UCLA Swimming and Diving Heads to NCAA Championships
March 17, 2003
UCLA enters the 2003 NCAA Championships with a regular season record of 5-4 overall, 2-4 Pac-10. And, as the 2003 Pac-10 Champions.
In the final regular season College Swim Coaches of Association poll (2/27/03), the Bruins were ranked 12th, receiving 112 votes.
NCAA Championship Qualifiers
Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, the Bruins will compete at the NCAA Championships, held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, and hosted by Auburn University. Coach Cyndi Gallagher has 10 swimmers who have qualified for the championships. And, Coach Tom Stebbins has qualified one diver.
Below is a list of the Bruins competing at the NCAA Championships, along with the event(s) in which they will compete.
Regan Gosnell, Sr. 1m, 3m diving
Leslie Hovsepian, Jr. 100/200 Breast, 200 IM
Kristen Lewis, Jr.* 100/200 Fly
Jackie Lobdell, Jr.* 200/500/1650 Free
Sara Platzer, Jr.* 50/100/200 Free
Lindsey Smart, So. 200 Free, 200 IM
Taylor Spivey, Jr. 100/200 Back
Malin Svahnstrom, Jr.* 100/200 Free, 200 IM
Brooke Winkler, Jr. 200/400 IM, 200 Breast
Kim Vandenberg, Fr. 50 Free, 100/200 Fly
* 2002 All-Americans
2002 NCAA Championships
At the 2002 NCAA Championships, nine Bruins received All-America honors. The top performers of the meet were Elvira Fischer (200 Breast - 6th, 100 Breast - 11th), Sara Platzer (50 Free - 8th, 100 Free - 12th), Malin Svahnstrom (200 Free - 12th, 200 IM - 13th) and Kristen Lewis (200 Fly - 16th).
NCAA Zone E Championships
At the NCAA Zone E Championships, held March 13-15, in Oklahoma City, OK, senior Regan Gosnell was the Bruins' top performer. She placed fourth in the one-meter (529.70), fifth in the three-meter (479.85) and seventh on platform (368.70).
Freshman Paige Thompson placed seventh on three-meter (470.85) and 11th on one-meter (467.10). Freshman Sara Clark was ninth on platform (346.35), 15th on one-meter (450.45) and 18th on three-meter (400.45). And, freshman Amanda Blong was 11th on three-meter (400.45) and placed 19th in the prelims of the one-meter (216.90).
The Bruins won their second conference title in three years, 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 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.
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.