#14 UCLA Puts Up Strong Fight; Falls To #3 Stanford In Pac-10 Swim & Dive Action
Feb. 1, 2008
The 14th-ranked Bruins put up a strong fight, keeping the dual meet close for most of the afternoon, but fell to the No. 3 team in the country, Stanford, by a score of 166-133. In a meet in which fast times were a staple on both sides of the pool deck, three pool and meet records were set, while 24 NCAA qualifying marks were achieved, including four NCAA automatic times. In all, UCLA tallied 20 season-best times and six lifetime-best swims.
Senior Nicolette Teo continued her stellar 2008 dual meet season with double victories in the 100 breast (1:01.82) and 200 breast (2:14.03). She has not lost a dual meet 100 breast competition yet this season and both of her times were NCAA automatic qualifiers. Her 200 breast time of 2:14.03 was a new lifetime-best mark.
Junior Anna Poteete also had a big day as she won both the 50 (23.20) and 100 freestyle (49.93) races. Both of her times were NCAA 'B' qualifiers, but she has posted fasters times already this season.
Also posting a win on Saturday was freshman Sam Vanden Berge who improved on her season-best in the 1000 free by eight seconds to win in a time of 10:01.07. Vanden Berge also tallied a lifetime-best swim in the 500 free, finishing third in a time of 4:56.20. Junior Madeleine Stanton won the 200 back in a season-best swim of 2:02.32 and junior diver Marisa Samaniego won the one meter competition with a score of 273.30.
Freshman Dani Milligan had a strong day as well as she swam a six second season-best in the 1000 free (10:05.87) to finish second overall. Freshman Kelly Colligan swam a lifetime-best 51.33 in the 100 free to finish fourth overall, while junior Erin Frizzell swam a lifetime-best in the 200 back (2:03.97) to place fourth overall as well.
Freshman Emily Bibb also swam a lifetime-best in the meet, finishing second in the 500 free with a new top time of 4:49.99. Fellow freshman Lauren Hall also got in on the lifetime-best category with her third-place swim of 2:02.75 in the 200 IM.
The divers were competing at USC for a four-way invitational with the Trojans, California and Stanford. The Bruins were without the abilities of junior Tess Schofield who has been recovering from injuries she sustained at the Hawaii Invite in January. However, the Bruins did fare well behind Samaniego's win and second-place showing on three meter (286.05). On the tower, freshman Morgan Erpenbeck posted a lifetime-best score of 238.60 to qualify for the NCAA Zone E Championships.
The Bruins now have four individual divers qualified for the zone meet including Samaniego, Schofield, Erpenbeck and junior Brittany Hill.
The Bruins will play host to California at 12:00 pm on Saturday with diving being contested at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and swimming being held at Men's Gym Pool. On Friday, the Golden Bears defeated USC 202-98.