Campbell and Kukors Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

March 22, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ariana Kukors swam to a third-place finish in the 400 individual medley and Erin Campbell placed eighth in the 100 butterfly team earn All-America honors on day two of the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

The Huskies, who were in 16th-place after day one, have 82 points and are tied with Michigan for 10th-place, while Arizona continues to lead the team standings with 361 points. Two-time defending champion Auburn is in second place with 244 points and Texas A&M is in third place with 227 points.

Kukors, who placed second yesterday in the 200 individual medley, took third in a time of 4:04.82. Stanford's Julia Smit, whom Kukors defeated at the Pac-10 Conference Championships two weeks ago, won the national title in a time of 4:02.41. Auburn's Ava Ohlgren placed second in a time of 4:04.07.

The Huskies 200 medley relay team of Kukors, Campbell, Genevieve Patterson and Emilee Jennings won the B final to place ninth in a time of 1:38.89.

UW head coach Whitney Hite said that Kukors sacrificed a chance at a national title in the 400 IM by swimming the leadoff leg of the 200 medley relay, which came directly before the 400 IM finals.

'I am so proud of her and what she did tonight,' said Hite. 'She was an ultimate team player and sacrificed her chance at a national championship. That's what great teammates do.

'Again, with Ari all of the credit goes to Sean (Hutchison),' said Hite, referring to Kukors club coach with the King Aquatic Club, which she trains with year-round as she prepares for the Olympic Trials.

Campbell also had an outstanding performance for the UW, taking eighth place in the 100 butterfly in a school-record time of 52.61 to earn All-America honors.

'Erin was simply outstanding tonight,' said Hite. 'She was a superstar for us and came through with a great swim.'

Washington's 800 freestyle relay team Kim Jasmer, Petra Radovic, Kukors and Campbell swam to a 12th place finish in a time of 7:09.60.

'I can't say enough about the job we did today,' said Hite. 'It was a great day for Washington swimming.'

The NCAA Championships wrap up tomorrow. The Huskies are seeking their best finish in school history. Their previous high was 16th-place in 1976, which was their first year of swimming.

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