Bruins Have Rough Weekend in Arizona
Nov. 19, 1997
The No. 13 UCLA women's swimming and diving team will hit the road this
weekend as it travels to Lincoln, Neb. for the Nike Sprint Classic &
Husker Shoot Out this Friday through Sunday at the University of
Nebraska's Devaney Sports Center.
Following a perfect 2-0 start with wins over the University of San Diego
and UC Santa Barbara, UCLA had a rough time this past weekend in
Arizona, dropping all three of its meets. On Friday, the Bruins took on
No. 23 Arizona State and No. 14 Florida in a double-dual meet in Tempe,
Ariz. UCLA fell to ASU 116.5-180.5 and to Florida by a very slim
149-150. The Bruins then moved on to Tucson for a dual meet against No.
4 Arizona on Saturday, falling 105-135.
1997 Nike Sprint Classic & Husker Shoot Out
On Friday, the Bruins will compete in one of the most unique events this
season in the Nike Sprint Classic. Featuring only sprint events, the
Classic is designed to give fans a special treat, while giving athletes
a rare opportunity to showcase their talent in unusual sprint races.
The Husker Shoot Out is a 21-event format meet that is designed to give
every team a chance to score points. Each team automatically puts one
swimmer in the final of each event and another in the consolation final
of the event, creating an atmosphere where each team's top swimmer in
each particular event will compete head-to-head. The winner of the meet
will be determined by a combination of depth and individual effort, thus
the term "Shoot Out."
THE 1997-98 BRUINS
UCLA is led by sophomore All-American Keiko Price and three-time
All-Americans Lindsay Etter, Jill Jenkins and Cindy Bertelink. Price and
Jenkins head up UCLA's sprint events as Price owns UCLA's top-time this
season in the 50 free (23.53) and Jenkins is atop the 100 free category
with a time of 52.84. In the middle distance and distance areas,
Bertelink has been a key factor, registering Bruin best times in the
200, 500 and 1000 freestyle. She is also UCLA's top performer in the 100
butterfly thus far. Etter has recorded her usual top times in the 100
and 200 breaststroke, bringing home first place finishes in both events
against USD and UC Santa Barbara.
Prior to its meets this past weekend, UCLA opened the season with a
188-109 non-conference home victory over the University of San Diego
back on Oct. 24. In that meet, senior All-American Jill Jenkins set the
tone for UCLA with four first-place finishes, while sophomore Keiko
Price and senior Lindsay Etter took home two events apiece. On November
7, UCLA traveled up the coast to Santa Barbara and took on UC Santa
Barbara in its second non-conference meet this season. The Bruins were
victorious 164-94, to improve to 2-0 on the year. In that meet, Etter
and Jenkins took home two events apiece in helping the Bruins take 11 of
13 total heats.
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
UCLA senior Lindsay Etter and sophomore Keiko Price enjoyed tremendous
success this past summer at the World University Games in Sicily, Italy.
Price captured a gold medal as a member of Team USA's 400 freestyle
relay team, while Etter brought home silver after competing on the U.S.
400 medley relay squad. Their experience with Team USA should help
throughout UCLA's difficult conference schedule and into post-season
competition. "(Their) involvement this past summer was extremely
beneficial," says UCLA head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "They now believe
they can compete with anyone in the world, and if they believe they can,