The Captain's Blog #3

March 3, 2009

Nothing excited the Husky women more than hearing the announcement about our 5th place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. The hard work that we put into this year definitely paid off for us, as we placed higher than ASU and UCLA for the first time in the program's history. We faced challenges throughout the year as we traveled all over the country to race some of the best teams in the nation to get us ready for Pac-10s and NCAAs. During the dual meet season, we raced every Pac-10 school so we would be fully prepared when it came time for the conference meet.

With the loss of two major point scorers from last year's championships and only fifteen girls on our squad this year, every single one of us were thrown into a position to step up and score as many points as we could with the few number of us. We met the challenge head on, scoring 74 points more than last year, moving up two places and surpassing two teams (ASU and UCLA) that earned diving points.

We started off the meet strong on Wednesday night with a 3rd place finish and a school record in the 200 medley relay, and a 5th place finish in the 800 free relay. The energy continued onto the second day where each girl raced hard. After Thursday night's finals session, Whitney challenged us to 'punish' people the next day. We definitely stepped up to the test, raced our hearts out, and had some of our best races on Friday. Every girl swam aggressively and achieved best times. The momentum kept rolling onto the last day of competition. Our tough mental attitude led to great prelim swims which put us in a position to score many points in the finals. We fought to take away as many points as we could from UCLA. And in the end, we punished people and made a statement about our toughness, our heart and our character.

Since the competition was held in Federal Way, we were lucky enough to have so many fans and supporters cheering us on from parents, alumni and our very own men's team. It was great to see our male counterparts cheering for us in the stands. Everyone's support got us even more excited to swim fast.

As of right now, there are five Husky women who are going to College Station, Texas, to compete at NCAAs. Erin Campbell has automatic qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Genna Patterson will be competing in the breaststroke events and Hannah Ross will swim the backstroke events. Petra Radovic secured a spot in the 1650 and Lindsey Sharp will join a team of Hannah, Genna, and Erin in the 400 Medley relay. It will be an exciting meet as the girls try to swim to a team placing of 12th or better.

Pac-10's proved to be yet another success for our swim team. We produced great results and every girl swam best times. Our 5th place standing in the Pac-10 conference could not have been more rewarding for all the hard work that we put into this season. I have no doubt that Whitney and his program will bring home a Pac-10 Championship title in the future.

GO DAWGS!

Jen Gong

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