Nov. 17, 2012
LONG BEACH/HOUSTON - The UCLA swimming team completed a very successful final day at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach on Saturday, as sophomore Noelle Tarazona won the 200 Butterfly, beating an Olympic bronze medalist, and the Bruins set seven NCAA B qualifying times.
The Bruin diving squad finished up their weekend at the Phill Hansel Invite in Houston. Three divers competed in the Platform event, as sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja finished seventh with a score of 234.05. Freshman Montana Monahan was 15th (203.60) and senior Maggy Boyd was 19th (189.05).
Night three in Long Beach began with a great swim by junior Lauren Baker, as she set a personal best and an NCAA B qualifying time in the 1650 Freestyle. She was second with a time of 16:25.10, which is also the fifth-best time in UCLA history. Freshman Megan Rankin was fifth at 16:37.65.
The Bruins set two more B qualifying times in the 200 Backstroke, as senior Laurence Delisle set a season best and won the consolation final with a mark of 1:57.82. Freshman Katie Kinnear was second in that consolation, but also hit the B standard with a time of 1:59.17.
In the 100 Freestyle, junior Ting Quah hit a B time with a fourth-place finish in the championship final, swimming a season-best mark of 49.76. Juniors Kathryn Murphy (50.10) and Cynthia Fascella (50.19) also had season bests, while sophomore Jessica Khojasteh set a career best in the prelims (51.49), but skipped the final to rest up for the 200 Breaststroke.
The rest did Khojasteh well, as she won the consolation final and set a personal best with a time of 2:16.49, shaving nearly three seconds off her preliminary mark in the morning. Junior Emily Weir had a season best with a time of 2:18.65, while sophomore Taylor Carlson had a career best swim of 2:21.72 in the morning.
The highlight of the three-day meet for the Bruins came in the 200 Butterfly championship final. With a time of 1:56.16, Tarazona not only won the race, qualified for the B standard and set a season best, but she also defeated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz of California. Sophomore Kacey Milligan (2:00.66), senior Rachel Godfred (2:02.78), Rankin (2:03.24) and freshman Madison Applegate (2:04.36) also set season bests.
The night ended with a pair of B standards in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The quartet of Murphy, Fascella, Delisle and Quah finished second in a time of 3:19.13. The team qualified for the B standard, as did the leadoff leg of Murphy (49.86).