LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11. THE UCLA women's swim team shocked the #1-ranked Arizona Wildcats today with an upset dual meet victory, 159-140. Last year the Bruins beat #2-ranked Stanford in dual meet competition.
The meet appeared to be going to form, with Arizona winning the first five events: the 200 yard medley relay (1:43.00), 1000 free (Sarah Tolar. 10:03.18), 200 free (Tolar, 1:48.49)), 100 back (Beth Botsford, 54.94) and 100 breast (Jessica Wagner, 1:04.46).
But then, the Bruins answered, reeling off four straight wins themselves: Julia Voitovitsch took the 200 fly (2:00.95), Sara Platzer won the 50 free (23.67), Michelle Brown twisted to victory in the 1-m diving, and Platzer came back to take the 100 free (50.49).
Arizona's Botsford cruised to a speedy 1:57.84 to win the 200 back, but UCLA's Jen Noddle responded with a 2:17.13 to win the 200 breast.
Sarah Tolar stroked to her third victory of the afternoon, taking the 500 free in 4:58.97, but UCLA followed with second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
That was all the home team needed. Riding a wave of adrenaline, the Bruins won the final four events to clinch the win. Beth Goodwin took the 100 fly (54.41). Michelle Brown won the 3-m diving, Brooke Winkler grabbed theb 400 IM (4:20.78) and the Bruins won the 200 free relay (1:33.46).