Women's Swimming Set To Compete At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 22, 2006

SEATTLE-- The Washington's women's swimming team will compete at the Pacific-10 Swimming and Diving Championships this week in Long Beach, Calif., at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The meet will run Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 22-25 with preliminary races beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m. UCLA is hosing the event.

Nine Pac-10 schools will battle it out for the Pac-10 title, including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.

The Huskies, who have been ranked in the top-25 throughout the season, dropped out of the most recent CSCAA poll but did receive votes. Seven Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25, including No. 3 California, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Arizona, No. 10 USC, No. 12 Arizona State and No. 18 UCLA. Washington State is unranked and did not receive votes in the latest poll.

Event results will be posted on the Pac-10's web site (www.pac-10.org), as well as on UCLA's web site (www.uclabruins.com).

Seven Huskies have combined for 14 NCAA consideration times this season, including seniors Sharon Olson (200, 500, 1650 freestyle, 400 IM and 200 freestyle relay) and Liya Liu (200 and 400 freestyle relays), junior Brittany Epperson (100 freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays), sophomores Caitlyn Shortt (100, 200 breast and 200 and 400 IM), Jessica Buchanan (100, 200 breaststroke) and Rachel Seely (200 and 400 freestyle relays) and freshman Kim Jasmer (200 and 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay).

Olson owns seven Husky records, including individual records in the 500 (4:50.00) and 1000 freestyle (9:55.52) and 200 IM (2:01.42). She is also a member of the record-holding 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and 200 medley relay. Olson ranks second on the UW all-time list in the 200 freestyle (1:48.34), third in the 100 freestyle (50.56) and 1650 freestyle (16:37.04), sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:02.50) and seventh in the 50 freestyle (23.69) and 400 IM (4:22.68).

Epperson ranks second in school history in the 100 freestyle (49.87) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (56.31). Both marks were set at this season's Husky Invitational.

Seeley boasts the school's third-fastest time in program history in the 50 freestyle (23.38) and ranks seventh all-time in the 100 freestyle (51.61).

Liu has the fifth-fastest times in UW history in the 100 (51.06) and 200 freestyle (1:50.52), recording both marks at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships.

Shortt, a 2005 NCAA competitor in the breaststroke events and 200 IM, holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.48). She also ranks second on the all-time list in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.90) and 400 IM (4:20.34) and third in the 200 IM (2:02.30).

Buchanan, also a 2005 NCAA competitor in the breaststroke events, ranks second all-time in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.35) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.03).

Jasmer ranks third on the UW all-time list in the 200 freestyle (1:49.10) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:53.82).

Last season, Washington finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships with 468 points. Stanford won the meet with 1,499 points, followed by Arizona (1,237), California (1,088.5), UCLA (986.5), USC (954.5, Arizona State (926.5) and Oregon State (504.5). Washington did out swim cross-state rival Washington State who placed ninth with 334 points. The Huskies posted five provisional qualifying times at the conference meet and broke two school records at the Pac-10 Invitational.

Four UW seniors will be swimming in their final conference championship, including Olson, Liu, Megan Bright and Crystal Rawlings.

Order of Events
Wednesday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)200 Medley Relay800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday Morning Preliminaries (11 a.m.)500 Freestyle Sharon Olson Kim Jasmer Megan Bright Blythe Murray Rebecca Rogers Katie Schaffer200 Individual Medley Caitlyn Shortt Sharon Olson Jessica Buchanan Maggie Bever Maryann Boosalis Shandra Case Marisa Chang Mary Patterson Katie Schaeffer Laura Brown Liz Johnson50 Freestyle Brittany Epperson Rachel Seely Liya Liu Lindsey Sharp Kelly Corcoran Crystal Rawlings1M Diving Preliminaries (Federal Way, Wash.)200 Freestyle Relay
Thursday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)500 Freestyle200 Individual Medley50 Freestyle1M Diving Finals (Federal Way, Wash.)200 Freestyle Relay
Friday Morning Preliminaries (11 a.m.)400 Individual Medley Shandra Case Katie Schaeffer100 Butterfly Brittany Epperson Kim Kripps Marisa Chang Rachel Seely Maggie Bever Shandra Case Lindsey Sharp Kelly Corcoran200 Freestyle Kim Jasmer Sharon Olson Blythe Murray Rebecca Rogers Crystal Rawlings Lindsey Sharp100 Breaststroke Caitlyn Shortt Jessica Buchanan Maryann Boosalis Megan Bright Crystal Rawlings Laura Brown3M Diving Preliminaries (Federal Way, Wash.)400 Medley Relay
Friday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)400 Individual Medley100 Butterfly200 Freestyle100 Breaststroke100 Backstroke3M Diving Finals (Federal Way, Wash.)400 Medley Relay
Saturday Morning Preliminaries (11 a.m.)200 Backstroke Sharon Olson Liz Johnson Mary Patterson100 Freestyle Brittany Epperson Kim Jasmer Liya Liu Sharon Olson Maggie Bever Rachel Seely Lindsey Sharp Crystal Rawlings Rebecca Rogers Kelly Corcoran200 Breaststroke Jessica Buchanan Caitlyn Shortt Maryann Boosalis Laura Brown200 ButterflyPlatform Preliminaries (Federal Way, Wash.)400 Freestyle Relay1650 Freestyle Sharon Olson Megan Bright Rebecca Rogers Katie Schaeffer
Saturday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)1650 Freestyle200 Backstroke100 Freestyle200 Breaststroke200 ButterflyPlatform Finals (Federal Way, Wash.)400 Freestyle Relay
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