Swimmers Post Best Marks At LA Invitational

July 12, 2010

The Bruin swimmers headed crosstown over the weekend to the McDonald Pool on USC's campus to compete at the Los Angeles Grand Prix and came away with several lifetime-best performances and qualifiers for Nationals.

The meet featured over 1100 swimmers during the 3.5 days of competition and was the final tune-up before the USA National Swimming Championships, held in Irvine August 2-7.

"We competed well this weekend," said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "Everyone had at least one best time, which is impressive during the summer season. We have been working hard AND swimming fast in practice, so it does not surprise me we were fast this weekend. We still have to work on some race details, and that will be our focus over the next three weeks."

Some highlights from the meet include Emily Andelson picking up a national qualifier in the 100 back (1:03.78), which improved upon her previous best by over two seconds.

The 400 medley relay of Andelson, Brittany Beauchan, Yasi Jahanshahi and Kirsten Byers were third with a strong time of 4:17.84.

Jahanshahi was sixth in the 200 fly with a best time of 2:11.74, and also finished 19th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.06.

Beauchan won the A Consolation 200 breast competition with a time of 2:33.40 and was 10th in the 100 breast (1:10.78)

Lauren Hall was 18th in the 200 fly (2:16.31) and 19th in the 200 IM (2:16.93)

Sam Vanden Berge was ninth in the 400 free (4:15.83) to win the A Consolation.

Briana Meyer was 11th in the 1500m free (17:28.09), 20th in the 800 free (903.30) and 21st in the 400 IM (5:00.87)

Paige Treleven was 24th in the 400 IM (5:00.17).

Other swimmers posting best marks were Byers in the 200 fly (2:21.41) and 50 free (27.13), Dani Milligan in the 200 fly (2:19.10), Kelsey Louden in the 200 breast (2:40.67) and Alex Sullivan in the 50 free (27.67).

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