Women's Swimming In Fourth Place After First Day Of SMU Classic

DALLAS--The Washington women's swimming team had five athletes break into the school's top 10 list with career-best swims this evening in the first day of the SMU Swimming & Diving Classic. The Huskies are currently in fourth place of the six team meet with 123 points, trailing meet leaders Florida (181.5), SMU (164) and Indiana (130). South Carolina (122.5) is in fifth place and TCU is in sixth (107).

Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) finished second in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.34 to rank No. 2 on the Husky all-time charts. It also marked UW's first NCAA qualifying time of the season.

Newcomers Nicole Bernard (Seattle, Wash.) and Brittany Epperson (Olympia, Wash.) also crack into Washington's top ten list in their first meet as Huskies. Bernard placed third in the consolation final of the 100 backstroke in a time of 57.81 to rank 10th on the all-time list. Epperson placed third in the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.81, which ties for the seventh-fastest time on the Husky charts with Olson.

Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) and Annissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) each posted fourth place finishes in personal best times. Jo swam the 400 IM in 4:21.95 for the No. 4 spot on the UW list, while Hilyard tied her personal best time of 56.53 set last season, which ranks No. 5 on the all-time charts.

'Our women swam great tonight,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'I am so proud of them. To be in fourth place without being able to participate in the diving events is huge. We over achieved and I am so proud of our Dawgs.'

The Husky women finish up the SMU Swimming & Diving Classic tomorrow with nine events, including the 400 free relay, 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 3M-dive, 100 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 200 free relay. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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