Desiree Johnson Swims Lifetime Best On Final Day Of NCAA Championships

March 19, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Washington senior Desiree Johnson closed out her career with a lifetime best in the 200 backstroke at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships this morning. Her time of 2:00.51 placed her 36th overall, nine spots higher than she was seeded. The time is the third-fastest in Washington's history.

Freshmen Jessica Buchanan and Caitlyn Shortt also had strong showings in the 200 breaststroke today. Buchanan placed 30th overall with a time of 2:17.49, finishing five spots better that she was seeded. Shortt, who ranks second on the school's all-time list, placed 35th with a time of 2:18.13.

The Huskies, who rank 21ts nationally, conclude the 2004-05 season with four school records and 22 swimmers either entering or climbing the school's top-10 lists. Johnson set the school record in the 100 backstroke, junior Sharon Olson set the record in the 500 freestyle and Shortt set the record in the 100 breaststroke. Johnson, Olson and Shortt also teammed up with sophomore Brittany Epperson to set the school record in the 200 medley relay at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships.

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