Women's Swimming And Diving Wins Texas Invitational
Dec. 4, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA swimming and diving team won its second invitational of the season after posting 553.50 points to win the Texas Invitational. Stanford finished second with 529.50 while the invitational's host, Texas, finished third with 501.50. Arizona was fourth with 495.50 and Wisconsin finished fifth with 398.50 points.
After the second day of competiton,the Bruins were in third place with a score of 349.50 and trailed Stanford and Texas who scored 370.50 and 354.50, respectively. UCLA put together a strong performance in the final day of events to win the meet despite not winning any individual events or relays. However, UCLA finished among the top five in nine individual events and three relays.
Senior Beth Goodwin led the way for UCLA after posting a pair of third place finishes and NCAA qualifying times in the 100 Fly (53.43) and 200 Fly (1:58.14). She also swam a leg on both the 400 Free Relay (4th, 3:23.99) and 200 Medley Relay (3rd, 1:42.09) Freshman Sara Platzer continued to lead the Bruins in the sprints after finishing third in the 50 Free (22.90) and the 100 Free (49.54). Both times met the NCAA qualifying standard. Platzer also finished seventh in the 200 Free with a time of 1:49.33. Lyndee Hovsepian also had a great showing in Texas as she qualified for the NCAAs with a third place finish in the 200 Breast (2:15.20) and a sixth place finish in the 100 Breast (1:03.49). Erin Zehntner also swam well as she clocked an NCAA qualifying time of 16:48.36 in the 1650 Free to place sixth.
The Bruins were just as strong in the diving as freshman Michelle Brown was the top Bruin finisher in the one-meter event with a score of 250.20 to finish fifth. Senior Anne Baghramian finished sixth with a score of 237.90. Regan Gosnell continued to impress after finishing fourth in the three-meter with a score of 492.70. In the Bruins first competition of the season on the platform, Baghramian posted a score of 370.50 for a fourth place finish, while Gosnell placed sixth with a score of 337.90.