Bruin Swimming Takes Week Off Before Resuming Pac-10 Competition.

Jan. 22, 2003

In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll (as of Jan. 16), UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) is ranked No. 13 in the nation.

The Bruin swimmers will take a week off before returning to Pac-10 competition. UCLA will face Stanford on January 31st and Cal on February 1st.

Coach Cyndi Gallagher's Bruins defeated the UC San Diego Tritons on Saturday, 139-94. UCLA has an overall undefeated record of 9-0 against the Tritons.

In Saturday's meet, the Bruins were triumphant in all 14 events. Junior Brooke Winkler led the Bruins as the only two-event winner (200 Breast, 200 IM) on the day.

At the annual Bruin Invitational, the UCLA divers had strong performances in the one-meter, three-meter and platform events. Senior Regan Gosnell placed second in both the three-meter and platform. And, freshman Paige Thompson placed second on one-meter.

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 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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