Huskies Finish Eighth Overall in the Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 26, 2005

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- After the final day of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships, Washington finished eighth overall with a total of 468 points. Stanford led the field with a total of 1,499 points, however several Huskies had very strong showings on Saturday.

The Huskies were led by Sharon Olson who finished ninth overall in the 1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:46.30 was a season best mark for Washington and was good enough to move her into fifth all-time in school history.

Jessica Buchanan finished strong in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.88, which was good enough to earn her tenth place. Fellow Husky Caitlyn Shortt placed just ahead of Buchanan with a time of 2:15.56. Shortt also was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team (Olson, Shortt, Brittany Epperson, Desiree Johnson) that placed fifth overall with a time of 3:23.62 to earn Washington another 50 points.

Sophomore Brittany Epperson earned tenth place honors in the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 50.69. Epperson's time was fast enough to move her into second in school history in this event. Liya Liu also swam in the 100-yard freestyle, placing 22nd and tying her season best time of 52.31.

The NCAA Women's Championships are March 17-19 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS: 1) Stanford University 1499 2) University of Arizona 1237 3) Univ of California, Berkeley 1088.5 4) Univ of Calif, Los Angeles 986 5) Univ of Southern California 954.5 6) Arizona State University 926.5 7) Oregon State University 504.5 8) University of Washington 468 9) Washington State University 334

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