Women's Swimming Defeats Washington State
Nov. 11, 2005
SEATTLE-- The 20th ranked Washington women's swim team defeated in-state rival Washington State on Friday, 149-113. The Huskies won 11 of 14 events and move to 10-2 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 2-2 on the year.
'I think that we performed very well across the board,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'I thought that we made some good adjustments and we did a lot of things better. I am really excited about the progress that we have made and the direction that we are going.'
The 200 medley relay team consisting of Sharon Olson, Caitlyn Shortt, Maggie Bever and Brittany Epperson got off to a quick start for the Huskies in the first event of the evening, finishing in first-place with a season-best time of 1:45.25.
Olson, a senior co-captain, kept the success rolling for Washington with a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle (10:15.34). Olson also finished second in the 200-backstroke with a time of 2:04.90.
Freshman Kim Jasmer led all Huskies with three individual first-place finishes, including victories in the 200 freestyle (1:51.65), 200 butterfly (2:08.59) and 500 freestyle (4:53.82). Jasmer's NCAA B-cut qualifying time in the 500-freestyle was good enough to be a season-best and the fifth-fastest time in UW history.
'Kim Jasmer continues to impress me with her toughness and her ability to make the necessary adjustments to finish a race,' said Wender. 'The end of her 200 fly was one of the most exciting finishes that I have ever seen. She is just so poised and calm and she has a lot of skills that are going to take her a long way.'
Epperson racked up two first-place finishes on the evening with victories in the 50 freestyle (23.85) and the 100-freestyle (51.36). Rachel Seely and Lindsey Sharp helped sweep the 100 free, finishing second and third with times of 52.56 and 53.12 respectively.
Shortt also swam a strong meet with two first-place finishes, including victories in the 200-breaststroke with an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 2:17.45 and the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:24.97.
'Caitlyn has really gone through a lot of ups and downs this year,' said Wender. 'I think her maturity far exceeds her age. She is swimming like an upper-classman out there.'
The Husky 400-freestyle relay team consisting of Epperson, Olson, Seely and Jasmer took first to close out the meet with a time of 3:28.60.
'We have Idaho next week,' said Wender. 'It should be a good chance for some people to get an opportunity to do some things that they don't usually get to do.'
The Husky women return to action next week when they host Idaho on Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m.