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UCLA Downed by No. 7 California, 179.50-117.50

Jan 29, 2022
Eva Carlson (photo: Ross Turteltaub)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA swim and dive team endured a 179.50-117.50 loss to No. 7 California on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center.

The Bruins (3-4) captured wins in 6-of-16 scheduled events on Saturday. UCLA had the first-place finisher in both breaststroke events, both diving events, and both sprint freestyle events.

Senior Claire Grover was the lone Bruin to capture multiple individual event wins, touching the wall first in both the 50 free and 100 free. Other UCLA victors included freshman Eva Carlson (100 breast), freshman Ana Jih-Schiff (200 breast), junior Hannah Butler (1-meter diving), and freshman Zoe Jespersgaard (3-meter diving).

The meet started with a close race in the 200 medley relay, as the UCLA As (1:40.04) finished less than a second behind Cal's winning quartet.

Junior Stephanie Su (10:43.57) was UCLA's top finisher in the 1000 free, placing third.

The Bruins had one swimmer finish top-five in the 200 free, as junior Rachel Rhee (1:50.69) was able to take fourth.

Junior Sophia Kosturos went 54.71 to take third in the 100 back, with Mia Chang (57.39) finishing top-five and scoring for UCLA.

On the other side of the facility, Jespersgaard claimed UCLA's first event win of the day in 3M. The frosh posted a collegiate-best score of 323.25, edging out her teammate, Hannah Butler (321.38), for the top spot.

Shortly after, Carlson captured UCLA's first win in the pool, scoring a dramatic and exciting victory in the 100 breast. She (1:03.32) and Cal's Alicia Henry (1:03.34) were neck-and-neck down the stretch and touched the wall at virtually the same time, but Carlson got her hand in a split second earlier for the win. Jih-Schiff (1:03.69) wasn't far behind to tie for third place.

The next race – the 200 fly – saw a 3-4 finish from UCLA sophomores Crystal Murphy (2:04.20) and Sam Baron (2:04.38).

Grover (22.70) bested the field in the 50 free by a decent margin, as she was the only swimmer to break the 23-second mark.

After a short break, Grover captured a second consecutive win by placing first in the 100 free (50.42). She had to eke out the win over Cal's Elise Garcia, who finished behind by just one-tenth of a second.

Abriana Howard (2:02.00) was UCLA's top racer in the 200 back, placing fourth.

The 200 breast was another close race, with Jih-Schiff (2:17.47) holding off Cal's Ema Rajic (2:17.57) for the win. Carlson (2:18.15) finished next to secure another top-three finish.

Butler posted a score of 323.33 in 3M – the lone diver to finish over 300 – to record the Bruins' final event win of the afternoon.

Other notable late-meet results included a third-place finish for Paige MacEachern (4:19.56) in the 400 IM and a runner-up finish for UCLA in the 400 free relay (3:22.92).

The Bruins are off next week, and return to action with a two-day dual meet against crosstown rival USC at home on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12.