Three Swimmers Post Top-45 Finishes At NCAA Championships

March 18, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Three Washington swimmers competed this morning at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with all three Huskies posting top-45 finishes.

Freshman Caitlyn Shortt placed 31st in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.48, just shy of her school record time of 1:03.20. Shortt had been seeded 39th in the event.

Freshman Jessica Buchanan placed 45th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.57. She was just over a second slower than her lifetime best of 1:03.40, which ranks second on the UW all-time list behind Shortt.

Senior Desiree Johnson, who is making her second-straight NCAA appearance, placed 35th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.56. Johnson set the school record in the event with a time of 54.81 earlier this month.

All three women complete their NCAA competition Saturday as Shortt and Buchanan swim in the 200 breaststroke and Johnson will swim in the 200 backstroke.

Shortt 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 is seeded 35th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.88 set at the Pac-10 Championships. The time ranks third on the UW all-time list.

Johnson is seeded 45th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.74 posted at the Pac-10 Championships. She ranks third on Washington's all-time list in the event.

The meet, hosted by Purdue, will conclude Saturday at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center. Preliminary races begin at 11 am and finals begin at 7 pm.

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