Swimmers Set Seven School Records At 55th Annual Husky Invitational

Dec. 10, 2002

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The No. 25 ranked Washington swimming teams had a record breaking weekend at the 55th Annual Husky Invitational en route to a combined first place finish. The Huskies recorded 1,816 points throughout the four day meet to defeat second place Mt. Hood Swim Team (499.5) by more than 1,000 points.

Washington broke seven school records and set 16 NCAA consideration times over the weekend as it dominated the 61-team field. The men's team placed first overall with 1,186 points, while Mt. Hood Swim Team (394.5), Whitworth (386), Seattle University (224) and Reno Aquatic Club (196) rounded out the men's top five. The women's team place second overall with 630 points behind conference foe UCLA with 915 points. Oregon State (559), Sierra Marlins Swim Team (231) and South Sound Titans (208.5) claimed third through fifth place honors in the women's competition.

The women's team broke four school records, led by senior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and sophomore Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho). Harada toped her own school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.62. She also leadoff the record setting 400 (3:25.85) and 800 freestyle (7:27.33) relay teams.

Johnson set a school record in the 100 backstroke, beating her previous record with a time of 55.67. She also swam the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay team.

Other members of the record setting relay teams were Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) and Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) in the 400 freestyle relay and Haley Wolcott (Puyallup, Wash.), Olson and Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) in the 800 freestyle relay.

Junior Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) led the men's squad with two school record swims in the 100 backstroke (49.62) and 100 freestyle (45.15). Junior co-captain Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) also set a Washington record in the 100 butterfly (47.77).

In addition to littering the Husky record books, Washington set 16 NCAA consideration marks, which may serve as entry into the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships come this February.

Washington is now on hiatus until January 3, 2003, when it participates in the New Year's Invitational in Boca Raton, Florida.

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