Women's Swimming Has Record Performance At Pac-10 Invitational

Feb. 27, 2005

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The Washington women's swimming team competed in the Pac-10 Invitational today and had a strong performance. The meet was designed as a last-chance meet for athletes to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

The Huskies started off strong with the relay team of Desiree Johnson, Caitlyn Shortt, Brittany Epperson and Sharon Olson breaking the school record in the 200 medley relay. The swimmers finished in a time of 1:42.86, surpassing the previous record of 1:42.96 set at the 2003 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships.

Johnson also broke the school record in the 100 backstroke, posting a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.81 in the event. Johnson broke her own record of 55.06 set at the Pac-10 Championship last season.

'Desiree swam great for us today,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'She has been clutch for us and I am so proud of her. I am confident that her swim is fast enough for her to be invited to the NCAA Championships.'

Freshman Caitlyn Shortt swam a lifetime best in the 200 breaststroke, posting the second-fastest time in school history (2:14.90). The time was a provisional qualifier and Wender expects Shortt to be invited to the NCAA Championship.

'We had quite a day today after a disappointing Pac-10 Championship,' said Wender. 'We swam better every day this week and even made up 40 points against Oregon State on Sunday but it wasn't enough. We are a young team and are learning every time we get in the pool. I believe Husky fans will have a lot to look forward to in the future with this group.'

The Huskies now wait to hear which athletes will be invited to the NCAA Championship. The announcement is expected Thursday.

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