Women's Swimming Has Spectacular Pac-10 Meet
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington women's swim team had one its best showings ever at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. The Huskies broke 10 school records, had three NCAA automatic qualifying times and nine provisional qualifiers.
Senior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) highlighted the meet, becoming UW's first Pac-10 individual champion in the 200 freestyle in a school record time of 1:46.87. She also notched a school record in the 100 freestyle (49.17) with a second place finish and another UW record in the 50 freestyle (22.69) with a third place finish. Harada swam NCAA automatic qualifying times in all three events.
Freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) also had a strong showing at the championships, placing in the top 12 in three events and setting a school record in the 500 freestyle (4:52.61). Olson placed sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:49.55), ninth in the 1650 freestyle and 12th in the 500 freestyle, while posting NCAA consideration time standards in all three races.
Junior Jenn Latzen (Folsom, Calif.) was the biggest surprise of the meet, setting a school record in the 100 butterfly with a three-second improvement on her season-best time. She placed 12th in the race with a NCAA consideration time of 54.63. Latzen also placed ninth in the 200 butterfly in another NCAA 'B' time of 2:00.37, toping her season-best by five seconds.
Freshman Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) also posted two NCAA consideration times in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. She placed 17th in both races with a 51.06 time in the 100 freestyle and a 1:50.52 time in the 200 freestyle.
Four other Huskies tallied NCAA consideration time standards, including Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) and Haley Wolcott (Puyallup, Wash.) in the 200 butterfly, Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) in the 100 back and Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) in the 200 freestyle. Hilyard placed eighth in the 200 fly after posting a time of 2:00.78 in the preliminaries, while Wolcott finished in 17th place with a time of 2:01.75. Johnson posted a NCAA 'B' time in the 100 backstroke (55.33) with her time in the 4 x 100 medley relay, while Vayo qualified in the 200 freestyle.
Washington also set school records in four relay events, including the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay.
The 200 medley relay and 400 and 800 freestyle relays also tallied NCAA consideration times. The 200 medley relay finished eighth (1:42.96) and included Harada, Staubitz, Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) and Olson. The 400 freestyle relay placed fifth (3:31.71) and included Olson, Harada, Liu and Staubitz, while the 800 freestyle relay placed fifth behind the efforts of Harada, Liu, Olson and Staubitz.
The Huskies finished seventh overall at the Pac-10 Championships, placing above regional foes Oregon State and Washington State.
Those athletes who qualify for the NCAA National Championship will compete March 20-22 in Auburn, Ala.