Kim Harada Places 13th In The 200 Freestyle At The NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

March 21, 2003

AUBURN, Ala.- The Washington women's swimming team sits in 19th place after day two of the Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.

Senior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.83) consolation final, 13th overall after placing ninth in the preliminary race (1:47.14) to just miss the top-eight championship cut. With the 13th place finish, Harada earns honorable mention All-America honors in the event.

Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) also swam in the 200 freestyle preliminary and placed 31st with a career-best time of 1:49.08 to rank second on the Husky all-time charts.

Harada and Olson also teamed up with sophomore Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and junior Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) in the 800 freestyle and 200 medley relays. The Huskies placed 19th in the 800 FR (7:25.71) and 21st in the 200 MR (1:44.82).

The championships conclude tomorrow with the Huskies competing in two events. Washington will swim both the 400 free relay and Harada will swim the100 freestyle. Harada owns the school record in the100 freestyle (49.15) and is seeded fifth at the championships. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals will start at 7 p.m.

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