Nov. 12, 2010
The UCLA swimming and diving team improved to 7-0 on the season with a big win over Arizona State on Friday at the Spieker Aquatics Center. Behind nine event wins, 11 NCAA marks and 38 season-best performances, the Bruins defeated the Sun Devils 168-132 to improve to 2-0 in the conference. UCLA also broke two meet records during the win.
Early on, the meet was very tight between the two schools, but the Bruins surged ahead in the second half of the competition behind strong performances in the 100 fly and 400 IM where UCLA swept the top three places.
With today's win, the Bruins stretch their all-time lead over ASU to 20-8-1.
The Bruins had two double-event winners on Friday as Brittany Beauchan and Yasi Jahanshahi won the breast and fly events, respectively. Beauchan was first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.72 and then had a huge performance in the 200 as she touched out ASU's Jordyn Green by .10 seconds to win with a season-best swim of 2:13.47. That time was also an NCAA B qualifier. Jahanshahi won the 100 fly with a time of 54.55 and the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.38.
The freshmen showed that they are willing and able to step up and pick up points for the team as three newcomers won their events with season-best times. Kathryn Murphy was first in the 50 free (23.55), Cynthia Fascella won the 100 free (51.01) and Anna Senko won the 200 back (2:00.65).
Lauren Hall had a huge day in the pool as she shattered her own meet record in the 400 IM with a season-best and NCAA B qualifier of 4:14.17 to win the event. Hall also led the Bruins in the 500 free as she swam a season-best and NCAA B time of 4:50.40 to finish second overall.
The divers also put on an impressive showing as Laura Winn, Karina Silva and Haley McNamara all posted NCAA Zone E qualifiers on three-meter. Winn led the way with her second-place finish as she scored a big lifetime-best of 295.88 (old best 276.70). Silva was third (278.10) and McNamara was fourth with a season-best score of 285.00. On three-meter, Silva was the top finisher for UCLA as she placed second with a total of 272.33. McNamara was fourth (256.95) and Winn was fifth with a season-best of 249.60.
The Bruins wrapped up the meet with a meet record-breaking swim in the 200 free relay as the team of Fascella, Murphy, Andelson and Delisle out-touched ASU by .11 seconds to win with a season-best time of 1:34.08.
The Bruins will next take on Arizona on Saturday in the Spieker Aquatics Center at 11:30 am.