#16 Swim & Dive Off to Minnesota for NCAA Championships

March 6, 2007

The No. 16-ranked UCLA women's swim and dive team will travel to Minneapolis, MN March 8-10 for the NCAA Championships. The Bruins will have five swimmers competing in individual events, with four athletes competing in the diving events.

Heading to Minnesota are - seniors Katie Arnold, Amanda Blong, Sara Clark, Katie Nelson and Amy Thurman; junior Nicolette Teo; and sophomores Anna Poteete, Marisa Samaniego and Tess Schofield.

'We are very excited to have four divers with our team at NCAA's,' said Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher. 'We look forward to continuing the outstanding team effort that the divers put forth. Since Pac-10's, we have worked on details and continuous improvement.

'I think we have made a lot of progress, and the fact that we have five seniors - Katie Arnold, Katie Nelson and Amy Thurman, along with Sara Clark, and Amanda Blong, is huge. They bring experience and an excitement to finish out their swimming and diving careers at the top.

'We are all looking forward to NCAA's to see what our five swimmers and four divers can do as one team. We have three outstanding relays (our best is the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay) and our goal is to get in the top eight in both. The Relays count for double points, so we know the importance of those relays.'

Swimming prelims begin at 9:00 am and finals begin at 5:00 pm each day. Diving begins around 10:30-11:00 am (after the swim prelims are over).

Nelson will open up the Bruin competition on Thursday in the 500 Freestyle. Arnold, Poteete and Thurman will compete in the 50 Freestyle, also on Thursday, while the 400 Medley Relay and one-meter diving competition wraps up day one's competition.

On Friday, the 200 Medley Relay team will be the first to compete for UCLA. Thurman will then swim in the 100 Fly, followed by Poteete and Nelson in the 200 Freestyle. Teo will swim in the 100 Breast with Arnold in the 100 Back right after. The 800 Free Relay and three-meter diving will end the second day of competition.

On the last day, Nelson will swim in the 1650 Free, with Arnold following in the 200 Back. Poteete and Thurman will swim in the 100 Free, followed by Teo in the 200 Breast. The 400 Free Relay and platform competition will be the final events the Bruins contest during the meet.

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