Women's Swimming Edges Oregon State In Final Dual-Meet Of The Season

Feb. 9, 2002

SEATTLE - The Washington women's swimming team erased an 11-point deficit heading into the final event, defeating Oregon State 132-130 Saturday with a one-two finish in the 200 freestyle relay in Corvallis, Ore. With the win, the Huskies concluded their dual-meet season with a program-best 15 wins, going 15-2 overall record in 2001-02, while the Beavers fell to 7-5.

The UW trailed OSU 117-128 going into the 200 freestyle relay, the final event of the meet. The Beavers needed just a second-place finish in the event, but the UW relay of Lisa Fanning (Bellevue, Wash.), Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.), April Cheadle (East Wenatchee, Wash.) and freshman Leslie Wukstich (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) came in first with a time 1:37.92, followed by the second Husky relay, which finished in 1:39.28 - less than four-tenths of a second faster than the OSU relay (1:39.66).

Individually, UW junior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) won three of the Huskies' five individual event titles, capturing the 50 (23.90), 100 (52.03) and the 200 (1:52.57) freestyle. Freshmen Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) and Abby Hutton (Englewood, Colo.) also notched victories, as Johnson finished first in the 100 backstroke (57.55) and Hutton won the 200 backstroke in 2:06.40.

The Washington women's swim team will take almost three weeks off to prepare for the Pac-10 championships in Long Beach, Calif., February 28 - March 2.

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