Fields Set For NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

March 16, 2003

SEATTLE. - The 2003 Women's and Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship fields have been set and the Huskies will send seven athletes to compete among the nation's best. The women will send four competitors, while the men will send three swimmers.

The Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 20-22 in Auburn Ala. Four Husky women qualified for the meet including senior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.), junior Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.), sophomore Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif,).

With a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:31.65 in the 200 freestyle relay, the women have earned the No. 12 seed at the championship and the right to swim in any other relay event in which they posted a NCAA consideration time standard. All totaled, the Husky women will swim in four relays, including the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay.

Harada, a 2002 NCAA participant, will also swim three individual races for UW after posting NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Harada, who owns the school records in each, is seeded fourth in the 100 freestyle (49.15) and eighth in the 50 (22.69) and 200 freestyle (1:46.87) events.

Olson, who set the school record in the 500 freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 4:52.61, has qualified to swim the race at the NCAA's as the 56th seed.

Staubitz and Vayo will not swim any individual events.

The Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. Three Husky men qualified for the meet, including juniors Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) and Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.).

Ekfoff, who placed ninth in the 200 breaststroke at the 2002 NCAA's and garnered All-American honors, will swim three individual events. He is seeded ninth in the 200 breaststroke (1:56.88), 22nd in the 200 individual medley (1:47.47) and 33rd in the 100 breaststroke (55.12).

Rose makes his first appearance at the NCAA championship and will swim in two events for Washington. He is seeded 23rd in the 100 backstroke (48.13) and 32nd in the 100 butterfly.

Rounding out the UW men's competitors is Adrian in the 100 butterfly. Adrian, who swam a NCAA automatic time in the 100 fly at the Pac-10 Championships, is seeded 12th.

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