Kukors Wins Pac-10 Title in the 400 IM
Feb. 29, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Freshman sensation Ariana Kukors claimed her second Pac-10 individual championship on Friday at the Pac-10 Conference Women's Championships, winning the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:05.29.
It was the second title for Kukors in as many days after she won the 200 individual medley yesterday. The Huskies now have three individual titles, two from Kukors and one from Kim Jasmer, who won the 500 freestyle yesterday.
Kukors defeated Stanford sophomore Julia Smit, who swam a 4:08.09 and was the reigning Pac-10 champion, to avenge an earlier loss to Smit at a dual meet against the Cardinal back on November 3.
Also for the Huskies in the 400 IM, Jennifer Gong placed 18th with a time of 4:17.68, which is the second-fastest time in UW history.
Genevieve Patterson led three Huskies that placed in the 100 breaststroke, taking sixth place with an NCAA A qualifying time of 1:01.33, good for No. 2 in the UW record books. Her time is also the 13th-fastest in NCAA Division I this season. Jessica Buchanan placed 13th with a time of 1:02.65, which ranks No. 3 all-time at Washington, and Maryann Boosalis came in 22nd with a time of 1:05.25.
In the 100 butterfly, Erin Campbell set a new UW record with a time of 53.15 in the preliminaries. That mark ties her for the 13th-best time in the country this season.
Three other Huskies ¬- Marisa Chang, Kim Kripps and Maggie Bever ¬¬¬- also had times that placed them in the UW Top 10 in the 100 butterfly. Chang placed 22nd with a time of 55.33, good for sixth-best, while Kripps took 23rd in a time of 55.42, and Bever placed 24th with a time of 55.66.
Bever swam a 55.20 in the prelims of the 100 butterfly, which ranks No. 4 all-time at the UW, and Kripps swam a 55.26 in the prelims, good for No. 5 all-time.
Erin Campell placed 10th in the 100 backstroke for Washington with a time of 54.79, which is the second-best time in school history, while Mary Patterson placed 20th with a time of 56.50.
In the 200 freestyle, Jasmer took 13th in a time of 1:48.30.
In the final event of the night, the Huskies 400 medley relay team of Kukors, Genevieve Patterson, Campbell and Jasmer placed sixth in a school-record time of 3:39.70. Kukors leadoff leg time of 53.93 in the 100 backstroke broke her previous school record of 54.00.
Washington remained in seventh place in the team standings for the second straight day with 425 points. Arizona (1,027) continues to lead Stanford (964) and California (830) in the race for the conference title. UCLA (652) is in fourth place, followed by USC (514), Arizona State (482.5), Washington, Oregon State (270) and Washington State (236.5).
The Pac-10 Championships conclude 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.