Women's Swimming Conclude Competition At Speedo Cup

Dec. 13, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- The top-ranked UCLA swimming and diving team completed competition at the Speedo Cup on a high note. The Bruins sent a split squad to the three-day meet in Long Beach.

Overall the Bruins finished among the top ten in 12 of the 18 events. Leading the way for the Bruins was Naoko Watanabe, who finished third in the 200 Back with a time of 2:02.57. Freshman Leslie Hovsepain also swam superbly after finshing sixth in the 200 Breast (2:20.28) and seventh in the 100 Breast (1:05.55). Kristen Lewis was also impressive after clocking a time of 2:20.28 in the 200 Breast and finished sixth. Other notable performances included three Bruins in the 1650 Free as Beth Boehm, Erin Thomas and Emily Melina finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

UCLA also showed great production in the relays as the team of Melina, Thomas, Kristen Tinney and Boehm posted a time of 7:38.83 in the 800 Free relay to finished fourth. UCLA was just as successful in the 400 Medley Relay after the tandem of Katie Winkelhaus, Hovsepian, Lewis and Stacy Kearney touched the wall in the seventh position with a time of 3:54.99.

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