Washington Hosts 2009 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships
Feb. 20, 2009
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHAT: 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships.
WHERE: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 25 - Saturday, Feb. 28.
WHO: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for the 2009 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.
TICKETS: All tickets will be available at the King County Aquatic Center on the day of the event only.
*Admission is FREE on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
All Session Pass:
Student with ID/Senior $15.00
One Day Pass:
Student with ID/Senior: $6.00
LIVE STREAMING: The Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship will be streamed live by the Pac-10 Conference. To access the video go to www.pac-10.org. The streaming can be found on the right side of the page under Pac-10 All Access.
MEDIA CONTACT: The Washington sports information office will handle publicity for the 2009 Women's Swimming Championship. Rosie Leutzinger, the Huskies' swimming contact, can be reached at (206) 685-3119.
MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of the event, results will posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org), as well as on Washington's website (www.gohuskies.com). Please contact Regina Verlengiere at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.
PAC-10 SWIMMERS TO WATCH
ARIZONA's Lara Jackson received December's Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month honors after setting a new American, NCAA and school record in the 50 freestyle (21.33) at the Texas Invitational. Jackson set anoher school record at the same meet in the 100 butterfy. She turned in an 'A' cut time and finished first in the event. The senior will look to defend her Pac-10 title in the 50 freestyle and lead the Wildcats to a fourth straight Pac-10 Championship.
CALIFORNIA's Dana Vollmer is the two-time Pac-10 champion in the 100 butterfly. The Granbury, Texas, native will go for three straight at the 2009 Championships. Vollmer also possesses the second-fastest time in the nation in the 200 freestyle. Her time of 1:43.66 is a NCAA 'A' qualifying standard. In her final home dual meet of her career against rival Stanford on Feb. 14, Vollmer registered personal bests and Spieker Pool records in the 100 free (48.32), previously held by Cal's Natalie Coughlin, and the 200 free (1:43.66).
STANFORD's Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit continue to dominate for the Cardinal in the pool. The duo have combined to earn six NCAA 'A' standard times and seven 'B' qualifying times. Breeden is the two-time defending Pac-10 champion in the 200 butterfly. Smit was November's Women's Swimmer of the Month in the Pac-10. The Mt. Sinai, N.Y., native set a new world record in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:25.87, .65-second better than the previous record of 4:26:52 set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe. Smit has recorded NCAA 'A' cut times in the 200 free (1:43.56), 200 back (1:52.88), 200 IM (1:53.33) and the 400 IM (3:58.21). Both Breeden and Smit continued Stanford's tradition of Olympic excellence when they each medaled for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games. Smit helped the U.S. team to the podium with her preliminary efforts in two freestyle relay events - the 400-meter (silver) and the 800-meter (bronze). Breeden earned a silver medal for her heat-winning time in the 400 medley relay preliminaries. She was the top U.S. finisher in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.57.
USC's Rebecca Soni is a four-time NCAA champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist. The senior has already compiled NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 100-yard and 200-yard breastrokes with times of 59.48 and 2:07.69, respectively. The Plainsboro, N.J., native has also racked up NCAA consideration times in the 200 (2:00.64) and 400 IM (4:15.66).
Defending national champion ARIZONA enters the Pac-10 Championships with the top marks in the Conference in the 50, 100 and 500 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay and 200 and 400 medley relays. The Wildcats compete for their fourth straight Pac-10 Championship. Junior Ana Agy set newschool records in the 100 and 200 backstrokes this season at the Texas Invite. Head coach Frank Busch was recognized as the Arizona Daily Star's top sports figure of 2008 as he won his first two NCAA titles in the span of a week for the Wildcats. He was also inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
ARIZONA STATE brings a trio of freshmen to the Pac-10 meet for a burst of new energy. Jordyn Green, Sasha Stephens and Penelope Yamauchi have already made their marks on the Sun Devil program. Green is currently ranked in the top five on ASU's all-time lists in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Stephens is second all-time in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 back, while Yamauchi is one of the team's most versatile swimmers coming in at ninth in the 200 IM. Also, look for juniors Ashton Aubry and Jen Beckberger to have an impact for ASU.
No. 7 CALIFORNIA is led by senior Dana Vollmer in the freestyle events, but some young talent has also been big for the Golden Bears this season. Freshman Liv Jensen set Cal's Spieker Pool record in the 50 free with a time of 22.18, the sixth-fastest time in the nation this year. The Golden Bears have shown strength in the relays at the Pac-10 Championships, as they have won the last five 800-yard freestyle relay titles. Lauren Rogers has won back-to-back Pac-10 titles in the 100 backstroke and is the defending Conference champion in the 200 back. One of Cal's best distance competitors, Lauren Boyle set a school record in the 1650 free at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (16:03.51), before breaking her own record at the NCAA Championships a few weeks later.
OREGON STATE has racked up 45 dual wins this season by eight different swimmers in 13 events. The Beavers are led by seniors Saori Haruguchi and Kayla Rawlings, both having qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 butterfly. This is the fourth consecutive year Haruguchi has made herself eligible for the Championships. Eight OSU swimmers have earned spots on the Beavers' all-time lists, including Jenni Dole who ranks second in the 200 back and third in the 100 back and 100 fly. The Beavers have never finished higher than seventh at the Pac-10 Championships.
STANFORD is currently ranked second in the nation by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. With its win over rival California, Stanford finished the dual meet season undefeated for the second time in the last three years and the 15th time in program history. Of the previous 14 Stanford teams to finish the dual meet season without a loss, five won NCAA titles and 10 captured the Pac-10 Championship. The Cardinal have won 19 straight Pac-10 dual meets, dating back to the opening of the 2006-07 season (three straight years). Stanford's Elaine Breeden, Julia Smit and Liz Smith have turned in NCAA 'A' qualifying times this season, as well as, the Cardinal's 400 free relay team of Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, Breeden and Smit.
UCLA looks to improve on its fourth-place finish at last year's Pac-10 Championships. Senior Madeleine Stanton broke five records against crosstown rival USC this season. Her records included two school, two meet and one pool record in the backstroke events. Her time of 1:54.89 in the 200 backstroke broke a 15-year-old mark. Sophomore Lauren Hall also broke a school and meet record against the Trojans with a time of 4:13.44 in the 400 IM.
The USC women's team has won at least two individual Pac-10 titles in seven of the past eight seasons. USC is led by seniors Rebecca Soni and Kristen Lahey. Soni is USC's four-time NCAA Champion and has already registered two automatic qualifying times. Lahey set a school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.99, also a NCAA automatic qualifying time. In addition, Lahey holds NCAA consideration times in the 200 back and the 50 and 100 free. Newcomer Katinka Hosszu earned the Pac-10's Januray Swimmer of the Month honors as she upset Olympian Elaine Breeden of Stanford in the 200 butterfly, lowering her NCAA 'A' time to 1:54.26. Hosszu also holds NCAA consideration times in five other events.
The WASHINGTON women's swimming team is currently No. 25 in the country. The Huskies have seen two school records fall, while several other marks have been narrowly missed. Overall, Washington has posted nine individual NCAA 'B' times and four of its five relays have also earned 'B' times. Junior All-American Erin Campbell has led the way for the Huskies, setting a school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.08. Campbell has also moved up to No. 2 in the 200 IM, No. 3 in the 50 free and 100 free, No. 7 in the 200 free and No. 8 in the 200 fly on Washington's all-time listis. Senior Genevieve Patterson, also an All-American, is the other Husky to break a school record this year. Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:00.56 broke the school mark and also gave her a NCAA 'B' qualifying time.
WASHINGTON STATE head coach Erica Quam became the first coach in school history to have three 4-0 marks to start the season in her career at WSU. After defeating Idaho on Jan. 23, the Cougars had their first 5-0 start since the 1978-79 season. Sophomore Rugile Mileisyte broke the Gibb Pool record for the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.15. She also broke the WSU record in the 50 free twice during the course of the season, holding a time of 22.78, a NCAA 'B' standard. Senior Elyse Peterson broke a Washington State record as well, recording time of 1:01.81 in the 100 breaststroke.
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