Swimming and Diving Loses Nail-Biter to Arizona
Nov. 20, 2004
LOS ANGELES -
NOTE REGARDING RESULTS: The timing system failed during the 200 Backstroke. Times were inputted strictly to reflect the order of finish as determined by meet officials.
In a dual meet that was not decided until the last race of the day, the Arizona Wildcats edged the UCLA women's swimming and diving team, 149-148, in Westwood on Saturday afternoon. The Bruin divers did their part with Amanda Blong winning both boards, while UCLA won six of the 14 swimming events on the day.
An early turning point in the meet occurred in the second event of the day, as Arizona's swimmers started the race in each other's lanes, forcing their disqualification from that event, and giving UCLA a 16-0 scoring advantage in that event. Despite trailing 13-4 after the opening relay, the Bruins took a 20-13 advantage out of the 1000 Free, and carried that through the 200 Free and into the 100 back, when the first of three lead changes on the day came into play.
After the one-meter diving competition concluded, the Bruins trailed by just three points after eight events, and cut the Arizona lead to two point after Kim Vandenberg won the event for UCLA with a time of 50.61.
Arizona took its lead back up to 10 points in the 200 back, finishing first and second, then taking the nine points for first place in the 200 breast. However, the Bruins came back in the 500 free to finish first, third and fourth and close the gap in the team score to 112-111 with Arizona leading.
UCLA's momentum continued into the 100 fly, with Vanenberg again taking the event title and pushing UCLA ahead in the team score by a 123-119 margin. Bruin divers extended that lead, finishing first, second and fifth in the three meter competition and giving UCLA a 137-124 lead after 14 events.
Arizona's Whitney Myers won the 200 IM in a time of 2:03.03. With UCLA finishing second, third and fourth, the Wildcats gained just one point in the team score, setting up a critical final relay with the Bruins taking a 146-134 lead into the last event. In that final relay, the Wildcats finished first and second in the event, sealing the dual meet victory with a score of 149-148.
The UCLA swimmers return to action Dec. 2-5 at the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash., while the Bruin divers will next compete at the Texas Invitational, Dec. 2-4 in Austin, Texas.