Caitlyn Shortt Falls Just Short Of Lifetime Best At NCAA Championships

March 17, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Freshman Caitlyn Shortt was Washington's only swimmer to compete Thursday in the opening day of the Women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on the campus of Purdue.

Shortt, who was seeded 58th in the 200 IM, finished the event in a time of 2:04.23 to place 51st. Shortt swam the fourth-fastest time in Husky history earlier this season with a time of 2:03.41.

Shortt will return to the pool tomorrow along with teammates Jessica Buchanan and Desiree Johnson. Shortt and Buchanan will swim in the 100 breaststroke and Johnson will swim in the 100 backstroke.

Shortt is the school record holder in the 100 breaststroke and is seeded 39th in the event with a time of 1:03.20. Buchanan is seeded 44th in the event with a time of 1:03.40, which is the second-fastest time in Washington history.

Johnson is seeded 24th in the 100 backstroke with a school record time of 54.81 set at the 2004 Pac-10 Invitational.

Preliminary heats begin Friday at 11 am with finals beginning at 7 pm.

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