Huskies Have Another Record-Breaking Night At The Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 15, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The University of Washington women's swimming team picked up where it left off last night, posting another school record swim and 11 lifetime best swims on the second day of the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The Huskies are in seventh place with 181 points with two nights of competition remaining. Stanford is in first place with 546.5 points, followed by California (442) and Arizona (409.5).

'We had another great night,' said head coach Whitney Hite. 'We are doing really well and we just want to keep it rolling. Certainly Kim Jasmer has been a star and we are looking forward to tomorrow.'

Sophomore sensation Kim Jasmer broke her second school record of the meet with her preliminary swim of 4:42.86 in the 500 freestyle, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships and taking the top seed heading into this evening's finals. The time surpassed her own school record time set earlier this season.

In the finals, Jasmer placed fourth with a time of 4:45.52, her second-fastest swim ever, while Stanford's Elizabeth Durot won the event in a time of 4:41.47.

Junior Rachel Seely posted the third-fastest time in school history in the 50 freestyle preliminary race (23.30), before placing 16th in the finals (23.56). Her preliminary time is an NCAA consideration time.

Sophomore Lindsey Sharp also had a strong swim in the 50 freestyle, swimming the seventh-fastest time in school history with a mark of 23.67 in the preliminary heat.

Freshman Jennifer Gong led Washington in the 200 individual medley, posting the ninth-fastest time in program history with a preliminary swim of 2:05.01 to just miss out on the finals.

The Huskies closed out the night with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay behind the efforts of Jasmer, Seely, Sharp and Blythe Murray. Their time of 1:33.67 was fast enough for an NCAA consideration standard and Jasmer's leadoff time of 23.21 marked the second-fastest time in UW history and was also a 'B' cut.

The Huskies, the only team in the Pac-10 without a diving program, forfeited its point opportunities in the one-meter diving event to slip from fifth place to seventh.

Eleven Huskies in all swam lifetime best times today including Murray in the 50 freestyle (24.00) and 500 freestyle (4:58.62), Liz Johnson in the 500 freestyle (5:03.81) and Maggie Bever (2:05.89), Erin Campbell (2:06.18), Mary Patterson (2:07.07) and Shandra Case in the 200 IM (2:09.84).

Competition continues tomorrow with the three-meter dive, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.

Team Standings thru Day 21. Stanford 546.5 2. California 442 3. Arizona 409.5 4. UCLA 359 5. USC 262 6. Oregon State 186 7. Washington 181 8. Arizona State 178 9. Washington State 165

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