UCLA Swimming and Diving Takes Break Before Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 18, 2003

In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll (as of Feb. 13), UCLA (5-4, 2-4 Pac-10) is ranked No. 12 in the nation.

In the final meet of the regular season, the Bruins lost to cross-town rival USC 162-138. UCLA ends the season with an overall record of 5-4 and a conference record of 2-4.

Top performers for the Bruins were junior Sara Platzer, who won the 50 Free (23.45) and tied for first in the 100 Free (51.26) with teammate Kim Vandenberg. Also victorious for the Bruins were Taylor Spivey (100 Back, 55.81) and Brooke Winkler (200 Breast, 2:16.15). Platzer, Vandenberg, Erica Shugart and Malin Svahnstrom led the Bruin 200 Free Relay to victory, finishing in 1:33.57.

Coach Cyndi Gallagher has had four Bruins swim qualifying times for the NCAA Championships (March 20-22). In addition to the automatic qualifiers, 11 individuals and two relay squads have provisionally qualified. Listed below are the Bruins' NCAA qualifiers.

A (automatic) Qualifiers:
Kristen Lewis - 200 Fly
Sara Platzer - 50 and 100 Free
Malin Svahnstrom - 200 IM
Kim Vandenberg - 200 Fly

B (provisional) Qualifiers:
Cathy Coler - 200 Breast
Krista Daley - 200 Fly
Kristen Lewis - 100 Fly
Jackie Lobdell - 500 and 1650 Free
Sara Platzer - 200 Free
Erica Shugart - 50 Free
Taylor Spivey - 100 and 200 Back
Malin Svahnstrom - 100 and 200 Free
Kim Vandenberg - 50 Free and 100 Fly
Naoko Watanabe - 100 and 200 Back
Brooke Winkler - 200 and 400 IM
200 Free Relay - Platzer, Vandenberg, Shugart, Svahnstrom
400 Free Relay and 800 Free Relay

Amanda Blong, Sara Clark, Regan Gosnell, Heidi Prosser, Janine Strack and Paige Thompson.

During the fall signing period, three recruits signed National Letters of Intent to join the Bruins.

Jeana Fuccillo (Lebanon, IL/Althoff Catholic HS), Katie Nelson (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Peninsula HS) and Amy Thurman (Orinda, CA/Miramonte HS) will enter as true freshman in fall 2003.

The Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Cal, will take place Thursday through Saturday, February 27 to March 1, in Federal Way, WA.

The NCAA Championships will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, in Auburn, AL.

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