Washington Swimming Names Kim Harada and Beth Slaughter Assistant Coaches

Aug. 27, 2003

SEATTLE- Washington head swimming coach Mickey Wender announced the addition of assistant coaches Kim Harada and Beth Slaughter to the UW coaching staff today. Both women had widely successful collegiate careers and will make an immediate impact to the coaching staff both on the deck and in administrative capacities.

'I'm really excited to have both coaches on our staff,' says Wender. 'I believe that they are two of the most promising coaches in America. They are experienced and have a great love for Husky swimming and the sport of swimming itself.

'Beth had a wonderful collegiate career and will bring a lot of experience and knowledge to our staff. Most importantly, Beth brings a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.

'Kim has grown up in our program and has come a long way. She has given a lot to Husky swimming and has gotten a lot our of the program in return. She really does bleed purple and gold and she exemplifies the Husky spirit. She will be a great asset to our coaching staff.'

Slaughter joins the Husky coaching staff after a successful athletic career at Linfield College (Ore.) and coaching stint at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (2001-2003). She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Linfield in 1997 and her master's degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Idaho State in 2001. While at Linfield, Slaughter was the NAIA National Champion in the 200 backstroke, earned 20 All-America awards and set school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley. She was twice named Northwest Conference Female Swimmer of the Year and was Linfield's 1997 Woman Athlete of the Year. In addition to her deck duties, Slaughter will serve as the women's recruiting coordinator, the men's and women's academic coordinator and will arrange team travel for the Huskies.

'The University of Washington is an excellent academic institution with an impressive swimming program,' say Slaughter. 'I expect to learn a great deal from head coach Mickey Wender and believe he will be a great mentor to me as I continue my college coaching career. Coaching the Huskies is a fabulous opportunity and I look forward to an exciting season!'

Harada graduated from Washington last spring with a degree in English after leading the women's swimming team to a 19th place finish at the 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. During her four-year career, Harada rewrote the Husky record books, setting eight school records and becoming a five-time All-American. At last year's NCAA Championships, Harada placed fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyle events to earn first team All-America honors. She also earned honorable mention honors in the 200 freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Harada will work with the Husky swimmers to refine their swimming techniques and will assist with recruitment for the men's and women's teams.

'I'm anxious and excited to start working with the swimmers on their technique,' say Harada. 'Mickey has given me this great opportunity to continue to be part of the Husky swimming family and I am very grateful for that.'

The Husky swimming season debuts on Oct. 4 when the Huskies square-off against one another in Oktoberfest at 11 a.m. at Husky Pool.

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