Kim Harada Finishes NCAA Meet With A 23rd In The Prelims Of The 100 Free

March 23, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas - UW swimmer Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) finished her first career NCAA meet with the 23rd-fastest time of 49.91 in the preliminaries of the 100 freestyle Saturday at Jamial Texas Swimming Center. With her finish, Harada was unable to advance to the evening's finals (top 16), as the junior capped a phenomenal season by qualifying for three events at the NCAAs.

Harada's time of 49.91 was just under three-tenths of a second behind her school-record of 49.63, which she recorded at the Husky Invitational last December in Federal Way. Georgia's Maritza Correia, the 2002 NCAA champion in the 50 free, won the morning's prelim of the 100-yard race with a time of 48.22.

Harada opened the meet Thursday with her best finish, taking 21st in the prelims of the 50 free (23.10) before placing 37th in the 100 freestyle (1:49.42) a day later.

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