After coming off a second place tie at the SMU Classic, the Bruins were victorious over both UCSB and Oregon State at the tri-meet they hosted October 24. UCLA defeated UCSB 132-113, and Oregon State 175-82. UCSB took the win over Oregon State, 180-76.
UCLA had double wins from freshman Caroline McTaggart and junior Madison White. McTaggart won the 200-yard and 100-yard free in times of 1:49.93 and 50.97 respectively.
McTaggart, a prototypical 6’2″ sprinter from Maryland, could be the missing piece this season to help the Bruins make the leap into the top tier of the Pac-12 in the sprint relays. Last season, UCLA was the 5th-best 400 and 800 free relay (though the latter was undone by a DQ at the Pac-12 Championships). While they lost Monica Dornick to graduation, there’s enough young freestyle talent left on this team (White, Linnea Mack, Grover) for the Bruins to make a run at cracking the Arizona-Stanford-Cal-USC top four grouping.
White, meanwhile, won the 200-yard fly, finishing in a time of 2:01.48 and the 200-yard back in a time of 1:58.95. Other wins for the Bruins included Sandra Soe who won the 1000-yard free in a time of 10:09.17 and Linnea Mack, who won the 100-yard fly, clocking in at 56.00.
The UCSB Gauchos picked up wins in both relays of the day. The 200 medley relay team of Cheyenne Low, Katie Records, Kelsey Leonard and Lauren Vosseler touched in a time of 1:44.02, just ahead of the Bruins who finished in a time of 1:44.89. Low, Records and Vosseler each won individual events in the day, winning the 100-yard back (55.85), 100-yard breast (1:03.82) and 50-yard free (23.46) respectively. The Gauchos dominated the 400 freestyle relay winning in a time of 3:24.20, 6 seconds ahead of UCLA (3:30.52), followed by the Beavers (3:35.93).
Oregon State picked up a win in the 500-yard freestyle, with Sammy Harrison touching in a time of 4:58.66.