UCLA closes with Ohio State Invite 2022

Columbus, Ohio — The UCLA swim team put on a solid performance at the Ohio State Invitational over the weekend, finishing fifth overall out of 13 teams with a score of 1,004.50.

Over the course of the three-day gathering, the Bruins set 17 new personal bests, had 10 separate top 10 individual finishes, and recorded season bests in all five relay heats.

The host Buckeyes finished first, followed by Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia Tech. Though UCLA entered no divers Saturday and scraped a large number of swimmers, it was one of just five teams to break the 1,000-point barrier.

Day 1 review

The Bruins’ first day at the Ohio State Invitational was highlighted by nine best times and two A-finalists in the 50 free finals.

UCLA opened the final sessions of day one with a fourth-place finish in the 200 Free, with the quartet of Rachel Rhee, Sophia Kosturos, Maddie Wrightand Claire Grover a season best of 1:29.39.

Five Bruins qualified for the Finals in the 500 Free, led by Freshman Katrina Bellio who finished seventh overall with a time of 4:45.07. Bellio set a best time of 4:47.59 in the heats and then improved to a new best time in the final session. student in the first year Beril Bocekler also set two best times in the 500 Free, finishing in 4:49.19 in the final, good for 22ndnd Place.

second grader Ana Jih ship was UCLA’s top performer in the 200 IM, breaking the two-minute barrier in heats for the first time in her career (1:59.98) and finishing 20thth in the final at 2:02.34. student in the first year Rosie Murphy also set a best time of 2:00.39 in the final to take 23rd placeapprox.

UCLA had eight people who qualified for the 50 Complimentary Finals highlighted by A-finalists Rachel Rhee (22:31, fourth) and Claire Grover (22.36, fifth). A trio of Bruins posted best times in the 50 Free during the preliminary rounds, including Rhee (22.28), Wright (22.82) and a sophomore Eva Karlson (23.35).

The Bruins ended day one with a top-five finish in the 400-meter relay. UCLA’s top team – Ashley KolessarKarlson, Gaby Dangand Grover – had a season best of 3:35.16, nearly 10 seconds faster than the team’s previous best this year.

Day 2 review

Gaby Dang led the Bruins with a highlight reel performance in the 100 fly on day two of the Ohio State Invite.

Dang set a personal best of 52.00 flat and finished first in the 100 fly heats. Back then, with an NCAA B cut, she would have made #22 of the 100 flies at last year’s NCAA championships. She continued her prelim performance with a 53.19 in the final, good for seventh place. student in the first year Fay Lustria (54.99) and Grover (55.68) also qualified for the 100 fly final.

The Bruins got off to a strong start in the finals on day two, finishing second in the 200 medley relay with a season best of 1:37.28.

second grader Paige MacEachern continued UCLA’s strong performance on day two in the next event, setting a best time of 4:09.49 in the 400 IM to claim a third place finish. Kolessar also finished in the top 10 with a time of 4:20.77.

Bellio was UCLA’s top racer in the 200 Free, posting a best time of 1:47.47 in 11th placeth. She led a contingent of five Bruins to qualify for the finals at that event.

Jih-Schiff (1:01.36) and Carlson (1:02.20) placed 9-10 in the 100 breaststroke to bring home two top 10 finishes for UCLA. Jih-Schiff had previously set a best time (1:01.14) in the heats.

Kosturos was UCLA’s top finisher in the 100-back final, finishing 10thth at 53.83.

The Bruins ended day two with another top five relay result, finishing fifth in the 800m free relay with a time of 7:17.78.

Day 3 review

UCLA finished the OSU Invite with another season best and another top 10 individual result.

A trio of Bruins finished in the top-17 for the mile, with MacEachern finishing in 13thth in 16:37.91 and Bellio with a best time of 16:44.29 in 16th placeth.

Rosie Murphy led UCLA in the 200 backstroke and cut their prelim time in the finals by more than three seconds to 22nd place at 1:57.04.

At the next race Brooke Schaffer the Bruins paced 50.72 in the 100 free.

Jih-Schiff then had another outstanding performance in the breaststroke, posting a best time of 2:12.15 in the heats to advance to another A-final. She eventually finished eighth in 2:13.56.

In the final individual race of the weekend, Kolessar broke the two-minute mark to lead the Bruins in the 200 Fly (1:59.77).

UCLA then finished the meet with a season best of 3:19.69 in the 400 free relay, good for seventh place.

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