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UCLA Wraps Up at the 2021 NCAA Championships

Mar 18, 2021
Claire Grover (photo: Getty Images)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 22-ranked UCLA swimming and diving team concluded its run at the 2021 NCAA Championships on Saturday, with three individuals and one relay team competing on the final day of the 2021 meet. 

The Bruins capped off NCAAs with an 18th place finish in the 400 free relay, with Sophia Kosturos, Ella Kirschke, Delaney Smith, and Claire Grover finishing the race in 3:15.44. 

Sophomore Katie Shaheen placed highest among UCLA's competiting individuals on Saturday, ending up No. 26 in platform with a final score of 234.60. 

Junior Claire Grover posted a 49.12 in the 100 free prelims to finish 37th. Sam Baron followed with a 46th place finish in the 200 fly, touching in 2:00.01. 

Saturday marked the end of a successful 2020-21 season for the Bruins. UCLA posted a 2-1 record in dual meets, was nationally ranked for most of the season, defeated USC in a dual meet for the first time since 2007, finished third at the Pac-12 Championships for the first time since 2006, and sent a group of nine student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. 

FRIDAY, MAR. 19

Six Bruins saw action on Friday morning in the second day of the 2021 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

All six recorded top-40 finishes in their events.

Sophomore Hannah Butler earned UCLA's highest individual finish for the second consecutive day, taking 29th in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 272.55. Fellow sophomore Katie Shaheen made her NCAAs debut on Friday, posting a 249.10 to take 39th.

UCLA also had two entries in the 100 fly, as freshman Sam Baron (53.07) and sophomore Gabby Dang (53.11) finished back-to-back at No. 37 and No. 38.

Junior Claire Grover notched her second straight No. 32 finish, swimming the 100 breast in 1:00.25.

Junior Ella Kirschke rounded out the day for UCLA with a 40th place finish in the 200 free at 1:47.61, her second-best time in that event this year. It was Kirschke's first-ever individual event at NCAAs.

The Bruins wrap up the 2021 NCAA Championships on Saturday, with prelims scheduled for 7:00 a.m. PT and finals for 3:00 p.m. PT. Saturday's scheduled events include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, and 400 free relay.

Stay tuned to @UCLASwimAndDive on Twitter for live scoring updates. 

THURSDAY, MAR. 18

No. 22 UCLA competed across four events on Thursday in the team's first day of action at the 2021 NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

Sophomore Hannah Butler was UCLA's highest individual finisher on Thursday, taking 31st place in the 1-meter diving championships with a prelims score of 257.90. It marked a delayed debut at NCAAs for Butler, who qualified as a freshman in 2020 before COVID brought about the cancellation of that meet.

The Bruins had multiple student-athletes compete in two individual swimming events.

Junior Claire Grover netted the best result of the four entries, logging her third-best 50 free time (22.46) of the year to finish 32nd overall. Sophomore Gabby Dang posted a 22.92 (56th) in her NCAAs debut.

The Bruins opened NCAAs with the 200 IM, which was highlighted by Ella Kirschke's 1:59.35, good for 44th place. Freshman Sam Baron recorded a time of 2:01.93 (64th) in her NCAAs debut.

Thursday finished with the 400 medley relay. UCLA entered that event as the No. 19 seed, but registered a DQ.

UCLA continues action at the 2021 NCAA Championships on Friday, with prelims beginning at 7:00 a.m. PT and finals at 3:00 p.m. PT. Scheduled events include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving, and the 200 medley relay.