Bruins Claim Second At Pac-10s

Feb. 24, 2001

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- UCLA's swimming and diving team made it close but could not overtake Arizona as the Bruins scored 1, 130 points to finish second at the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Arizona claimed its second consecutive title with a score of 1, 229.50. Last season the Bruins finished fourth with a point total of 1043.

The Cats saved their best for last as they claimed the championship by taking the title in the meets final event, the 400 freestyle relay with a time 3:18.39. The victory was the only individual or relay title won by Arizona.

Leading the way for the Bruins was the tandem of Sara Platzer and Beth Goodwin. Platzer finished second in the 100 Free (49.36), while Goodwin claimed the second position in the 200 Fly (1:59.72).

UCLA was especially strong in the 200 Breast as four Bruins finished among the top ten with NCAA qualifying times. Lyndee Hovsepain was sixth (2:15.87), followed by Cathy Coler who was seventh (2:17.18), Jen Noddle placed ninth (2:15.29) and Brooke Winkler claimed the tenth position (2:17.31).

Two other Bruins finished among the top ten in their respective events, Katie Younglove swam a NCAA qualifying time of 2:01.33 in the 200 Fly to finish sixth, while freshman Naoko Watanabe clocked 2:02.34 in the 200 Back to place seventh.

In the only relay event of the evening, the Bruins finished fifth in the 400 Free Relay with a NCAA B standard time of 3:21.60.

In diving, the highest Bruins finisher was Regan Gosnell who just missed the final with a score of 381.50 to finish ninth in the platform. Anne Baghramian was tenth (375.10), Chrissie Amorosia was 11th (367.75) and Michelle Brown finished 12th (338.05).

The Bruin swimmers will have several weeks to prepare for the NCAA Championships which will be held on Mar. 15-17 in Long Island, NY. The divers will return to Federal Way to compete in the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships on Mar. 9-10.

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