Huskies In Eighth Place After Third Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 24, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington women's swimming team is in eighth place at the Pac-10 Championships after the third day of competition with 312 points. Arizona is in first place with 889 points, followed by Stanford in second (842), UCLA in third (837), USC in fourth (761.5), California in fifth (748.5), Arizona State in sixth (448.5), Oregon State in seventh (333.5) and Washington State in ninth (213).

The Huskies excelled in the 200 freestyle, posting three of the nine-fastest in Washington history. Freshman Kim Jasmer placed eighth overall with a time of 1:49.65 but her preliminary mark of 1:48.36 was the third-fastest ever by a Husky and was an NCAA 'B' consideration time.

Senior Sharon Olson won the 200 freestyle consolation final to place ninth overall with a time of 1:48.18, which ranks No. 2 on the UW all-time list.

Junior Blythe Murray also broke into the Washington 200 freestyle top-10 list with a preliminary time of 1:51.66, which ranks ninth on the Huskies' all-time chart.

Two other UW freshman broke into the Huskies top-10 lists Friday night, including Maryann Boosalis in the 100 breaststroke and Marisa Chang in the 100 butterfly.

Boosalis won the 100 butterfly bonus final and placed 17th overall with a time of 1:03.94, which ranks sixth on the UW all-time list. Sophomore Jessica Buchanan was Washington's top performer in the event, placing 13th with a time of 1:03.71. Senior Crystal Rawlings also had a strong swim in the 100 breaststroke, posting a lifetime best mark of 1:06.76 in the preliminary heat.

Chang placed 19th in the 100 butterfly with a lifetime best mark of 56.52, which ranks seven on the UW all-time list. Freshman Kim Kripps posted a lifetime best mark in the event with a time of 57.27 to place 23rd. Junior Brittany Epperson also swam in the finals this evening, placing 24th with a time of 57.90, more than a second off of her preliminary mark of 56.82.

Only two Washington swimmers competed in the 400 individual medley and both tallied career-best times. Freshman Shandra Case placed 21st overall with a time of 4:31.46, while freshman Katie Schaeffer posted a personal best time of 4:39.78 in the preliminary.

Sophomore Mary Patterson was the only Husky to qualify for the 100 backstroke final and she finished 24th with a time of 58.38. Patterson had posted a lifetime best in the preliminary heat with a time of 58.24. Three other Huskies had personal bests in the 100 backstroke preliminary, including Kripps (58.99), Liz Johnson (59.23) and Chang (59.51).

Washington wrapped up the third day of the Pac-10 Championships with a ninth place finish in the 400 medley relay. Patterson, Boosalis, Chang and Rachel Seely combined for a time of 3:51.06 in the event.

The Pac-10 Championships wrap up Saturday with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.

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