Bruins in First Place (418.50 points) After First Day of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 28, 2003

After the first day of competition (February 27) at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, held in Federal Way, WA, the Bruins are in the lead with 418.50 points. Stanford is in second place with 409 points, followed by USC in third with 353 points. Cal is in fourth place (301) and Arizona State is fifth (239). Arizona is sixth (217), Washington is seventh (144.5), Oregon State is eighth (139) and Washington State is ninth (95).

The Bruins have received top performances from the 200 Free and 400 Medley Relay teams, which placed second and fourth, respectively. The 200 Free Relay team of Kim Vandenberg, Erica Shugart, Malin Svahnstrom and Sara Platzer finished in 1:31.18 behind Stanford (1:31.01). The 400 Medley Relay squad of Taylor Spivey, Leslie Hovsepian, Kristen Lewis and Platzer placed fourth in 3:41.94.

Individually, the Bruins have been led by Platzer, who placed second in the 50 Free in 22.66 (NCAA A standard) behind Cal's Natalie Coughlin, who set a new Pac-10 meet record of 22.05. Freshman Kim Vandenberg was sixth in the 50 Free in 23.19 (NCAA B standard). The Bruins had two top finishers in the 200 IM, Malin Svahnstrom and Brooke Winkler, who both swam lifetime bests. Svahnstrom placed third (1:59.85, NCAA A standard) and Winkler was fifth (2:02.64, NCAA B standard). In the 500 Free, Jackie Lobdell was fourth in a lifetime best 4:47.07 (NCAA B standard). In the one-meter springboard, senior Regan Gosnell finished third with 294.15 points breaking the school record of 288.85 set by Heidi Prosser.

The competition will continue Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1. For complete up-to-date results, please click on the Pac-10 Championships link.

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