Women's Swimming Places Fourth At SMU Classic

Oct. 25, 2003

DALLAS- The Washington women's swimming team rounded out the second day of competition at the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic this evening, placing fourth overall out of six teams. The Huskies tallied 239 points to finish behind meet winner Florida (360.5), as well as SMU (303) and Indiana (252). South Carolina (234.5) and TCU (196) placed fifth and sixth, respectively to round out the competition. The Husky women would have placed third if they had fielded a diving team.

Sophomore Sharon Olson shinned this evening, breaking two school records in the 500 freestyle (4:51.85) and 200 individual medley (2:01.42). Olson, who previously set the 500 freestyle record last season, set NCAA B cut standards in both events.

Three other swimmers set NCAA B cut times, including Hannah Jo in the 400 individual medley (4:21.95), Desiree Johnson in the 100 backstroke (55.86) and Anissa Hilyard in the 200 butterfly (2:00.52).

Other notable swims included Nicole Bernard's second place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:04.30) and Brittany Epperson's third place finish in the 50 freestyle (23.81).

The Huskies also placed second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.41) behind the efforts of Olson, Epperson, Liya Liu and Johnson.

'Our women's team was awesome tonight,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'They really over achieved for this early in the season. I am really proud of everyone on the team.'

The women's swimming team returns to action next week at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

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