Husky Swimmers Seek Olympic Berths

June 27, 2008

SEATTLE - A bevy of Husky swimmers will look to fulfill their dreams of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics over the next week as the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials take place June 29-July 6 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

A total of 10 Huskies, nine on the current squad and one incoming freshman, will hit the pool starting Sunday looking for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. With 10 Huskies competing in a total of 21 events, UW will be represented in 15 of the 26 preliminary races.

The group is headlined by Ariana Kukors, who will compete in a total of seven events. In all, six women and four men will be competing over the next week. Kukors, a standout freshman last season at UW, is the favorite to punch a ticket to Beijing as she comes in with the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the nation in the 200-meter individual medley. She also boasts the fifth-best time this year in the 400 IM. Kukors will also compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke races, where she's ranked 16th and 11th, respectively, along with the 200-meter freestyle (13th), 200-meter backstroke (14th) and the 100-meter freestyle (46th).

Husky senior Kim Jasmer will compete in four events (50, 100,200 and 400 free) while junior Erin Campbell will compete in three events (100 and 200 back and 100 butterfly).

Additionally, senior Genevieve Patterson will compete in the 100 breaststroke where she is ranked 14th in the country. Lindsey Sharp, a senior who will compete in the 50-meter freestyle, and incoming freshman Danielle Gong, who will swim the 200-meter IM, round out the list of women's swimmers representing UW.

On the men's side, Husky senior captain Jon Baker leads four UW men into the trials as he will compete in the 100-meter backstroke. Banker will be joined by senior Evan Bernier (100 free), sophomore Russ Mahan (100 breast) and senior Scott Spansail (400 free).

The fastest 16 individuals from preliminaries in races 200 meters or shorter will advance to the semifinals. From there, the eight fastest individuals will advance to the final race.

SCHEDULE (All Times Central)

Sunday, June 29

Erin Campbell - Women's 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, 11 a.m.
Scott Spansail - Men's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries, 11 a.m.
Ariana Kukors - Women's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries, 11 a.m.
Russ Mahan - Men's 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m. (Potential Huskies in parentheses)
Women's 100 FLY semifinal (Campbell)
Men's 400 FREE FINAL (Spansail)
Women's 400 IM FINAL (Kukors)
Men's 100 BREAST semifinal (Mahan)

Monday, June 30

Erin Campbell - Women's 100-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Ariana Kukors - Women's 100-meter breaststroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Genevieve Patterson - Women's 100-meter breaststroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Jon Banker - Men's 100-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Kim Jasmer - Women's 400-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 100 BREAST semifinal (Campbell)
Women's 100 FLY FINAL (Campbell)
Men's 100 BREAST FINAL (Mahan)
Women's 100 BREAST semifinal (Kukors, Patterson)
Men's 100 BACK semifinal (Banker)
Women's 400 FREE FINAL (Jasmer)

Tuesday, July 1

Ariana Kukors - Women's 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley prelims, 11 a.m.
Kim Jasmer - Women's 200-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.
Danielle Gong - Women's 200-meter individual medley prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 FREE semifinal (Kukors, Jasmer)
Women's 100 BACK FINAL (Campbell)
Men's 100 BACK FINAL (Banker)
Women's 100 BREAST FINAL (Kukors, Patterson)
Women's 200 IM semifinal (Kukors, Gong)

Wednesday, July 2

Evan Bernier - Men's 100-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Men's 100 FREE semifinal (Bernier)
Women's 200 FREE FINAL (Kukors, Jasmer)
Women's 200 IM FINAL (Kukors, Gong)

Thursday, July 3

Ariana Kukors - Women's 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Kim Jasmer - Women's 100-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45
Women's 100 FREE semifinal (Kukors, Jasmer)
Men's 100 FREE FINAL (Bernier)
Women's 200 BREAST semifinal (Kukors)

Friday, July 4

Ariana Kukors - Women's 200-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Erin Campbell - Women's 200-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 BREAST FINAL (Kukors)
Women's 200 BACK semifinal (Kukors, Campbell)
Women's 100 FREE FINAL (Kukors, Jasmer)

Saturday, July 5

Kim Jasmer - Women's 50-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.
Lindsey Sharp - Women's 50-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 BACK FINAL (Kukors, Campbell)
Women's 50 FREE semifinal (Jasmer, Sharp)

Sunday, July 6

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 50 FREE FINAL (Jasmer, Sharp)

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