Kim Harada Finishes 21st In The 50 Free At The NCAA Championships

March 21, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas - In her first of three events at the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, UW junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) swam the 21st-fastest time of 23.10 Thursday in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle. Georgia's Maritza Correi finished first in the 67-swimmer field with a prelims time of 22.19, in day one action at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Harada's time, however, was the third-fastest of her Husky career, trailing only her two swims at last December's Husky Invitational in Federal Way, in which she swam a school-record time of 22.82 in the preliminaries and 22.95 in the finals.

Although Harada did not qualify for either the championship (1st - 8th) or consolation (9th-16th) finals in the 50 free, she will have two more chances to earn All-America status Friday in the 200 free and Saturday in the 100-yard freestyle.

Harada entered the meet with the 16th-fastest times in both the 100 (49.63) and 200 (1:47.49) freestyle events.

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