UW Swimmers Break Three School Records In Second Day Of The Pac-10 Championships
March 1, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif. - UW junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and freshman Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) each broke school records in the second day of the Pac-10 swimming championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Harada, the lead-off leg on the team's school record 800 free relay (7:27.84), swam the fastest 200-yard freestyle time in UW history of 1:47.49, while Johnson set the school record in the 100-yard backstroke (55.85) to help the Husky women remain in seventh place at the conference meet.
Earlier in the evening, Harada recorded her second top-five individual finish of the meet, taking fifth with a time of 1:48.65 in the finals of the 200 freestyle. The team co-captain, who placed fourth in the 50 free on Thursday, then bettered her time in the 200 free by swimming the lead-off leg of the Huskies' 800 freestyle relay in 1:47.49. Harada's lead-off time was her third NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season and was more than a full second faster than the school record time of 1:48.64, which she set earlier in the year at the Husky Invitational.
With Harada's school record lead-off leg, the 800 freestyle relay of Harada, freshman Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.), freshman Nichole Real (Omaha, Neb.) and sophomore Melody Staubitz (Mesa Ariz.), swam the fastest time in school history to finish seventh in 7:27.84. The time beat the previous Washington record of 7:29.88, which dated back to the Pac-10 meet in 1996 and was the oldest relay record still standing.
Johnson, meanwhile, won the consolation finals (9th overall) of the 100 backstroke with a school-record time of 55.85, breaking the previous mark of 55.93 set by Jaina McClure in 1998. Johnson's time also was her second NCAA provisional time of the year in the event, after swimming her previous career best of 55.94 at the Husky Invite in early December.
Other Husky swimmers to finish in the top 16 included sophomore Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev. - 13th - 1:04.29) and senior Julie Massey (Tacoma, Wash. - 15th - 1:04.38) in the 100 breaststroke and freshman Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif. - 14th - 56.99) in the 100 backstroke.
Washington concludes the Pac-10 championships Saturday with final day action beginning at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries, followed by the finals starting at 6 p.m.
Team Scores - After Day 2 of 3
1. Stanford - 916 pts.
2. USC - 792.5
3. California - 765
4. Arizona - 740
5. UCLA - 664.5
6. Arizona St. - 539.5
7. Washington - 319.5