Three Women's Swimmers Advance To NCAA Championships

March 4, 2005

SEATTLE-- Three Washington swimmers have been invited to swim at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., Mar. 17-19. Senior Desiree Johnson will make her second-straight appearance, while freshmen Caitlyn Shortt and Jessica Buchanan will make their first trip.

Johnson will swim the 100 and 200 backstroke events. She is seeded 24th in the 100 backstroke with a school record time of 54.81 set at the Pac-10 Invitational last week. Johnson is seeded 45th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.74 posted at the Pac-10 Championships. She ranked third on Washington's all-time list in the event.

Shortt will swim three events for the Huskies, including the 200 individual medley and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She is seeded 58th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.41, which ranks fourth in the UW all-time list. Shortt set the school record in the 100 breaststroke against Hawaii in February with a time of 1:03.20 and is ranked 39th at the NCAA Championship. She is ranked 24th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.90 set at the Pac-10 Invitational. The time is the second-fastest in UW history.

Buchanan will swim both breaststroke events. She is ranked 44th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.40 and 35th in the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.88. Both times were set at the Pac-10 Championships. Buchanan ranks second all-time at Washington in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 breaststroke.

The meet, hosted by Purdue, will take place at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center.