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Bruins Down UCSB, 167-92, in Opening Dual Meet

Oct 23, 2021
Riley Dix (photo: Ariana Saigh)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA swim and dive team recorded a 167-92 win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center in the first dual meet of the season for both teams.

The Bruins won 11 out of 14 events in the meet, with nine unique swimmers accounting for the Bruins' nine individual wins. There were no diving events in the contest.

"I'm really happy with our toughness and a lot of our race execution," said UCLA head coach Jordan Wolfrum. "We look tired and beat up, because we are. I think that's good, I think I would have been a little more concerned if we didn't look that way after our first dual meet."

The standout event for the Bruins was the 100 free, as UCLA placed the top-four swimmers in that race. Junior Brooke Schaffer (51.71) touched first in that event, followed in succession by Rachel Rhee (51.79), Maddie Wright (52.21), and Joanie Cash (52.34).

UCLA went on to place 1-2-3 in five other events, including the meet-opening 200 medley relay and four individual events (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle, and 200 breaststroke).

The Bruins received several standout individual efforts over the course of the meet.

Junior Rachel Rhee was the winner in the 200 free (1:50.63), was runner-up in the 100 free, and swam the anchor leg for the winning squad in the 400 free relay (3:28.57).

Junior Brooke Schaffer was the victor in the 100 breast (51.71), placed third in the 50 free (23.73), and was part of race-winning squads in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

Other multi-winners included Eva Carlson (100 breast, 1:03.58, 200 medley relay) and Ella Kirschke (200 IM, 2:01.77; 400 free relay).

A trio of freshmen in Carlson, Mia Chang (100 back, 56.13), and Ana Jih-Schiff (200 breast, 2:17.75) all logged their first collegiate event wins on Saturday.

Other event winners for the Bruins included Sophia Kosturos (50 free, 23.62), Abriana Howard (200 back, 2:02.29), and Sam Baron (100 fly, 54.83).

UC Santa Barbara was led by Maelynn Lawrence, who notched wins in both distance freestyle events. She was the lone swimmer from either team to win multiple individual events.

The Bruins return to action next Saturday, Oct. 30, with a home dual meet against Pac-12 rival Washington State. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.