA now shifts their focus to the first ever Pac-12 Championships (Federal Way, WA/Feb. 22-25) and the NCAA Championships (Auburn, AL/March 15-17).