Bruin Swim & Dive Still Stand in Third After Day 3 of Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 24, 2006
The UCLA swim and dive team continues to stand in third-place after the third day of competition at the Pac-10 Swim and Dive Championships in Federal Way, WA and Long Beach, CA. Arizona still stands in first-place with 889 points, while Stanford is second, only five points ahead of the Bruins, with 842 points.
Senior Kim Vandenberg led the Bruins as she earned All-Conference honors with her third-place finish in the 100 Fly for the second consecutive year. Her time of 53.68 was a season-best and automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Vandenberg also placed fifth in the 200 Free with another season-best, swimming 1:47.19, an NCAA 'B' time.
In the 100 Breaststroke, two Bruins made the Championship Final - senior Eileen Seissen and sophomore Nicolette Teo. Both Seissen (1:02.22) and Teo (1:02.33) swam season-best times, improving on their NCAA 'B' times to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.
Junior Katie Arnold, the 100 Back co-champion from 2005, did not advance to the championship final and finished ninth overall. However, she did swim a season-best and NCAA automatic time of 53.99 in the A Console.
The 400 Medley Relay team of Arnold, Seissen, Vandenberg and freshman Anna Poteete swam a season-best 3:41.99 to finish fifth overall.
Up in Federal Way, WA, the divers had another solid showing as two Bruins competed in the finals on 3M - senior Paige Thompson and junior Sara Clark. Clark, who had finished fourth on 1M on Thursday, placed fourth on the 3M board, scoring a season-best 318.85 points. Thompson finished sixth on 3M with a score of 293.90, while freshman Marisa Samaniego just missed the finals, finishing ninth overall with a score of 273.00. Freshmen Brittany Hill placed 13th (256.05), Tess Schofield was 15th (251.90) and Gina Nuti was 24th (178.75) as the divers added 97 points to UCLA's third-place total.
The Pac-10 Championships conclude on Saturday with the 1650 Freestyle, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly and 400 Free Relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 am and final start at 6:00 pm.