UW's Luke Ekhoff Qualifies For Three Events At The NCAA Men's Swimming And Diving Championships

March 17, 2002

SEATTLE - University of Washington sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) has been selected to participate in three events at this year's NCAA men's swimming championships in Athens, Ga. Husky sophomore John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) also was selected as an alternate for the 1650 freestyle in the four-day meet held March 28-30.

Ekhoff, who is making his first career trip to the national meet, becomes the first UW men's swimmer to go to the NCAAs since former standout Bryan Nelson did so in 2000. The sophomore is scheduled to swim in three events, including the 100 and 200 breaststroke, as well as the 200 individual medley. Ekhoff is seeded 12th overall (1:58.06) in the 200 breaststroke, while he is 37th in the 100 breaststroke (55.68) and 51st in the 200 IM.

Lyssand, meanwhile, was chosen as an alternate for the 1650 freestyle, after finishing sixth overall at the Pac-10 meet with a career best time of 15:29.59. Lyssand's sixth place at the conference meet was the highest finish of any Husky individual swimmer at the Pac-10s since Nelson placed fifth in the same event in 2000.

UW junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) will swim in three events - the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle - at next week's NCAA women's championships in Austin, Texas, March 21-23.

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