Bruins Swim and Dive Finish Fourth at Purdue Invitational

Nov. 6, 2004

Cyndi Gallagher's UCLA Bruins finished fourth with 488 points at the Purdue Invitational on Saturday. The meet was won by Florida (748 pts.) with Texas A&M (584 pts.) and Texas (573 pts.) finishing second and third respecitvely.

Juniors Kim Vandenberg and Paige Thompson picked up individual victories on Saturday. Vandenberg was a double event winner with first place finishes in the 100 Butterfly (54.10) and 200 Butterfly (1:55.69), while Thompson won the three-meter diving competition (487.00 pts.).

The Bruin divers had an exceptional showing at the Purdue Invitational, as juniors Thompson, Amanda Blong, and senior Janine Strack each pick up their NCAA Zone qualifier marks. Blong finished fourth in the three-meter (427.70), while Strack just missed a Platform title, finishing second with 376.85 points.

'I'm so proud of these three divers and it was a great way to start our season off,' said Head Diving Coach Tom Stebbins. 'I'm encouraged with the performances and although we made some errors in our dives as the season progresses, we will only get better.'

Vandenberg, along with her Bruin teammates also had a solid showing in the pool. In all, 12 women finished in the top-10 in their events. Sophomroe Katie Arnold placed third in the 100 Backstroke in 55.89, while senior Kim Scarborough (4:22.7) and freshman Chiemi Yamamoto (4:22.77) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 400 IM. Sophomore Katie Nelson was sixth in the 200 Freestyle (1:50.74) and seventh in the 1650 Freestyle (16:41.01). Sophomore Jane Imagane finished just ahead of Nelson with a sixth place finish in the 1650 Free (16:40.75). Yamamoto and sophomore Jeana Fuccillo tied for ninth in the 200 Breast (2:20.46), while freshman Shannon Hackett was seventh in the 200 Butterfly (2:03.97).

The relay teams also showed well in Indiana with the 200 Medley team (Arnold, Eileen Seissen, Vandenberg, and Amy Thurman) placing third (1:44.19) and the 800 Free relay team (Vandenberg, Nelson, Imagane, Hackett) also picking up third. In the final event of the invitational, the 400 Free relay team of Vandenberg, Thurman, Arnold, and Hackett were 10th in 3:29.59).

The UCLA swimming and diving team will next head to the University of San Diego on Friday, Nov. 12 for a dual meet and will return for a two meet homestead on Friday, Nov. 19 against Arizona State and Saturday, Nov. 20 against Arizona.