Four Huskies Earn All-American Status At NCAAs
March 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Washington swim coach Whitney Hite knew day two would be the Huskies' opportunity to make some noise in the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships and the Huskies did just that, setting four school records and moving up from 24th to 15th in the standings heading into the final day of competition at the Student Rec Center Natatorium.
The Huskies finished 10th in the 200 medley relay, earning honorable mention All-American status for Hannah Ross, Genevieve Patterson, Erin Campbell and Lindsey Sharp, setting a school record in the process. Patterson and Campbell then went on to earn All-American status in individual events, with Patterson finishing ninth in the 100 breast and Campbell finishing in the top 16 in two events - the 100 fly and 100 back.
The night started with Ross, Patterson, Campbell and Sharp touching the wall in 1:38.25, a time which was .17 faster than their school-record setting time from last month's Pac-10 Championships. They had qualified 16th in the prelims to just squeak into the 'B' final, then brought their 'A' game in the finals to finish 10th.
Campbell then earned All-American status in the 100 fly for the second consecutive year, finishing 12th in 52.34. She had qualified 11th in the prelims in 52.28, which broke her own previous school record by .01.
Patterson followed with a ninth-place finish in the 100 breast to earn individual All-American honors for the first time in her career. She also broke her own school record in the prelims, finishing ninth in 59.77, just missing the 'A' final by .02 but lowering her school record by .11.
Campbell then earned All-American honors in the 100 back for the first time in her career, finishing 11th in 52.47 to cut another .13 off her school-record time after she lowered it in the prelims as well. Campbell has now earned All-American honors seven times in her career.
'Erin was a superstar today,' Hite said. 'She had so many swims - seven total today - and that's a lot to ask. But she was really good and hopefully we haven't burned her out.'
The Huskies scored 36 points on Friday, more than they were expected to score for the entire meet based on qualifying times.
'The relays were thrilling, I don't think we've ever worked so hard for two points as we did tonight,' Hite said. 'We're in 15th right now and know we're not going to get 14th but we have a death grip on 15th and just need to make sure we hold on. LSU, Purdue, Hawai'i and Houston all have diving so we'll dig in and try to hold on and see what happens. This is a tough group and they scratch and claw and knew what they had to do today and they did it. The entire athletic department should be proud of them.'
Radovic competed in the 200 free prelims earlier in the day, finishing 28th in 1:46.66, which is a career-best and moves her up to No. 2 all time in UW history. Sharp also competed in the 200 free, finishing 62nd in 1:49.35.
Gong also swam an individual event in the morning session, finishing 45th in the 400 IM in 4:18.67. Fellow freshman Hannah Ross competed in the prelims of the 100 back with Campbell, finishing 28th in 53.43.
The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday with Patterson competing in the 200 breast, and Campbell and Ross swimming in the 200 back where Campbell is seeded third. Radovic will also compete in the 1650 free and the Huskies will cap the weekend in the 400 free relay.