No. 22 Washington Women's Swimming Continues Undefeated Season

Feb. 8, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - -The 22nd-ranked Washington women's swimming team improved to 11-0 this afternoon, defeating Oregon State 147-111. Washington honored its five seniors before this season's final home meet. Washington head coach Mickey Wender continues to be the force behind the successful season of his team, saying, 'I am so proud of this Husky team. We haven't peaked yet. There is something special about this team. This was a big win for us because of the confidence it gives the kids while going into the home stretch of the season.'

Senior Kim Harada gave the Huskies two first place finishes. She finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time o 23.39. Harada also finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.64. Wender summed up his appreciation of Harada's career with the Huskies, saying, 'I am so proud of her, for everything she has been through. She has been such a successful athlete for us and such a great leader.'

Two freshman led the way for the Huskies today. Sharon Olson finished first in three events. Olson's time of 10:01.09 in the 1000 freestyle was not only a career best, but also the second best time ever in Washington history. Olson finished first in the 500 freestyle in 4:53. 04 and first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.03, a new career best. After the meet, coach Wender said, 'Sharon has had one of the best freshman years for a Husky swimmer ever. She continues to perform in the classroom and in competition. She has had a phenomenal year. Her work ethic and attitude are priceless. She wants to be the best athlete she can possibly be and the best is yet to come for her.'

Liya Liu swam a career best in the 200 freestyle finishing first with 1:51.60. Liu also finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.69. Coach Wender said, 'Liya stepped up as a freshman in the meet today. She is a significant part of our 400 freestyle relay team and they have a very solid chance of making it to the NCAA's.'

The Washington's men's team host's Simon Fraser on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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