Swim and Dive Finishes Fourth at Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 26, 2005

The No. 11 UCLA swim and dive team finished fourth (986 points) at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, WA on Saturday. Stanford won the conference title with 1,499 points, followed by Arizona in second (1,237 points) and California in third (1,088 points). Junior Kim Vandenberg broke her own school record in the 200 Fly (1:54.99) to finish second overall.

Vandenberg, swimming in her best event, the 200 Butterfly, narrowly missed a Pac-10 title as she was edged out by Stanford's Dana Kirk by .10 seconds, as she swam 1:54.99. Her time was an 'A' qualifier for the NCAA Championships and broke her own school record set last year (old record-1:55.13).

Sophomores Katie Arnold and Katie Nelson both placed in the top-five of their respective events on Saturday. Arnold swam an NCAA 'A' time of 1:57.16 to finish third in the 200 Backstroke, while Nelson finished fourth in the 1650 Freestyle in a time of 16:29.83. Freshman Nicolette Teo placed sixth in the 200 Breaststroke in a time of 2:16.13, while junior Shellene Catalano finished eighth in a time of 2:17.01.

The 400 Free Relay team of Kendall Butler, Lindsey Smart, Katherine Wong and Nelson finished ninth in a time of 3:28.42.

The Bruins have automatically qualified two swimmers to the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Purdue March 17-19: Kim Vandenberg (100 and 200 Fly) and Katie Arnold (100 and 200 Back). UCLA will remain in Federal Way, WA on Sunday for the Pac-10 Invitational before heading home to prepare for the NCAA Championships.