Women's Swimming Seeks Improvement At The Pac-10 Championships This Weekend

Feb. 27, 2002

SEATTLE - The Washington women's swimming team will look to improve on its eight-place finish a year ago at the 2002 Pac-10 championships in Long Beach, Calif., February 28 - March 2. The Huskies will face some of the top talent in the nation, as six of the nine teams are currently ranked in the top 11, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 USC , No. 10 Arizona State and No. 11 UCLA.

The Pac-10 diving competition, which will also count toward team totals, will take place at Arizona this weekend. The three schools not within the top 25 rankings - UW, Oregon State and Washington State - do not field diving squads.

Flash Back - 2001 Pac-10 Meet: With just four upperclassmen on its 17-swimmer roster, the Husky women's team placed eighth at the Pac-10 meet in Federal Way, Wash., finishing with 365 total points.

UW sophomore Kim Harada's (San Lorenzo, Calif.) three, top-five finishes in the freestyle events highlighted the meet for Washington. Harada placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (23.20) and fifth in both the 100 free (50.14) and 200 free (1:48.64). In the process, the then sophomore set three UW records and recorded three NCAA B qualifying times.

The only other Husky to place in the top 10 was 2001 graduate Irene Schneider, who took seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:02.59) and 10th in the 400 individual medley (4:21.57). Then freshman Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.) also swam in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke, taking home 16th place in 1:04.55.

Record-Breaking Campaign: With its exciting come-from-behind win over Oregon State (132-130) on February 9, the Washington women's swimming team tallied its school-record 15th win, finishing the 2001-02 dual-meet season with a 15-2 record. This year's Husky squad beat the previous win record of 13, set by the 1992-93 team, which went 13-2 before taking home seventh at the Pac-10 meet.

The UW began this season with a perfect 10-0 record following the Big West Shootout, before dropping its first meet to Pac-10 foe Washington State by just two points, 130-132. After a 119-177 loss to No. 8 Arizona State, the Huskies rebounded with dominating wins over BYU (123-77), Utah (132-73), UC Davis (184-72) and finally Hawai'i (208-78).

Along the way, the Husky women's squad won a pair of invitational meets, the Husky Relays and Clan Cup, while finishing second and third respectively at the Husky Invitational and Washington Open.

On The Verge: Washington junior Kim Harada leads the Husky contingent, having already automatically qualified for this year's NCAA meet with the nation's eighth-fastest time in 50 free (22.82) and 11th-best time in the 100 free (49.63).

Three other UW swimmers have also recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times, including freshmen Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) in the 400 IM, Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) in the 100 backstroke and Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 200 butterfly.

UW Head Coach Mickey Wender: In his fourth year at the University of Washington, head coach Mickey Wender has helped the UW women to a 38-17 record, winning nearly 70 percent of its dual meets.

The Huskies broke 10 school records in Wender's first season, eight in his second and three a year ago.

Two UW swimmers have earned honorable mention All-America honors during his tenure, including Rae Abbott in the 200 breaststroke (1999) and Irene Schneider in the 200 butterfly (2000). Prior to coming to Washington, Wender led UC Santa Cruz to four, top-10 national finishes in six years (1992-98), compiling a 54-6 interdivisional dual meet record. He has also coached the 1996 NCAA Division III 200 IM champion and guided his athletes to more than 60 All-America performances at UCSC.

2002 Top Times
50 Freestyle - Kim Harada (22.82sr*^!)
100 Freestyle - Kim Harada (49.63sr*^!)
200 Freestyle - Kim Harada (1:49.31+^)

500 Freestyle - Melody Staubitz (5:00.21)
1000 Freestyle - Hannah Jo (10:16.75)
1650 Freestyle - Courtney Hentzen (17:31.98)

100 Backstroke - Desiree Johnson (55.94!+^)
200 Backstroke - Annette Vayo (2:02.85)

100 Breaststroke - Brittany Reichardt (1:04.01)
200 Breaststroke - Brittany Reichardt (2:20.59)

100 Butterfly - Desiree Johnson (56.49)
200 Butterfly - Anissa Hilyard (2:01.22+^!)

200 IM - Hannah Jo (2:05.58)
400 IM - Hannah Jo (4:22.76+^)

200 Freestyle Relay - UW (1:33.05sr+)
400 Freestyle Relay - UW (3:28.83^)
800 Freestyle Relay - UW (7:47.44)
200 Medley Relay - UW (1:45.50)
200 Medley Relay - UW (3:49.44^)

KEY
* NCAA A standard + NCAA B standard
^ US Swimming Senior National standard
! personal/career record sr school record

2002 Pac-10 Quick Facts
What: Pac-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships

Where: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif. (hosted by USC)

When: Thursday, Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 2, Prelims begin at 11:00 am and finals begin at 6 p.m. each day

UW Pac-10 Results

Year Place Year Place
1986-87 7th 1994-95 7th
1987-88 N/A 1995-96 7th
1988-89 7th 1996-97 7th
1989-90 7th 1997-98 7th
1990-91 9th 1998-99 7th
1991-92 7th 1999-00 7th
1992-93 7th 2000-01 8th
1993-94 6th

2002 Pac-10 Order Of Events
Thursday
1. 200 freestyle relay, 2. 500 freestyle,3. 200 individual medley, 4. 50 freestyle,6. 400 medley relay

Friday
7. 200 medley relay, 8. 400 individual medley,9. 100 butterfly, 10. 200 freestyle,11. 100 breaststroke, 12. 100 backstroke,14. 800 freestyle relay

Saturday
15. 1650 freestyle, 16. 200 backstroke,17. 100 freestyle, 18. 200 breaststroke,19. 200 butterfly, 21. 400 freestyle relay

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