UCLA Swimming and Diving Wins Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2003

UCLA will enter the 2003 NCAA Championships with a regular season record of 5-4 overall, 2-4 Pac-10. And, as the 2003 Pac-10 Champions.

The Bruins won their second conference title in three years, on Saturday (March 1), scoring 1,399 points for the victory. Runner-up Stanford scored 1,308 points and third-place USC tallied 1,138 points. UCLA is just one of three schools, Arizona and Stanford are the other two, to win the Pac-10 title.

The Bruins were led by junior Sara Platzer throughout the three-day competition. Individually, Platzer swam NCAA 'A' qualifying times in the 50 and 100 Free, placing second in the 50 Free (22.26) and third in the 100 Free (49.28). She also placed eighth in the 200 Free (1:51.68) while anchoring UCLA's 200 Free, 400 Free and 400 Medley Relays, which placed second (1:31.18), third (3:20.49) and fourth (3:41.94), respectively. Platzer also swam the third leg of the Bruins' 800 Free Relay, which placed fourth in 7:18.08.

UCLA received other strong performances from freshman Kim Vandenberg and juniors Malin Svahnstrom and Brooke Winkler. Vandenberg placed second in the 200 Fly (1:55.98), fourth in the 100 Fly (53.49) and sixth in the 50 Free (23.19). Vandenberg also swam the first legs of the Bruins' 200 Free, 400 Free and 800 Free Relay teams. Svahnstrom swam a lifetime best 1:59.85, placing third in the 200 IM, placed fourth in the 200 Free (1:48.56) and sixth in the 100 Free (50.03). Svahnstrom was also a significant member of the Bruin relays, swimming the third leg of the 200 and 400 Free Relays and anchoring the 800 Free Relay. Winkler placed fourth in the 400 IM in 4:18.04 and placed fifth in the 200 IM in a lifetime best of 2:02.64.

Senior Regan Gosnell was the top Bruin diver at the Pac-10 Championships. She placed third on the one-meter springboard, setting a new school record of 294.15 points (previous record held by Heidi Prosser, 288.85 points). Gosnell also placed third on platform (443.95 points) and fifth on three-meter springboard (488.15 points).

The title is UCLA's second women's swimming and diving Pac-10 Title. Both titles (2001, 2003) have been won under the guidance of head swimming coach Cyndi Gallagher and head diving coach Tom Stebbins.

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 NCAA Championships will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, in Auburn, AL.

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