UW Swimmer Kim Harada Earns An Invitation To The NCAA Championships

March 8, 2002

SEATTLE - After a year's hiatus, the Washington women's swimming team will have a representative at this year's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, scheduled for March 21-23, in Austin, Texas. Husky junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) automatically qualified for three events - the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle - and will be making her first career appearance at the NCAA meet.

Harada automatically qualified for the NCAA meet by posting a pair of school-record times at the Husky Invitational last December. The team co-captain finished the 50 freestyle in 22.82, before tallying her second automatic time in the 100 freestyle (49.63) a day later.

Harada recorded her final qualifying time at last weekend's Pac-10 meet, when she led-off the team's 800 freestyle relay with a 200-yard time of 1:47.49. Her time bettered her own school record of 1:48.64 by over a second and highlighted a meet in which she posted three, top-five individual finishes for the second straight season.

Harada is seeded 16th overall in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, while her time in the 50 freestyle is the 14th-fastest so far this season.

Two years ago, the Huskies had two swimmers advance to the NCAA championships, including current assistant coach Janella Bart (400, 1500 freestyle) and Irene Schneider (200 butterfly, 400 IM), who earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 16th-place finish in the 200 butterfly.

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