Jasmer, Kukors Win Pac-10 Titles In School-Record Times
Feb. 28, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - University of Washington swimmers Kim Jasmer and Ariana Kukors both won Pac-10 titles on day two of the Pac-10 Conference Women's Championships, becoming just the second and third female swimmers in UW history to accomplish the feat.
Only one time since the UW joined the Pac-10 during the 1986-87 season had a Husky female won a conference individual title, with that coming in 2003 when Kim Harada won the 200 freestyle. But in a span of an hour, Jasmer and Kukors each claimed Pac-10 titles in school-record setting times and also qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Jasmer won the 500 freestyle with a time 4:41.51, breaking her mark of 4:42.86 set at last years conference championships.
Kukors followed that up by winning the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:55.48, breaking her previous school record of 1:56.49 set earlier this season.
'Ariana, I've said it before, she's as good as we thought she was. You've got to give (Kukors club team coach) Sean (Hutchison) credit. He's a terrific coach. It's just awesome that she's a part of our team, but Sean deserves all the credit.'
In the final event of the night, the Huskies 200 freestyle relay team took fifth place, but their time of 1:30.91 set a new school record and also qualified them for the NCAA Championships. Emilee Jennings, Erin Campbell, Lindsey Sharp and Jasmer broke the previous record of 1:31.65 set in 2003.
'For our girls to swim an (NCAA) A cut, which I thought was going to be our weakest relay, then bam we go out and get make NCAAs, it was just outstanding,' said Hite.
Sharp and Jennings also had strong performances for the Huskies in the 50 freestyle. Sharp took 16th in a time of 22.93, which is the second-best time in UW history, while Jennings finished in 20th-place with a time of 23.11, good for No. 3 in the UW record books.
In addition to Jasmer's title in the 500 free, Liz Johnson took 19th with a time of 4:52.58, which is the third-best time in UW history.
In the 200 IM, Jennifer Gong placed 15th in time of 2:01.87 and Maggie Bever placed 24th with a time of 2:04.44. Gong swam a 2:01.70 in the preliminaries, which ranks her No. 3 on the UW all-time career list, and Bever swam a 2:02.91, which ranks her No. 6 all-time.
One night after having two relay teams qualify for the NCAA Championships in March, the Huskies turned in another impressive performance and now have eight girls that will swim at nationals after having just one last year.
'Three school records, two individual champions, what more can you say,' said Hite. 'We were awesome tonight.'
The Huskies currently sit in seventh place in the team standings with 255 points. Arizona leads with 496 points and is trailed by Stanford (472) and California (396).
The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow with the prelims getting under way at 11 a.m., and the finals starting at 6 p.m. Five individual events and one relay event are on the schedule. The championships conclude on Saturday.