Bruin Swimming and Diving Heads to Bay Area

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 Bruins will resume Pac-10 competition this weekend, facing the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal and No. 9 California Golden Bears.

On Friday, January 31, the Bruins will face No. 4 Stanford at the deGuerre Pool in Stanford, CA at 1:00 PM. The Cardinal are currently 5-2 overall, 1-1 Pac-10. In its last meet, Stanford was led by Tara Kirk, who is undefeated collegiately in the 100 Breast, having won the event 21 straight times. Behind Kirk's effort, the Cardinal defeated No. 16 Arizona State 159-141. It was the Cardinal's 19th win in the last 21 dual meets.

In the overall series between the Bruins and Cardinal, Stanford leads the series 20-1.

Saturday, February 1, UCLA will face Cal at the Spieker Aquatics Complex at noon. The Golden Bears are currently 5-2 overall, 1-1 Pac-10. In their last meet, the Golden Bears lost to Arizona 136-107. Prior to that meet, they defeated Arizona State 166-131.

Cal leads the overall series 11-9.

NCAA Qualifiers
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 wrap up Pac-10 competition Saturday, February 15, against the USC Trojans. The meet will be held at the McDonald Swim Stadium, located on the USC campus, beginning at 1:00 PM.

The Pac-10 Championships will take place Thursday through Saturday, February 27 to March 1, in Federal Way, WA.

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