Huskies In Seventh After Second Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 23, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington women's swimming team earned 99 points on the second night of competition at the Pac-10 Championships but slipped one position to seventh place. Arizona is in first place with 474 points, followed by Stanford in second (443), UCLA in third (410), California in fourth (357), Arizona State in fifth (217), Oregon State in eighth (166) and Washington State in ninth (159).

Freshman Kim Jasmer kicked off the second night with a school record time of 4:49.15 in the 500 freestyle. The time eclipsed the previous record of current Husky senior Sharon Olson (4:50.00) and was fast enough for an NCAA 'B' consideration time.

Junior Blythe Murray also swam a personal best in the preliminary heat with a time of 4:58.68.

Six Huskies posted lifetime bests in the 200 individual medley preliminaries, including Crystal Rawlings (2:6.47), Maryann Boosalis (2:07.13), Liz Johnson (2:08.64), Katie Schaeffer (2:09.83), Shandra Case (2:10.55) and Mary Patterson (2:10.95). Jessica Buchanan advanced to the bonus finals where she placed 22nd with a time of 2:05.93.

Junior Brittany Epperson placed 11th overall in the 50 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' consideration time of 23.33, just shy of her personal best time of 23.16 set earlier this season, which ranks second on the UW all-time list.

Freshman Lindsay Sharp also performed well in the 50 freestyle, posting a lifetime best time of 23.92 in the 50 freestyle preliminaries.

The Huskies, the only team in the Pac-10 without a diving program, forfeited its point opportunities in the one-meter diving event to slip from sixth place to seventh.

Washington closed out the second day of competition with a seventh place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Epperson, Jasmer, Rachel Seely and Olson combined for an NCAA 'B' consideration time of 1:33.33.

'I am very excited for and proud of Kim Jasmer,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Her school record in the 500 freestyle was certainly the highlight of the day for us. Some athletes are the total package and she is exceptional in every way, from the way she treats her teammates and coaches, to the way she swims, to what she does in the classroom. I am so proud of her and this is only the beginning. Kim Jasmer is going to break many Husky records.

'We didn't compete in too many events tonight, the events really get cracking for us tomorrow, but we are off to one of our best starts in years. We were in sixth place before the diving event but ASU was able to pull ahead of us with 29 diving points. We are out-swimming ASU, however, which is a goal of ours.'

Competition continues tomorrow with the three-meter dive, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.

Team Standings thru Day 21. University of Arizona 474 
2. Stanford University 443
3. Univ California Los Angeles 410
4. Univ of Southern California 390
5. Univ of California Berkeley 357
6. Arizona State University 217
7. University of Washington 193
8. Oregon State University 166
9. Washington State University 159
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