Huskies Finish Strong At Husky Invitational

Dec. 3, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The University of Washington swimming teams wrapped up the fourth and final day of competition at the Husky Invitational with some strong performances. Juniors Jessica Buchanan and Rachel Seely won events Sunday with Buchanan winning the 200 breaststroke and Seely winning the 25 freestyle.

'We had a good overall meet and it shows us where we are at this point in the season,' said head coach Whitney Hite. 'We've worked hard and we will continue to work hard. To be able to set school records, NCAA B-cuts, season-best time and life-time best times means we are moving forward. We are looking good and the kids are getting in shape. This is a good measuring stick of where we are as a team and I'm pleased with their efforts. We are learning and will continue to get better.'

Seely won the 25 freestyle in a time of 10.97 and was followed by UW signee Emile Jennings of King Aquatics with a second-place time of 11:04. Ivan Perhat led the Washington men in the sprint event, placing sixth overall with a time of 9:73.

Freshman Jereme Barrnett-Woods led the Huskies in the 1650 freestyle, placing seventh in a time of 15:53.76.

Washington also received strong swims in the 200 backstroke from Jessica Gaines and Henry Hudson. Gaines led the UW women with a third place finish with the sixth-fastest time in school history (2:02.50), while Hudson placed fifth with a time of 1:51.77. Taylor Brugh won the 'B' final with a time of 1:50.83 and Tamon Page won the 'C' final with a time of 1:54.94.

The Huskies shined in the 100 freestyle with four women advancing to tonight's eight-member final. Maggie Bever placed second (51.71), followed by Kim Jasmer in third (51.75), Seely in sixth (52.45) and Blythe Murray in seventh (52.59).

Perhat led the Washington men in the 100 freestyle, placing fifth with a time of 45.54.

Buchanan won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:18.95 and was followed by Jennings who placed second with a time of 2:20.60.

Freshman Andrew Nguyen swam Washington's fastest time in the men's 200 breast, placing 13th with a time of 2:12.04.

Sophomore Marisa Chang capped off the meet for the women with a fifth place finish (2:02.64), while Mason Amick placed eighth for the men (1:53.24).

Washington's men return to the pool Jan. 13 when they travel to Provo, Utah to take on Brigham Young. The women are off until Jan. 27 when they host Oregon State at Husky Pool.

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