Husky Swimmers Shine On Team Starbucks Club Team

July 25, 2003

SEATTLE- Twenty-one Washington swimmers sponsored by Starbucks competed and won the Four Corners Sectional Championship, edging second place finisher Mt. Hood Swim Club. Team Starbucks Aquatics finished first in the field of 36 teams, representing 11 states. The team won seven events, headlined by Kim Harada and Luke Ekhoff.

Harada won three individual events for Team Starbucks Aquatics, including the 50, 100 and 200 long course freestyle races. She also teamed up with Desiree Johnson, Lisa Fanning and Melody Staubitz to finish first in the 200 freestyle relay.

'Kim was awesome,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Her performances in not just the freestyles, but in the IM and backstroke were great indicators of where she's at. We're at a great place in her training as we prepare for the National Championship.'

Also, winning an individual race for Team Starbucks was Luke Ekhoff, who placed first in his signature event, the 200 breaststroke. He also swam in the winning 200 and 400 medley relays along with Derek Rose, Justin Adrian and Jim Wolfe. Their time in the 400 MR race was fast enough to qualify for Senior Nationals.

'Luke looked great,' said Wender. 'He made some errors in some of his other races that are easily correctable. I'm really proud of our 400 medley relay team. They really stepped up on the fifth day of a very long meet and that was a character building experience.'

Other notable swims included those of Johnson, Chris Monson and John Lyssand. Johnson qualified for the senior nationals in the 100-meter backstroke, Monson swam in the finals of both breaststroke events and Lyssand narrowly missed a U.S. Open time in the 1500-meter freestyle.

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