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UCLA took home a 156-144 win its first meet last week (photo: Richard Quinton)

Swimming & Diving

UCLA Starts Home Schedule by Hosting Arizona, ASU

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA swimming and diving team begins its home schedule this weekend, hosting Pac-12 rivals Arizona and Arizona State at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins and Wildcats commence action at 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, while the showdown with the Sun Devils is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Arizona enters the weekend with a 2-0 record, dominating Grand Canyon 204-80 in its season-opener on Oct. 13 before topping Oregon State 152-103 last Saturday. ASU meanwhile is 1-1, beating the Beavers 153-96 on Oct. 5 and falling to Florida State by a score of 139-161 last Friday.

UCLA is coming off its first regular season meet of the campaign, edging out Utah for a 156-144 victory last Saturday at Don Reddish Pool in Salt Lake City. The Bruins won 10 of the 16 scheduled events, claiming wins in both diving events and taking eight of 14 swimming events.

Redshirt senior Maria Polyakova and senior Sandra Soe led the way for UCLA with a pair of individual wins each.

Polyakova swept the 1m and 3m diving competitions, winning both by wide margins. She started with a 310.13 in the 1m, and then finished her day with a 308.40 in the 3m springboard. It was her first official collegiate event since the 2017 NCAA Championships; she redshirted last year after being named the Pac-12 Diver of the Year in her junior season.

Meanwhile, Soe took first in both distance freestyle events. Her 10:17.76 time in the 1000 free gave UCLA its first event win of the competition, and then she followed up with a 5:04.91 effort in the 500 free for her second win of the day.

Several UCLA newcomers had standout debuts in Salt Lake City.

Claire Grover won the 100 free with a time of 51.83, and was also part of UCLA's "A" team in the 200 free relay which claimed first after touching in 1:33.51.

Delaney Smith was the winner of the 200 IM (2:05.06) and finished top-three in her other individual events: 100 free and 200 free.

Mara Newman helped UCLA sweep the backstroke events with a win in the 200 back, coming in at 2:02.30. Ella Kirschke finished top-three in the 50 free and 100 free and was part of the first-place 200 free relay team alongside Grover and juniors Amy Okada and Kenisha Liu.

Okada (200 fly, 2:02.47) and Emma Schanz (100 back, 56.35) were UCLA's upperclassmen with individual event wins.

UCLA is 19-17 all-time against Arizona in dual meets, and is 25-9-1 against Arizona State.

Stay tuned to @UCLASwimandDive on Twitter for updates throughout the meets.

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