Spieker Aquatics Center will be a busy place this weekend, as UCLA hosts the Bruin Diving Invitational Friday through Sunday and a meet with Pac-12 foe Utah on Saturday, which will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Admission for all events is free of charge.
A total of 45 female divers and 13 male divers from 10 schools will descend upon Spieker Aquatics Center starting on Friday. Along with the Bruins, Pac-12 rivals California, USC and Utah, as well as Boise State, Cal Poly, Fresno State, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and Wisconsin will compete in the three-day event.
The Women's 1-Meter and Men's 3-Meter events kick off the competition on Friday at 11 a.m. Following the first six preliminary dives, the field will be cut to the Top 18 for the finals on the women's side, while the entire men's field will advance to the finals. The Invitational continues on Saturday with the Women's 3-Meter and Men's 1-Meter prelims starting at 11 a.m. and the finals right after that. On Sunday, the Women's and Men's Platform will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Top 12 after the preliminary five dives will advance to the finals.
Seniors Paulina Guzman and Haley McNamara, sophomore Montana Monahan and freshmen Annika Lenz and Danni Repper will compete in the 1- and 3-Meter events. Lenz, Monahan and Repper will also dive in the Platform on Sunday. The Bruin divers have not competed since the Wildcat Diving Invitational (Nov. 22-24) in Tucson.
Lenz was named the Pac-12 Diver of the Month for November, winning each of her first four collegiate events, the 1- (season-best 282.00) and 3-Meter events in a meet with UCSB and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 1) and a road contest at Arizona (Nov. 8). She added Top Three finishes two more times in November with a third-place finish in the 1-Meter at Arizona State and a third-place showing in the 3-Meter (season-best 298.60) at the Wildcat Invite. Guzman also reached a pair of finals at the Wildcat Invitational with a fourth-place showing in the 3-Meter and a sixth-place finish in the 1-Meter.
In addition to the Invitational diving on Saturday, the Bruins will host Utah in an 11 a.m. swimming and diving meet. The meet will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with Rich Burk and six-time Olympic Gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen at the call.
The Bruins (5-1) were ranked 16th in the most recent CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) poll on Dec. 10, while Utah (4-1, swims at USC on Friday) was ranked at 22nd.
Saturday's swimming portion of the meet will begin early at 10:40 a.m. with the 1000 Freestyle, which will be aired on television during one of the breaks of the meet. The 200 Medley Relay will begin the TV portion of the meet, followed by the 200 Free, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly and 50 Free.
Following the first break, the swimming continues with the 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free and 100 Fly. After the second break, the swimming concludes with the 400 Individual Medley and the 400 Free Relay. The preliminary scores from Friday's 1-Meter diving and Saturday's 3-Meter will also be included in the dual meet score.
The swimming squad has been off since traveling to the Texas Invitational (Dec. 5-7) in Austin. It was a record-breaking meet for the Bruins, which saw three school records fall, nine individual swims crack the UCLA Top 8 and 31 NCAA 'B' qualifying times.
The swimmer of the meet was freshman Linnea Mack, who set a school record in the 100 Back and was also a part of the UCLA records in the 200 Medley and 400 Free Relays. Mack also set four NCAA 'B' qualifying times and moved into third in UCLA history in the 50 Free (22.48), seventh in the 100 Free (49.59) and briefly eighth in the 100 Fly (53.31) until she was supplanted by junior teammate Noelle Tarazona.
Five other Bruins had at least three NCAA 'B' marks in Austin. Senior Ting Quah posted five in the 50, 100 and 200 Free and 100 and 200 Fly, Tarazona had four (100 and 200 Fly and 200 and 400 IM) and seniors Lauren Baker (500 and 1650 Free and 400 IM) and Kathryn Murphy (50, 100 and 200 Free) and sophomore Katie Kinnear (100 Back and 100 and 200 Fly) each had three 'B' times.
Other Bruins to reach the UCLA Top 8 at the Texas Invite were Kinnear (100 Fly, 5th, 53.02), Tarazona (100 Fly, 8th, 53.24), sophomore Katy Campbell (1650 Free, 4th, 16:19.17) and freshman Madison White (100 Back, 4th, 53.43 and 200 Back, 4th, 1:55.68).
The Bruins are 5-1 in dual meets this season, winning on the road in their most recent dual at then-#22 Arizona State (183-113) on Nov. 9 and at San Diego (184.5-101.5) on Oct. 19, as well as a home quad meet win with Oregon State (179-77), UCSB (198-99) and FGCU (201-98) on Nov. 1. UCLA's lone loss was at then-#11 Arizona (151-149) on Nov. 8.
Quah has won eight individual events this season in dual meets (three vs. OSU/UCSB/FGCU, two at USD, one at UA, two at ASU). Tarazona (two at USD, one at UA, two at ASU) and White (two vs. OSU/UCSB/FGCU, one at UA, two at ASU) each have five dual meet victories and Mack has three (two at USD, one at ASU).