Huskies Tied For Sixth After First Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 22, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington women's swimming team earned 94 points on the first night of competition at the Pac-10 Championships to tie Arizona State for sixth place. California and Arizona are tied for first place with 120 points, followed by USC in third with 108 points, UCLA and Stanford tied for fourth with 102 points and Washington State and Oregon State picking up the rear in eighth place with 84 points.

The 200 medley relay team of Sharon Olson, Caitlyn Shortt, Maggie Bever and Brittany Epperson placed seventh with a season-best time of 1:43.66 to pick up 46 points.

In the 800 freestyle relay, Kim Jasmer, Rebecca Rogers, Blythe Murray and Olson placed sixth in a time of 7:21.00 to earn 48 points. Their time was an NCAA consideration time and was the team's fastest mark of the season. Jasmer's leadoff time of 1:49.50 marked the third-fastest 200 freestyle time in UW history and was also an NCAA 'B' standard.

'We are off to a good start,' said head coach Micky Wender. 'We performed well in the first session, far above what we've done on the first night in the last couple of years. I'm really proud of how everyone swam tonight, especially the 800 relay team that knocked eight seconds off of their season-best time. Kim Jasmer did an excellent job leading that relay off in a lifetime best time and I think she showed a lot of poise as a freshman in her first race. We've only completed a small portion of the meet and it's definitely a marathon, not a sprint, with three more days to go but we are off to a good start.'

Tomorrow's action will feature the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay. Preliminary heats begin at 11 a.m., with finals starting at 6 p.m.

1. California, 120 points1. Arizona, 120 points3. USC, 108 points4. UCLA, 102 points4. Stanford, 102 points6. Washington, 94 points6. Arizona State, 94 points8. Washington State, 84 points8. Oregon State, 84 points

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