Feb. 26, 2011
The theme of record-breaking swims continued for the Bruins on Saturday as the 2011 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close in Federal Way, WA. After already seeing records fall in the 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 IM and 400 IM, the Bruins tacked on three more records on Saturday with Cynthia Fascella in the 100 freestyle and with the 400 freestyle relay.
During the final day of competition, the Bruins posted 12 new or improved NCAA qualifiers, 19 season-bests and 10 lifetime-best swims. The Bruins finished fourth overall with 1099.5 points, there highest point total since 2006 when they placed second with 1246.5 points. This year's conference meet marked UCLA's highest team finish since the 2008 season.
Fascella, who set freshman class records in the 50 and 100 free two weeks ago against USC, set a new school and frosh record in the 100 free during the prelim heats. Her time of 49.01 broke the previous school record, 49.23, set in 2008 by Anna Poteete. That time improved on her NCAA mark as well. In the final, Fascella finished eighth overall in a time of 49.28.
Fascella then swam the leadoff leg (49.28 split) on the 400 free relay which broke the school record set back in 2004 (3:19.72). Fascella, freshman Kathryn Murphy (49.74 split) and seniors Alex Sullivan (50.11 split) and Lauren Hall (49.66 split) finished fifth with an improved NCAA qualifying time of 3:18.79. That mark was over four seconds faster then this season's previous best time.
Murphy was also 16th in the B final of the 100 free (50.45). In the C final of the 50, Sullivan swam a lifetime-best of 50.50 for 18th and freshman Ting Quah was 23rd (50.82).
In the 1650 freestyle, senior Sam Vanden Berge led the way with a fourth-place swim. Her time of 16:13.77 was a season-best and improved NCAA mark. Her fourth-place showing was also the highest conference finish during her career. Freshman Lauren Baker was 11th (16:37.74), senior Dani Milligan was 12th (16:41.41) and sophomore Rachel Godfred finished 17th (16:54.94).
The 200 back was led by freshman Anna Senko who finished eighth overall (1:58.52). During the prelim heats, Senko swam a lifetime-best and improved NCAA time of 1:55.94. That mark ranks third all-time in school history. Junior Emily Andelson was 11th in the B final as she swam the No. 7 time in school history (1:56.64). That time was a lifetime-best and NCAA qualifier. Sophomore Laurence Delisle was 12th (1:57.41). She swam a season-best and improved NCAA cut time of 1:56.80 in the prelims. Sophomore Andrea Reigel also swam a season-best and improved NCAA time of 1:57.57 in the prelims. She finished 16th in the final with a time of 1:58.55. In the C final, freshman Jesse Bergman was 21st (1:58.88) and junior Annie Stefanec was 23rd (1:59.90). Both women swam lifetime-best and NCAA qualifiers in the prelim round with Bergman touching in 1:58.73 and Stefanec finishing in 1:57.45.
Senior Brittany Beauchan was the top finisher for UCLA in the 200 breast as she was fourth overall (2:11.10). Hall won the B final as she swam the No. 2 time in school history. Her mark of 2:10.15 was a lifetime-best and NCAA automatic qualifier. Junior Kelsey Louden rounded out the Bruins competing in the finals as she placed 20th in the C final (2:18.50).
UCLA had two Bruins in the A final of the 200 fly as juniors Yasi Jahanshahi (1:56.94) and Bianca Casciari (1:56.99) finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Casciari's time was a season-best and improved NCAA qualifier. In the B final, sophomore Karoline Sanderud was 16th (2:01.30). Sophomore Stephanie Christofferson was 19th (2:00.17) in the C final, while Rachel Godfred was 22nd (2:02.58).
Senior Laura Winn was the top finisher for UCLA on tower as she placed third overall (269.20). Today's finish was the second time she had finished third at the conference meet. She was the runner-up in 2009.
The swimmers will now wait to see who will receive a bid to the NCAA Championships, held March 17-19 in Austin, TX. The divers will head to Minneapolis, MN March 10-12 for the NCAA Zone E Championships as they use that meet to qualify for NCAAs. Three divers will compete in Minnesota - Laura Winn and freshmen Paulina Guzman and Haley McNamara.