Ana Jih-Schiff sweeps breaststroke events, UCLA defeats Arizona State in double meet

The UCLA Bruins are four-for-four in double-meet wins this season. After beat Arizona on FridayUCLA topped Arizona State on Saturday by a margin of 183 to 116. Ana Jih Schiff was UCLA’s top performer as she swept the 100 breaststroke (1:02.16) and 200 breaststroke (2:14.68), and joined her teammates Sophie Kosturos, Gaby Dang and Claire Grover in a 200m medley relay victory.

Other individual swim winners for UCLA include Katrina Bellio (1000m free), Kosturos (100m backstroke), Grover (50m free), Rachel Rhee (100 free) and Rosie Murphy (200 back). That would be enough to overcome a big effort from the state of Arizona Ieka Malukawho had victories in the 200 free (1:49.37), 500 free (4:54.35) and 200 IM (2:03.19).

Full results are available hereand read UCLA’s full press release below.

UCLA’s No. 20 swimming and diving team earned a 183-116 victory over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at the Spieker Aquatics Center to complete a weekend sweep of the Pac Schools. Arizona’s -12 and move to 4-0 on the year.

The Bruins have won 11 of 16 total events against the Sun Devils (0-6), including sweeps in the relays, diving, backstroke and breaststroke.

Second year Ana Jih Schiff paved the way for the Bruins, hitting the wall first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke to finish as UCLA’s only swimmer with multiple individual wins.

Senior Sophie Kosturos (100 back) and Freshman Rosie Murphy (200 backs) have teamed up to sweep these events for UCLA, while fifth-year Claire Grover (50 free) and senior Rachel Rhee (100 free) brought home sprint freestyle wins for the Bruins.

Senior Hannah Butler (1 meter) and second year Zoe Jespersgaard (3 meters) each had a victory in diving.

The Bruins started the game with a convincing victory in the 200 IM relay, as Kosturos’ foursome, Jih-Schiff, Gaby Dang and Grover took a win with a time of 1:40.64.

First-year student Katrina Bellio followed that up with a second victory in the 1,000 freestyle in as many days, clocking 10:12.61.

After an ASU win in the 200 freestyle, the Bruins picked up three straight wins, starting with Kosturos in the 100 backstroke (54.99) and followed by Jih-Schiff in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.16) and Jespersgaard in 3 meter dive. (296.85). The first half of the meet ended with another under-23 showing Grover in the 50 free, as she beat the field by nearly a full second at 22.69.

The first three races after the restart were incredibly close, with UCLA edging out Arizona State each time for a dramatic win.

First in the 100 free, Rhee held off ASU Lindsay Looney in the final half of the race, touching just 0.02 seconds ahead of her at 50.73.

Murphy was in fourth place after the first round of the 200 comeback, but came back with a strong second 50 to take the lead. She eventually retained ASU Charlie Brown and won the race by about half a second at 1:59.78.

Then in the 200 breaststroke, Jih-Schiff broke into the final 25 meters of the race to overtake Emma Gehlert and win with a time of 2:14.68.

After that run, ASU would win the final three individual races of the afternoon, but the Bruins pulled out with solid wins in the 1-yard (Butler, 277.65) and the 400 freestyle relay, as the Rhee’s UCLA A-team, Kosturos, Maddie Wright and Grover posted a time of 3:21.72. UCLA also came back in this final stint, with Grover swimming the final 50 yards to take a nearly one-second lead over ASU’s top foursome.