UW's Luke Ekhoff Places 36th In The Prelims Of The 100 Breaststroke At The NCAAs

March 29, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. - In his first career swim at the NCAA men's championships, UW sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) recorded the 36th-fastest time of 55.74 Friday in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke. Texas' Brendan Hansen, who later went on to win the event in the evening's finals, finished first in the 42-swimmer field with a prelims time of 53.25 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Ekhoff, who decided not to compete in the 200 IM on Thursday, swam the second-best 100 breaststroke of his Washington career, trailing just his 55.68 performance at last December's Husky Invitational in Federal Way.

Although Ekhoff did not qualify for either the championship (1st - 8th) or consolation (9th-16th) finals in the 100 breaststroke, he will have another chance Saturday in his best event, the 200-yard breaststroke.

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