No. 25 Washington Women's Swimming Upsets No. 10 Texas A&M
Oct. 29, 2005
SEATTLE- The 25th ranked Huskies out-swam 10th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon in a match that turned out to be the biggest win ever for Washington under head coach Mickey Wender. In a meet that saw the Huskies finish first in eight events, the women beat the Aggies by a score of 147-115.
'I really proud of our girls,' said Wender. 'The last 2.5 hours took our program to another level and I'm so grateful to Texas A&M University for bringing their 10th ranked team here. The opportunity we had to compete against that caliber opponent are few and far between and to get up and have our women do what they did today is special. We got a lot better today. We had a taste of what it's like to compete with a top-notch opponent and we stepped up and really did a great job. I'm so proud of all of them, from top to bottom.'
Senior co-captain Sharon Olson lead the Huskies with two first-place finishes, including wins in the 1000 freestyle (10:13.50) and the 200 backstroke(2:02.50). Olson's time in the 1000 free was the team's fastest of the season in an event in which she holds the school record. Her 200 back time was also a season best and ranks her sixth all-time in school history.
'Sharon Olson is getting back to form,' said Wender. 'I think her 1,000 (free) was very good and her 200 back was very good.'
Jessica Buchanan finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.94) in the event that proved to be the turning point of the meet when the Huskies were able to sweep the Aggies, finishing in the top three spots. Caitlyn Shortt took second with a time of 2:19.54, while Maryann Boosalis finished third with a time of 2:21.16.
Freshman Kimberly Jasmer also had a very strong showing on the day, finishing first in the 500 freestyle (4:54.75) with the fifth-fastest time in school history. Jasmer was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay team (Liya Liu, Rachel Seely, Brittany Epperson, Jasmer) that finished first with a season-best time of 3:24.80.
'Kim Jasmer just continues to impress me with the way she's improving every single week,' said Wender. 'She's doing a great job for us.'
Liu was a part of the 200 medley relay team (Liu, Shortt, Epperson, Seely) that finished first with a season-best time of 1:46.03. Liu also took first in the 100 freestyle with another season-best time of 51.44.
'Liya Liu was awesome,' says Wender. 'To win that 100 (free) in 51.44 and then beating the girl in the 200 and then coming back to lead off our freestyle relay with a time of 51.17, that is fast. Liya has had to battle back from a lot of adversity and I'm really proud of her. She has been through some challenging things and has come back better than ever and is a great leader. Our women have really rallied around her and rely on her to help them. She's awesome.'
Shortt took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.84.
'Caitlyn Shortt had a great day,' said Wender. 'At the beginning of this week, I didn't know if Caitlyn was going to be able to swim in the meet because she was sick and tired.
'We beat them and one of our goals was to beat them by more than 32 pints and we beat them by exactly 32. That's the diving point deficit. If we were at their pool and swam the same times, we would have tied because of their uncontested diving points. I didn't tell the girls that but I did tell them all week that I thought they were going to win the meet.'
The Husky women compete next in the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif. The two-day meet will be held from November 4-5 with action beginning at 7:00 p.m. both nights.