Kim Jasmer Places 11th In 500 Free At NCAA Championships

March 8, 2007

SEATTLE- University of Washington sophomore Kim Jasmer finished 11th inthe 500-yard freestyle Thursday to open the 2007 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. She is UW's lone competitor at the meet and has put Washington in 25th place after the first day of competition.

The 11th place finish makes her an honorable mention All-American and she becomes the first Husky to win an All-America award since the 2002-03 season. She also becomes the first UW swimmer to earn points at thenational meet since the Huskies placed 19th at the 2003 NCAAChampionships.

'Kim did a real nice job tonight and I am so proud of her,' said head coach Whitney Hite. 'She had a terrific swim and was just a little bit off her personal best time, but to be 11th in the nation is pretty fantastic. I am real excited about where we are going and what we are doing. To be an All-American in your first NCAAs in your first event is very exciting and we look forward to more great swims tomorrow and Saturday.'

Jasmer advanced to tonight's final with a 16th place finish in thismorning's preliminary race with a time of 4:44.95, just off her schoolrecord time of 4:42.86 set at the Pac-10 Swimming and DivingChampionships two weeks ago. She improved that time to 4:43.71 in the final.

Jasmer has two events remaining at the championships, including the200-yard freestyle on Friday and 1650-yard freestyle on Saturday. She is seeded ninth in both events with school record times of 1:46.27 and16:14.96, respectively.

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