Bruin Swimming Wins Husky Invitational

Dec. 10, 2002

In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, UCLA (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) is ranked No. 14 in the nation (tied with Maryland).

The Bruins will return to action January 18, hosting UC San Diego at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

UCLA won the 55th annual Husky Invitational women's division for the second consecutive year. The Bruins had six individual championships, including three Bruins, Malin Svahnstrom, Sara Platzer and Kim Vandenberg, with NCAA automatic qualifying times.

Svahnstrom won the 200 IM in an NCAA automatic time of 1:59.58, breaking the meet record that she set last year (2:01.37). She also won the 200 Free in 1:48.36. Platzer won the 100 Free in49.51, an NCAA automatic time, and placed second in the 50 Free (23.03). Freshman Kim Vandenberg captured the 200 Fly in an NCAA automatic time of 1:58.46.

Other Bruin winners were Brooke Winkler (400 IM - 4:20.84), Kristen Lewis (100 Fly - 54.20) and Taylor Spivey (100 Back - 55.39, 200 Back - 1:59.00).

This past weekend, the Bruin divers competed at the Auburn Invitational. Senior Regan Gosnell led the Bruins, placing second in both the three-meter (459.38) and platform (399.68). Freshman Paige Thompson placed third on one-meter (261.60).

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 next Bruin home meet will be Saturday, January 18, at noon. UCLA will host the UC San Diego Tritons.

All Bruin home meets are held at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center located on the UCLA campus.

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