Huskies To Compete In 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship

Feb. 26, 2003

THIS WEEKEND: The women's team will compete in the Pac-10 Championships, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. Teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State will compete for the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship. Preliminaries will begin at 11:00 a.m. daily, with finals begining at 6 p.m. each night.

THE POLLS: The CSCAA released its seventh poll of the season on February 13. Seven of the nine Pac-10 schools hosting women's swimming appear in the latest poll, including No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 USC, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 23 Washington.

UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON: The Husky women posted a perfect 11-0 mark this season, marking the first time UW has done so since joining the Pac-10 in 1986-87 and the seventh time since the program's inception in 1975-76. Washington defeated Pittsburgh, Hawaii (twice), UNLV (twice), Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, Oakland, Utah and Oregon State.

A LOOK BACK AT THE 2001 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington women finished eighth at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships with 449.5 points to edge Washington State, 401.5. Among UW's returning swimmers, Kim Harada, Anissa Hilyard and Desiree Johnson posted top 10 finishes. Harada placed fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle. Hilyard notched an eighth place finish in the 200 butterfly, while Johnson placed ninth in the 100 backstroke. Top 15 finishers included Brittany Riechardt with a 13th place finish in the 100 breaststroke and Annette Vayo with a 13th place finish in the 200 backstroke and a 14th place finish in the 100 backstroke.

2001 Finishes1. Stanford, 1320.50
2. USC, 1197.5
3. Arizona, 1151.5
4. California, 1096
5. UCLA, 1064
6. Arizona State, 818.5
7. Oregon State, 477
8. Washington, 449.5
9. Washington State, 401.5

NCAA CONSIDERATION QUALIFYING TIMES: Four individuals and two relays have posted NCAA consideration times this year. Kim Harada has 'B' cut times in the 50 free (22.68), 100 free (49.62) and 200 free (1:49.82). Sharon Olson also has three 'B' cut times in the 200 free (1:50.66), 500 free (4:53.14) and 1650 free (16:49.17). Desiree Johnson's 55.67 in the 100 back and Anissa Hilyard's 2:00.51 in the 200 fly are also NCAA consideration times. Two women's relay have also made 'B' cuts, including the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Washington has numerous swimmers who have posted some of the fastest times in the country. Kim Harada is sixth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Desiree Johnson is 22nd in the 100 backstroke and Anissa Hilyard in 24th in the 200 butterfly.

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