Three UW Swimmers Record NCAA Provisional Times At The Husky Invitational

Dec. 1, 2001

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Three Washington swimmers, junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.), sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho), recorded NCAA B qualifying times Saturday in day three action of the 54th annual Husky Invitational.

Johnson posted her first career NCAA B time in the morning preliminaries of the 100-yard backstroke (56.31), before improving her time in the final with a second-place effort of 55.94. The mark fell just one one-hundredth of a second behind the school record of 55.93 set by Jaina McClure in 1998.

'The swim of the day belonged to Desiree Johnson, who dropped a second off her lifetime best in the 100 back,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. 'I was most impressed with the way she was able to come back and swim even better tonight. I have a lot of expectations that she is going to do some great things this year and for years to come.'

Ekhoff also recorded his first NCAA provisional time of the year, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.68, more than two seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Zack Zucker of the Pleasanton Seahawks Swim Club, who finished in 57.72. Ekhoff's time ranks him third in Husky history behind All-American Pete Colella (55.09) and 2001 graduate Francis Tam (55.16).

'Luke Ekhoff's lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke was awesome,' Wender said. 'The 200 (breaststroke) is really his best event, which boads well for him tomorrow.'

Harada, meanwhile, a day removed from her NCAA automatic time in the 50 free, posted a provisional time in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:49.31 for second place behind UCLA's Malin Svahnstrom (1:48.56).

In other results in the women's meet, 10th-ranked UCLA continued to dominate, winning six of seven events, including both relays. The Bruins also swam meet records in the 200 medley relay (1:43.74), the 200 freestyle (1:48.56) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.51), while tallying 12 NCAA B qualifying times in the finals.

Besides Ekhoff's win in the 100 breaststroke, the Husky men placed first with season-best times in both the 200 medley (1:32.84) and 800 freestyle (6:47.85) relays. Freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) and sophomore Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) each posted runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively, for the UW.

The Husky Invitational concludes Sunday with final day action at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center. The preliminaries are slated for a 9:30 a.m. start, while the finals are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

(Complete meet results are posted on Washington's official website: www.gohuskies.com)

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