Senior Spotlight: Maggie Bever

March 4, 2008

Maggie Bever's career as a swimmer at the University of Washington has been extended by three more weeks and she couldn't be more excited. That is because for the first time in her career, Bever qualified for nationals last week after a strong performance at the Pac-10 Conference Women's Championships.

Bever will get the chance to represent the purple and gold March 20-22 at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, in what will be her final meet as a Husky.

'I am so privileged to be able to finish my career on such a high note and I'm very excited,' said Bever.

One year after qualifying just one female for nationals, the Huskies will be sending Bever and seven of her teammates after the team had a strong showing at the Pac-10 Championships last weekend in Long Beach, Calif.

On the first night of the meet, Bever teamed with Ariana Kukors, Genevieve Patterson and Emilee Jennings in the 200 medley relay to qualify for the NCAAs in a school-record time of 1:38.84. It was a moment that Bever called her most memorable as a Husky swimmer, as the team shaved almost four full seconds off of the previous school record.

She went on to place 24th in three events and in the process earned herself a spot in the Husky record books with her times in each event. In the 200 individual medley she swam a 2:02.91 in the preliminaries, which ranks good for No. 6 all-time at the UW, and in the 100 freestyle she swam a 50.61 in the prelims, which also ranks No. 6. In the 100 butterfly, she swam a 55.20 in the prelims, which was good for fourth-best.

'We had a lot of success at Pac-10s this year,' said Bever of her team's seventh-place showing. 'This year we are a completely different team and we will continue to get better each year until we are the best.'

Bever came to the UW from Campolindo High School in Orinda, Calif., after choosing Washington over Brown, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.

'Seattle is amazing and the people on my recruiting trip were awesome,' said Bever about why she chose to attend the UW.

As a freshman, she swam six different events for the Huskies as a freshman. She tallied 10 top-five finishes that year and won the 100 freestyle in a dual meet against Simon Frasier.

In her junior season, Bever helped the 800 freestyle relay team set a new school record at the Pac-10 Championships, a record that was broken this year at the Pac-10s. She also took 22nd in the 100 freestyle at the meet that year.

Her success these past two seasons she attributes to the coaching of second-year head coach Whitney Hite.

'Whitney has been an incredible coach and my success in these last two years I contribute to him. He has taught me to never set limits for myself in the swimming, and his belief in me made me believe in (myself).'

Bever will graduate in June with a degree in psychology and plans to go into the nursing field eventually. In the meantime, she and her teammates will spend the next few weeks prepping for the biggest meet of their careers.

'The main goal at NCAAs is to be top ten as a team and show everyone out there that the Huskies are now a threat.'

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