UW Women Impressive on First Day of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The No. 24 University of Washington women's swimming team turned in an impressive performance on the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Women's Championships, as two of their relay teams qualified for the NCAA Championships and set school records in the process.

Only two events were held on the first night of the championships and both were relays. Washington's 200 medley relay team of Ariana Kukors, Genevieve Patterson, Maggie Bever and Emilee Jennings set a new school-record by almost four full seconds on their way to a fourth-place finish. Their time of 1:38.84 broke the previous school record of 1:42.50 set earlier this season in a dual meet against Ohio State.

The Huskies 800 freestyle relay shattered the school record by more than 10 seconds with a time of 7:06.92. Kukors teamed up with Kim Jasmer, Petra Radovic and Erin Campbell for a third-place finish and the eighth-best time in NCAA Division I so far this year.

Both teams easily qualified for the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, from March 20-22.

Washington stands in fourth place with 106 points after day one. California, with 118 points, holds a two-point lead over second-place Arizona, and a six-point lead over third-place Stanford. Following the UW is USC (97), UCLA (96), Arizona State (93), Oregon State (90) and Washington State (80).

Kukors, who trains locally with the King Aquatic Club, now has her name on 10 school records. She set seven individual records during the regular season and has also been a part of three record-setting relay teams.

The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow night at 6 p.m, at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. Five individual events and one relay event are on the schedule. The championships conclude on Saturday.

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