Swimmers Wrap Up Summer Season With Strong Showing At USA Nationals

Aug. 11, 2010

The UCLA swimmers wrapped up their summer season over the weekend in Irvine at the USA Summer Nationals with impressive results. Brittany Beauchan, Bianca Casciari, Lauren Hall, Yasi Jahanshahi and Sam Vanden Berge highlighted the Bruin competitors with event final swims, while the relays also shined. As a group, Team Bruin finished ninth overall in the team competition.

"I'm so happy with how the meet went," said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "We worked very hard during the summer and the results showed. The team swam very fast times and it's great to end the year like that.

"Now we shift our focus to the upcoming season and can't wait to get started in September."

Vanden Berge was the high point winner for the team as she was the top finisher for the Bruins in any event. She was ninth overall in the 800 free with a time of 8:42.04. She was also 18th in the 400 free with a time of 4:14.45.

Casciari was 13th in the 200 fly with a time of 2:12.58, while Jahanshahi was 18th (2:16.99). Hall was 18th in the 400 IM (4:45.14) and 22nd in the 200 IM (2:16.93). Beauchan was 17th in the 200 breast (2:29.47) and 21st in the 100 breast (2:29.47).

The 800 free relay team of Alex Sullivan (2:03.25 split), Vanden Berge (2:01.74 split), Hall (2:01.94 split) and Dani Milligan (2:05.58 split) had a huge swim, finishing second overall with a time of 8:12.51.

The 400 free relay comprised of Kirsten Byers (59.07 split), Sullivan (57.78 split), Hall (57.20 split) and Emily Andelson (58.28 split) was eighth overall (3:52.33).

The 400 medley relay wrapped up the meet with a seventh-place swim as Andelson (1:04.51 back split), Beauchan (1:09.76 breast split), Jahanshahi (1:00.81 fly split) and Hall (57.65 free split) combined for a time of 4:12.73.

In addition to the 12 athletes competing for Team Bruin, Andrea Reigel, Kelsey Hall, Laurence Delisle and Emma Drysdale competed for their hometown club teams. Incoming freshmen Kylie Garcia, Anna Senko, Jessica Bergman and Cynthia Fascella were also competing in the pool.

Bruin alum and Olympian Kim Vandenberg also competed at Nationals and just missed a spot on Team USA's PanPacific Championship team as she finished fourth in the 200 fly (2:09.08). The top three earned spots on the U.S. team. Olympian Amanda Beard, who used to train with coach Gallagher, returned to action after taking time off to have her first child. Beard was swimming to lose the baby weight, but ended up earning a spot on Team USA with a second-place swim in the 200 breast (2:26.50).

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