Women's Swimming Brings Home The Apple Cup

Nov. 22, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The No. 22 ranked Washington women's swimming team captured the Apple Cup this evening, defeating Washington State, 164-93. With the victory, the Husky women improve their record to 7-0 and bring home the cup and bragging rights for the first time in three years.

Senior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and freshman sensation Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) carried the Huskies to victory, combining for five individual wins and two relay victories.

Harada won the 50 freestyle (23.69) and 200 freestyle (1:53.88), while swimming the anchor legs on the 200 medley relay (1:46.12) and 400 freestyle relay (3:31.50). She posted fast times in each event, including splits of 22.65 in the 50 freestyle and 50.36 in the 100 freestyle.

Olson was a triple event winner in the 100 freestyle (52.48), 500 freestyle (5:02.56) and set a pool record in the 1000 freestyle (10:16.57).

'We are really excited about winning back the Apple Cup,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'WSU has been a great rivalry and its an honor to bring the cup back to Seattle.

'Kim Harada was a star for us tonight and dominated every event she swam. Sharon Olson was awesome and set a pool record in the 1000 free.

'This team is off to a great start and it's due to a combination of attitude, work ethic and team work. Over the last few years, my objective has been to build a solid team and we are starting to get all of the women on the same page, firing all five cylinders at the same time. I believe our fans are going to see some great results as the season carries out.'

Washington returns to action on Dec. 6-8 when it hosts the Husky Invitational in Federal Way.

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