Bruins Host UC San Diego in Final Home Meet of '03

Jan. 13, 2003

In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll (as of Dec. 10), UCLA (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) is ranked No. 13 in the nation.

The Bruin swimmers return to action this Saturday, January 18, against the UC San Diego Tritons.

UC San Diego
This weekend, Coach Cyndi Gallagher's Bruins will host the UC San Diego Tritons (2-1) at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. In last year's meeting, the Bruins defeated the Tritons 179-83. UCLA has an overall 8-0 against the Tritons.

Bruin Invitational
Coach Tom Stebbins' Bruin diving squad will host the annual Bruin Invitational at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Among the schools competing at this year's Invitational will be Stanford, Fresno State and Northern Arizona.

NCAA Qualifiers
As of December 10, 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.

National Letters of Intent
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.

Upcoming Meets
The Bruins will return to Pac-10 competition January 31st, facing the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, CA, and facing the California Golden Bears February 1st in Berkeley, CA.

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