No. 14 USC Falls to Rival No. 16 UCLA In Final Dual Meet of the Season
Feb. 3, 2007
Despite personal bests from many of the Trojan swimmers, the No. 14 USC women's swimming and diving team fell to rival UCLA, 148-152, in the final dual-meet of the season at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday (Feb. 3).
USC finished the regular season 5-4, 3-4 in the Pac-10 while UCLA finished 7-3, 3-3. USC now leads the series vs. UCLA, 16-15. It was only the Bruins' third win against the Trojans in the past 14 meetings.
With UCLA's win, the Bruins now hold a 40-12.5 lead in the Lexus Gauntlet season-long competition between the two schools in all sports. Points are awarded to the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy is awarded to the school with the most points at year's end.
Senior and Co-captain Kristina Sieper was honored at today's swim meet with flowers and gifts from her teammates to celebrate her last dual meet as a Trojan. Sieper attained personal bests in the 100y breast (1:01.85) and the 200y breast (2:16.02).
Houston continued to have success by winning the 200y breast with a 2:13.27 moving her up to 7th in the country and posting an NCAA qualifying time.
USC and UCLA alternated control of the score throughout the entire meet and before the last two events, the cross-town rivals were tied 132-132.
Although Houston finished first in the 400y IM with a 2:13.69, her strong performance would not be enough to beat the Bruins. In the next and final event, the 200y free relay, UCLA finished first winning the meet.
Next up for the Trojans is the 2007 Pac-10 Diving Championships, Feb. 9-11, in Federal Way, Wash. The Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships are set for Feb. 14-17 in Long Beach, Calif.