LOS ANGELES - In the final home meet of their collegiate careers, seniors Lauren Baker and Ting Quah each set Spieker Aquatics Center pool records, as 16th-ranked UCLA fell to #2 USC 165-135 on Monday. In addition, two Bruin school records fell in the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays. A total of 12 pool records were set during the meet.
On a day which saw the last dual meet for nine seniors, Baker, Quah, Jesse Bergman, Paulina Guzman, Hayley Hacker, Haley McNamara, Kathryn Murphy, Anna Senko and Emily Weir, UCLA won five events, including three by seniors.
The day began with 1- and 3-Meter diving, with Guzman claiming first-place honors in the 1-Meter with a six-dive score of 276.30, which was a season best. Freshman Annika Lenz was third (271.65), followed by McNamara (239.85) in fifth and sophomore Montana Monahan (219.45) in seventh.
USC won the 3-Meter, with Lenz placing third with a total of 293.55. Guzman was fourth (277.28), Monahan sixth (season-best 247.20) and McNamara eighth (225.00).
The swimming portion started with the 1000 Freestyle. Three different swimmers broke the pool record, but it was Baker who came in first with a time of 9:42.97. Sophomore Katy Campbell gave the Bruins a 1-2 finish with a career-best 9:46.23, which was the fourth-fastest time in UCLA history.
USC won the 200 Medley Relay, but the UCLA 'A' squad of freshman Linnea Mack, junior Jessica Khojasteh, sophomore Katie Kinnear and Murphy swam a 1:38.38, which broke the school record set earlier this season in Texas and improved their NCAA B qualifying time. The 'B' foursome of freshman Madison White, juniors Taylor Carlson and Noelle Tarazona and Bergman were third (1:40.66).
Quah gave the Bruins their third victory of the meet and their second pool record of the afternoon in the 200 Free, swimming a 1:46.11. Junior Monica Dornick made an NCAA B qualifying time with a personal-best 1:47.71 to finish third, while junior Ally Loper was fourth (1:48.58).
Mack made it back-to-back wins in the 100 Backstroke, swimming a 54.02 and leading a 1-2 freshmen finish, as White had a 54.04. USC won the 100 Breaststroke. Khojasteh (season-best 1:02.11) and freshman Ashley Tse (season-best 1:02.95) earned the Bruins points in that event, finishing second and fourth, respectively.
UCLA got back in the win column in the 200 Butterfly with a 1-2 finish, as Tarazona had a 1:56.50 to take the race. Senko was second with a 1:56.85, which was a career high for the senior, an improvement on her NCAA B qualifying time and also the seventh-best time in school history. Kinnear placed fourth with a season-best 1:57.70, also improving on her NCAA B time.
The Trojans won the 50 Free, but a 2-3-5 finish for the Bruins gave them an 88-62 lead out of the first break. Murphy was second in the 50 Free with a season-best 22.61 to improve her NCAA B time. Mack was third (22.76) and Dornick fifth (season-best 23.12).
USC however would win the last seven races to pull away in the dual meet score. In the 100 Free, the Bruins finished 3-4-5, with Quah (49.44), Murphy (49.70) and Dornick (49.86). Quah set a season best and improved her NCAA B time, while Dornick had a career time to set an NCAA B mark.
White was the top finisher in the 200 Back with a second-place time of 1:56.22. Senko was fifth, improving her NCAA B time with a 1:57.60. In the 200 Breast, Khojasteh (2:14.65) and Tse (2:14.77) finished 3-4. Khojasteh improved her NCAA B time, while Tse qualified for the B standard.
The Bruins placed 3-4-5 in the 500 Free, with junior Kacey Milligan (career-best 4:49.28), Baker (4:49.57) and Campbell (4:49.81). In the 100 Fly, UCLA had a 2-3 showing, as Quah swam a 53.11 and Kinnear posted a 53.31.
Out of the second break, Senko led a 2-4-5 finish for the Bruins in the 200 Individual Medley with a season-best time of 1:59.70 to improve her NCAA B qualifying time. Tarazona was fourth (2:01.77), followed by Tse (2:02.68).
In the final race of the meet, USC won the 200 Free Relay, but UCLA set a school record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. The foursome of Quah, Mack, Murphy and Dornick had a time of 1:29.36, which broke the school mark set last season and put them into next month's NCAA's. The quartet of Khojasteh, Kinnear, Carlson and Bergman finished third (1:32.90).
The Bruins finish their dual meet season with an 8-4 record (5-4 Pac-12) and now await the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Federal Way, Wash., which runs from Feb. 26-March 2.