UW's Luke Ekhoff Earns All-America Honors In The 200 Breaststroke At The NCAAs

March 30, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. - UW sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) became the first Husky men's swimmer since 1995 to earn All-America honors, placing ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a school record time of 1:56.13, Saturday in the final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Texas' Brendan Hansen won the event with an American record of 1:52.88 at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Ekhoff, who finished 13th in the morning's preliminaries (1:58.18), won the consolation final (9th-16th place) by beating his previous school record of 1:58.06, by almost two full seconds. The sophomore's time was the sixth fastest overall in the meet (prelims and finals), as he earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Former standout Chris Mylan of Bellevue, Wash., was the last Husky men's swimmer to earn All-America honors, doing so in the 400 individual medley in 1995.

With Ekhoff's finish, Washington placed 30th overall with nine points in the team competition. Two-time reigning champions Texas won the NCAA title with 512 points, edging second place Stanford, who finished with 501 points. Three other Pac-10 teams also finished in the top 10, including USC (fifth), California (sixth) and Arizona (7th). Arizona State rounded out the Pac-10 teams with a 14th-place finish.

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