Huskies Place Sixth at SMU Classic
Oct. 22, 2005
DALLAS- Washington Women's swimming wrapped up the final day of competition at the SMU classic on Saturday with a strong outing, finishing with six season-best times and two top-ten times in school history. Washington finished in sixth place with 202 points behind South Carolina (213), Wisconsin (299), UCLA (302), Florida (308) and SMU (320).
'I think that we learned a lot at this meet,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'We are definitely a much better team then when we came here and we had much better performances across the board in comparison to yesterdays events.'
Saturday's events included the three meter dive, an event that the Huskies are unable to partake in because they do not field a diving team. Excluding the diving events, Washington out-swam South Carolina by a score of 202-181.
'Unfortunately we were unable to overcome the 32 uncontested points that South Carolina picked up due to diving events,' says Wender. 'Our girls were still able to keep it close and I am proud of them for the effort that they displayed at this meet.'
Freshman Kimberly Jasmer set the tone for Washington, finishing with a season-best time in the 500 freestyle (4:55.43) and the eighth-fastest time in school history.
Senior co-captain Liya Lui also showed a strong outing, finishing with the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.62.
The Husky relays proved to be heading in the right direction, finishing with a season-best time in the 400 freestyle relay (Rachel Seely, Sharon Olson, Lui, Caitlynn Shortt) with a time of 3:28.29. Seely, Lui, Maggie Bever and Jasmer also teamed up for a season-best time in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:35.40.
Other strong performances were Olson in the 200 backstroke with a season-best time of 2:05.69 and Shortt in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 2:06.16.
The Husky women will have a week to rest before they return to action in Seattle to face No. 10 Texas A&M on Saturday October 29.
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