FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Junior Noelle Tarazona and sophomore Katy Campbell each made the awards podium on the final day of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships. Tarazona finished second in the 200 Butterfly, while Campbell was third in the 1650 Freestyle on Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Pac-12 Networks will air coverage of the Championships on Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m.
The final day of the Championships began with the Platform diving event. Freshman Annika Lenz was fourth following her five dives with a total of 271.35 to advance to the evening final. Sophomore Montana Monahan was 12th (208.05), followed by senior Paulina Guzman (15th, 200.70), senior Haley McNamara (24th, 180.25) and freshman Danni Repper (25th, 176.15).
The swimming preliminaries started with the 200 Backstroke. Three Bruins made the evening finals, as freshman Madison White was seventh (1:56.14) to reach the Championship Final. Senior Anna Senko made the B Final (15th, 1:57.99), while senior Jesse Bergman advanced to the C race (22nd, 2:00.41).
In the 100 Freestyle, three more Bruins reached the evening finals. Senior Kathryn Murphy made the B Final with a 49.62 (15th), while senior Ting Quah (19th, 49.82) and freshman Linnea Mack (23rd, 50.27) advanced to the C Final.
Once again, three more Bruins made the evening session in the 200 Breaststroke. Junior Jessica Khojasteh was 14th with a time of 2:15.34 to make the B race. Advancing to the C Final were freshmen Ashley Tse (21st, 2:18.31) and Maggie Burton (23rd, season-best 2:18.93).
Five Bruins made the finals in the 200 Butterfly, as Tarazona recorded the top time in the morning with a 1:55.69. It was a season best for the junior and improved her NCAA ‘B’ qualifying mark. A trio of Bruins reached the B race. Junior Kacey Milligan had a career-best 1:58.57 (12th overall) to set an NCAA ‘B’ time, sophomore Katie Kinnear was 13th (1:59.00) and Senko was 15th (1:59.82). Sophomore Arlyn Upshaw placed 20th in the morning with a 2:01.80 to make the C Final.
The 1650 Free began the evening session, as the Bruins earned their first trip to the awards podium. Campbell swam a career-best 16:05.95 to finish third. It improved her NCAA ‘B’ time and improved her fourth-place position on UCLA’s all-time list in the event. Senior Lauren Baker was fifth with a 16:14.67, while freshman Michaela Merlihan finished 18th (17:02.61).
In the finals of the 200 Back, White had a career-best time of 1:55.30 to place seventh overall. It improved her NCAA ‘B’ time and moved her up to second on UCLA’s all-time list in the event. Senko was 16th overall (1:59.47) and Bergman 24th (2:01.67).
In the 100 Free, Murphy had a 49.34 in the B race to finish 15th overall. Mack won the C Final (17th overall) with a career-best 49.21, which improved her NCAA ‘B’ mark and moved her to sixth all-time at UCLA. Quah was third in the C race, 19th overall, with a 49.58.
In the 200 Breast, Khojasteh was fourth in the B Final and 12th overall with a season-best 2:14.45 to improve her NCAA ‘B’ time. Tse (19th, 2:15.61) and Burton (23rd, 2:21.22) took part in the C race.
In the 200 Fly, the Bruins had their second swimmer reach the awards podium, as Tarazona placed second with a 1:54.80. The career-best swim improved her NCAA ‘B’ time and put her in second on UCLA’s all-time list for the 200 Fly. In the B race, Kinnear and Milligan dead-heated with a 1:58.78 to finish 13th overall, while Senko had a 2:02.63 (16th). Upshaw was fourth in the C race (20th overall) with a 2:01.27.
In the penultimate event of the Championships, Lenz was sixth in the Platform final, recording a 256.20 in her five dives. In the last race of the Championships, the Bruins finished fifth in the 400 Free Relay, as Murphy, Quah, Mack and Tarazona swam a 3:18.07.
The Bruins finished fourth with a team point total of 936.5.
Next up for the Bruins are the Zone E Diving meet, March 13-15 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The NCAA Championships run from March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.