Women's Swimming Finishes With Four Top Times
Oct. 21, 2005
DALLAS- The 25th ranked Huskies got their first look at some of the nations top teams on Friday night when they competed at the SMU Classic against No. 1 Florida, No. 6 UCLA, No. 9 SMU, No. 12 Wisconsin and unranked South Carolina. The Huskies are currently in sixth place with 97 points, behind South Carolina (98 points), Wisconsin (144), California (154), Southern Methodist (156) and Florida (157).
'We got off to a bit of a rough start, but I think that our girls responded well by finishing only one point behind South Carolina,' said head coach Mickey Wender.
Friday's events featured the one-meter dive, an event that the Huskies are unable to compete in because they do not field a diving team.
'I am proud of our girls for keeping it close considering we are at a disadvantage in the diving events,' says Wender. 'Our school doesn't sponsor those events, so right there we have to give up 20 uncontested points to South Carolina. That really says a lot about our girls that they can still keep it within one point.'
Washington posted fastest times of the season in four out of eight events on the evening. The 800 freestyle relay team consisting of Sharon Olson, Kimberly Jasmer, Maggie Bever and Caitlyn Short finished with a time of 7:36.05, while the 400 medley relay team consisting of Liya Lui, Jessica Buchanan, Jasmer and Rachel Seely finished with a time of 3:56.61. Shortt was able to set a season-best time of 4:28.03 in the 400 individual medley and Jasmer also swam her fastest time of the season in the 200 freestyle (1:52.39).
The meet continues tomorrow at Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas. There will be nine events, including the 400 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, three-meter diving, 100 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay.