Women's Swimming Takes Second At SMU Classic

Oct. 24, 2004

DALLAS-- The Washington women's swimming team captured second place at the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic this evening with 282.5 points. The Huskies won three of the nine events in the final day of competition with two wins by junior Sharon Olson and a win by freshman Caitlyn Shortt.

SMU won the event with 346 points but Washington hung onto second place, finishing above two school's that fielded diving teams and competed in the one and three-meter diving events. South Carolina placed third overall with 274 points, while Indiana place fourth (267), British Columbia placed fifth (207.5) and Rice placed sixth (199).

Olson was a double-winner for the Huskies, winning the 500-yard freestyle in a NCAA provisional time of 4:51.05 to set a school record. She also won the 200 IM in a time of 2:00.03, also a NCAA provisional mark.

Shortt notched Washington's other first place finish in the 200 breaststroke. She posted a NCAA B cut time of 2:16.58 in the event to rank second on the UW all-time list.

Other top-three finishes for Washington came in the 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle relays. Olson teamed up with Liya Liu, Rachel Seely and Desiree Johnson in the 400 FR to place third with a time of 3:28.54, while Seely, Annette Vayo, Shortt and Johnson posted a third-place time of 1:35.96 in the 200 FR.

Other notable swims included lifetime bests for co-captains Johnson and Erin Kloos. Johnson bested her best time in the 200 backstroke by over four seconds with a mark of 2:04.02. Kloos posted a lifetime best time of 2:05.92 in the 200 IM to win the consolation heat and logged a lifetime best in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.38.

'Today was huge day for the Huskies,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It was a tremendous meet for us. I can't say how proud I am of the girls for competing so well and overcoming those diving points against South Carolina and Indiana to get second overall in a very prestigious meet. It was a huge day, definitly something for us to build off of. Today says a lot about the character and the heart of this team. Not everything went our way but the girls battled back and had just a great team victory. I know we weren't first but to finish ahead of two perennial top-20 NCAA teams, both with diving squads, feels pretty darn good and we are excited to see what's ahead for this team.'

Washington returns to action Nov. 5-6 when both the men's and women's teams compete in the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif.

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