Women's Swimming Places 19th At The NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships For Its Best Finish Ever

March 22, 2003

AUBURN, Ala.- The Washington women's swimming team placed 19th overall at the Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, marking its best finish in school history.

The Huskies completed the three-day competition with two events on Saturday, including the 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) finished fourth in the 100 freestyle race (49.18) just 0.03 seconds off her lifetime best pace. The fourth place finish ties her placement in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, which mark the best NCAA Championship finishes by a Washington women's swimmer since Jana Ellis was national runner-up in the 200 individual medley at the 1985 championships. Harada also earns All-America status in the 100 freestyle for her fourth award of the meet. She also earned first team honors in the 50 freestyle and honorable mention accolades in the 200 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay.

Washington also swam in the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.27) today, placing 18th overall behind the efforts of Harada, Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.), Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.).

The top-20 team finish is the best in Husky history since women's swimming became an NCAA sponsored sport in 1982. Washington's highest national finish all-time was a 16th place finish at the1976 AIAW Championships.

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