July 30, 2010
A large contingent of Bruin swimmers will travel to Irvine to compete at the ConocoPhillips National Swimming Championship beginning on Tuesday. The meet ends on August 7th and features over 30 Olympians including Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol, Natalie Coughlin and Rebecca Soni.
The meet, which will take place at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, is one of the biggest swimming events of the year. The meet will serve as the selection meet for the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, which will take place in Irvine, August 18-22, and will feature top competitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and more than 20 other countries. Both Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships will also serve as the selection meets for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
The National Championships will follow the traditional meet schedule of morning prelims and evening finals. Finals begin at 6 p.m. PT and prelims begin at 9 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at Irvine2010.com and are $15 for a day pass and $10 for a single session pass. An all-session general admission ticket can also be purchased for $60.
The competition will be broadcast by NBC in two shows on Aug. 7 and 8. The NBC show on Aug. 7 will air from 4-6 p.m. ET and the show on Aug. 8 will air from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET. In addition, Universal Sports will broadcast finals LIVE on August 3 (6-8:30 p.m. PT) and 4 (6 - 8 p.m. PT).
Competing for Team Bruin are Emily Andelson, Brittany Beauchan, Bianca Casciari, Lauren Hall, Yasi Jahanshahi, Kelsey Louden, Carly Lyons, Briana Meyer, Dani Milligan, Alex Sullivan, and Sam Vanden Berge.
Incoming freshmen Jesse Bergman, Cynthia Fascella, Kylie Garcia, Anna Senko and Emily Weir will also be in action in Irvine.
Ting Quah, who joined the team during the Spring quarter, will be representing Singapore at the 2010 Junior Pac Pacific Championships in Maui, HI August 26-29.
The incoming freshmen class has posted solid times prior to joining the Bruins in the fall. Below is a list of the signees and their top times.