Huskies Place Eighth At 2006 Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington women's swimming team finished eighth overall at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships with 414 points. The Huskies finished the meet with 37 lifetime best swims to finish behind conference champion Arizona (1,325 points) and runner-up UCLA (1,246.5). Stanford placed third (1,227), followed by USC in fourth (1,162.5), California in fifth (1,082.5), Arizona State in sixth (670.5), Oregon State in seventh (483.5) and Washington State in ninth (399).

Sophomore Jessica Buchanan posted Washington's highest finish of the day, placing 15th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.25, which was an NCAA 'B' time. Freshman Maryann Boosalis placed 23rd in the event (2:21.03) after posting an NCAA consideration time in the preliminary (2:17.47).

Senior Sharon Olson swam the 100 freestyle as exhibition and recorded the third-fastest time in Washington history with an NCAA consideration time of 50.53. Junior Brittany Epperson placed 16th overall in the 100 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' time of 50.89. Freshman Lindsay Sharp also posted a lifetime best mark in the 100 freestyle with a time of 25.09 in the preliminary heat.

Freshman Kim Kripps swam Washington's fastest time of the season in the 200 butterfly preliminary with a time of 2:04.97 and placed 23rd in the final (2:05.57). Freshman Marisa Change also swam a lifetime best in the event with a mark of 2:05.09 in the preliminary before finishing 24th in the final (2:06.53).

Freshman Liz Johnson swam a personal best in the 200 backstroke preliminary with a time of 2:05.22. Her 100 backstroke split of 1:01.72 was also a lifetime best, en route to a 22nd place finish (2:05.55). Sophomore Mary Patterson also posted a lifetime best mark in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.66.

Olson placed 16th in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:05.43, followed by senior Megan Bright, who placed 17th with a personal best time of 17:06.33, which ranks 10th on the UW all-time chart. Blythe Murray placed 22nd in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:31.85 and freshman Katie Schaeffer posted a lifetime best mark in the event with a time of 18:11.14.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Kim Jasmer, Epperson, Rachel Seely and Olson combined for a sixth place finish in a season-best time of 3:24.38. Sharp's leadoff time for the 'B' relay was a lifetime best (52.50), as was Murray's leadoff time for the 'C' relay (52.52).

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