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Veronica Thompson, pictured, had the best score of all competing freshmen on Friday.

Swimming & Diving

Bruins Start Off Solid at Trojan Diving Invitational

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA diving team opened the three-day Trojan Diving Invitational by placing two of the top-five divers in the women's 1m championship on Friday at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  

Senior Traci Shiver was the Bruins' top finisher, placing third overall. She had the fourth-best score in the prelims at 245.30, and ended up with a score of 492.20 for the day.

Veronica Thompson finished fifth in both the prelims and finals, closing the competition with a score of 470.50. Her score was the best among all competing freshmen.

"I thought we were remarkably consistent, which is a good thing at this time of the year," said UCLA head diving coach Tom Stebbins. "What mistakes I saw are correctable, and we are just in that phase of the season where have to evaluate what we're doing and then make adjustments in training and practice to get to the next level."

The Bruins had only two divers competing on Friday, with athletes missing due to national team obligations, injury, and furlough.

Other teams competing at the invite included USC, Fresno State, Azusa Pacific, Cal Poly, UC San Diego, Cal State Bakersfield, and Chinese club team Tianjing.

Shiver and Thompson will return to USC tomorrow to take part in the 3m championship. Prelims for the 3m start at 11:00 a.m., while the final is scheduled to start at approximately 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the UCLA swimming team will host UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego on Saturday morning for a meet at Spieker Aquatics Center. Competition begins at 11:00 a.m.

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