Bruin Swimming & Diving Heads to Texas A&M Invitational

Nov. 17, 2003

This weekend, the No. 11 ranked UCLA Bruins will compete at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, TX. The event begins Friday, November 21, and will conclude Sunday, November 23. This season, the Bruins are have an overall record of 4-1 and a conference record of 2-1.

2003 Texas A&M Fall Invitational Schedule

Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22
10 a.m.: Preliminaries
11:30 a.m.: Diving Preliminaries
1 p.m.: Diving Preliminaries
5:15 p.m.: Diving Finals
6 p.m.: Finals

Sunday, November 23
9:30 a.m.: Prelims
1 p.m.: Platform Diving
4:30 p.m.: Finals

College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll
In the second College Swim Coaches Association of America poll, released November 12, the Bruins were ranked No. 11 in the nation with 121 points. Topping the list was defending NCAA Champion Auburn with 200 points. UCLA was one of six Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-15.

Arizona State and Arizona
Last weekend, the Bruins faced the Arizona State Sundevils and Arizona Wildcats. Sophomore Kim Vandenberg led the Bruins on both days, winning the 100 and 200 Fly.

Against Arizona State, two new school records were set. In the 400 IM, junior Kim Scarborough set a new short course record of 4:49.95, breaking the previous record of 4:53.09 set by Jen Noddle in 1999. On three-meter, Paige Thompson set a new school dual meet record of 329.70, breaking the record of 314.18 set by Heidi Prosser in 2001.

2004 NCAA Qualifiers
One Bruin has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, held March 18-20, 2004 in College Station, TX, and three Bruins have provisional qualifying times.

Sophomore Kim Vandenberg has automatically qualified in the 200m Fly, swimming a season best 'A' cut time of 2:11.32.

Provisional qualifiers are Kristen Lewis (200 Fly), Katie Nelson (500 Free), Sara Platzer (50m and 200m Free), Malin Svahnstrom (200 Free), Naoko Watanabe (200m Back) and Vandenberg (100m Fly). The Bruins 200m Medley Relay team of Watanabe, Amy Thurman, Kristen Lewis and Malin Svahnstrom has also provisionally qualified.

2004 NCAA Zone E Qualifiers
Bruin divers Carly Banks, Janine Strack and Paige Thompson have qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships, March 11-13 in Oklahoma City, OK. The top finishers at the Zone meet advance to the NCAA Championships.

Returning All-Americans
The Bruins return six All-Americans from last year's NCAA team. Returning for their senior seasons are Leslie Hovsepian, Kristen Lewis, Sara Platzer and Malin Svahnstrom. Also returning are junior Lindsey Smart and freshman Kim Vandenberg.

2004 Olympic Trials Qualifiers
With the 2004 Olympics just a few months away, nine current Bruins have already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, held June 7-14, 2004.

Leading the way are seniors Cathy Coler (200m Breast), Kristen Lewis (100m/200m Fly), Jackie Lobdell (400m Free), Sara Platzer (50m Free), Naoko Watanabe (100m/200m Back) and Brooke Winkler (200m IM). Sophomore Kim Vandenberg, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, has qualified in the 100m and 200m Fly.

Rounding out the list of Bruin Olympic Trials qualifiers are freshmen Jeana Fuccillo (400m IM) and Jane Imagane (400m/800m Free).

Senior Malin Svahnstrom has qualified for the Swedish Olympic Trials.

Looking Ahead
December 4-6, the Bruins will compete at the U.S. Open (Long Course Meters) in Federal Way, WA and the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.

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