Kim Harada's NCAA Automatic Qualifying Time Highlights Day Two Of the Husky Invitational
Nov. 30, 2001
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Washington junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) became the first Husky swimmer in head coach Mickey Wender's four-year tenure to record an NCAA automatic qualifying time, posting a time of 22.82 in the 50 freestyle, Friday in day two action of the 54th annual Husky Invitational.
Harada's time of 22.82, which she recorded in the morning's preliminaries, also beat her own previous school record of 23.30, which she set at last year's Pac-10 championships. The time, which is the fastest in the nation so far in 2001, assures Harada of her first trip to the NCAA championship meet, which will be held in Austin, Texas, March 21-23, 2002.
'Without question, Kim's 50 freestyle is probably the best swim that I've ever been associated with here at Washington,' Wender said. 'She's worked and trained very hard and has done everything we've asked of her, so I'm not surprised, just really excited and proud of her.'
Harada would later go on to place second in the finals of the 50 free Friday night, coming in behind UCLA's Sara Platzer, who won the event in 22.91. The Huskies also finished second in the 400 medley relay with a season-best and senior-national qualifying effort of 3:49.44.
'It was a great team day, especially for our women,' Wender said. 'They're really coming together and getting stronger as a group.'
The 10th-ranked UCLA women's squad led the team competition, winning four of the five events, recording six NCAA B qualifying times and breaking the meet records in both the 200 free relay (1:32.34) and the 200 IM (Malin Svahnstrom - 2:01.37).
On the men's side, the Huskies combined to win three events, including a first through third place sweep in both the 200 freestyle (1:24.28) and 400 medley (3:21.49) relays. Senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) was the only individual winner for the UW Friday, posting a time of 21.02 in the 50 freestyle, an event in which the Huskies placed 12 in the top 14.
Washington sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) also recorded an NCAA B qualifying time en route to a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley (1:49.62).
The Husky Invitational continues Saturday with day three action at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center. The preliminaries are slated for a 9:30 a.m. start, while the finals are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
(Complete meet results are posted on Washington's official website: www.gohuskies.com)