UCLA Swimming and Diving Takes Down Washington State in Road Duel

Claire Grover won the 100 breast. Photo Courtesy: McKenna Ehrmantraut

The UCLA swimming and diving team completed its road dual meet schedule with a 145-109 victory over Washington State on Saturday at Gibb Pool.

Team Scores:

  • UCLA 145, Washington State 109

UCLA Swimming and Diving Press Release

The Bruins won 10 of 14 events overall in the swim-only meet, including nine of 12 individual events. The triumph pushed UCLA’s season-opening winning streak in dual meets to seven, giving the squad a 7-0 overall record with a 4-0 mark in Pac-12 action.

Washington State dropped to 3-5 with the loss.

Freshmen Gabby Dang and Daniella Hawkins each recorded multiple wins for the Bruins, with Dang taking first in the 100 fly and 100 back while Hawkins clinched both distance freestyle events. That duo tied for the second-most points of any individual in the meet, trailing only WSU’s Keiana Fountaine.

The Bruins opened the competition with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as the UCLA B team of Delaney Smith, Claire Grover, Emily Lo, and Kenisha Liu touched in 3:47.66. The Bruins had the top three relay teams in that race, as UCLA C was second at 3:49.56 while the A squad was third at 3:50.12.

Hawkins picked up her first win in the next race, the 1000 free. Her time of 10:11.90 was over 15 seconds quicker than second place Katie Sulkevich. UCLA also had the third place swimmer in Stephanie Su (10:29.00).

Freshman Brooke Schaffer picked up more points for the Bruins with a triumph in the 200 free, edging out Fontaine with a time of 1:52.04. Smith (1:53.39, third) and senior Lisa Kaunitz (1:54.50, fifth) also scored.

Dang notched her first career win in the 100 back with a time of 56.89 to extend UCLA’s lead.

Grover (1:03.75) and freshman Rachel Rhee (1:03.90) went 1-2 in the 100 breast to create even more separation. In the ensuing race, freshman Lauryn Johnson finished first in the 200 fly at 2:04.21 to conclude a streak of six consecutive wins for the Bruins.

Fontaine answered for the Cougars with back-to-back wins in the 50 and 100 free to keep the home squad within striking distance.

Freshman Sophia Kosturos got UCLA back on track with a first-place time of 2:01.17 in the 200 back, which was followed by the second wins of the day from Hawkins (4:56.99, 500 free) and Dang (55.25, 100 fly). The Bruins received their final individual win of the meet from Kenisha Liu in the 200 IM (2:04.45).

Washington State Press Release

Washington State women’s swimming recorded four wins but dropped a 145-109 contest to No. 31 UCLA at Gibb Pool Saturday. Prior to the meet, the Cougars recognized seniors Luci Brock and Ryan Falk.

Sophomore Keiana Fountaine recorded a pair of wins in the 50 and 100 free events for her fourth and fifth individual wins of the season while Junior Mackenzie Duarte picked up a win in the 200 breaststroke, her second win of the year.

The Cougars closed the meet in dramatic fashion as Falk anchored the 400 freestyle relay team that came from behind to clinch the victory, the second win for that relay team.