More Records Fall On Third Night Of Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 16, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif.-- More records fell for the University of Washington women's swimming team at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night as junior Jessica Buchanan set a program record in the 100 breaststroke. It marks the fourth school record to be broken in the last three days of competition for UW. The Huskies sit in eighth place with 291 points with one more day of swimming remaining.
Jennifer Gong kicked off the night, posting a 15th place finish in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:25.34. The time was slightly off her lifetime best of 4:24.17 that she posted in this morning's preliminary race. The preliminary swim ranks Gong ninth on the UW all-time list.
Freshman Erin Campbell followed up with a first place finish in the 200 butterfly bonus final, placing 17th overall with a time of 55.39, which marks the sixth-fastest time in Washington history. Marisa Chang also swam in the bonus final, placing 24th overall with a time of 56.94.
Sophomore Kim Jasmer continued her phenomenal Pac-10 Championship with an eighth place finish in the 200 freestyle in an NCAA consideration time of 1:49.14. Senior Blythe Murray and sophomore Lindsey Sharp had solid swims in the preliminary race, posting the sixth and seventh-fastest times in school history with 1:50.89 and 1:51.01 marks, respectively.
Buchanan's swim in the 100 breaststroke was the highlight of the night as she placed 11th overall with a school-record and NCAA consideration time of 1:02.74.
Sophomore Mary Patterson also had a strong performance in the 100 backstroke, swimming the sixth-fastest time in UW history (56.43) to place 22nd overall.The Huskies, the only team in the Pac-10 without a diving program, forfeited its point opportunities in the three-meter diving event to slip from seventh place to eighth.Washington capped off the night with an eighth place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:45.46) on the efforts of Patterson, Buchanan, Campbell and Jasmer. The swim was just a half second off the school record of 3:45.15.
'We are doing a great job,' said head coach Whitney Hite. 'Erin Campbell was just off a 'B' cut in the 200 fly and did make a national cut. Kim Jasmer did a great job this morning in getting in that top-8 and she still has some resting to do. Jessica Buchanan had a great swim with a school record and a 'B' cut and kept our streak going of a broken record each day of the Championships. That's outstanding and I could not ask for more. Mary Patterson also swam a lifetime best and we are continuing to improve, which is the name of the game. We are going to continue to get better.'
The Pac-10 Championships wrap up Saturday with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.