Huskies Break School Record On Day One Of Pac-10s

Feb. 25, 2009

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Day one of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming & Diving Championships was short at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, but there was plenty of excitement thanks to school, conference, NCAA and American records falling in just two races.

The night started off with the No. 24 Washington women breaking a school record in the 200 medley relay, finishing third behind Arizona and California. The Husky team of Danielle Gong, Genevieve Patterson, Erin Campbell and Lindsay Sharp touched the wall in 1:38.42 to better the old school record of 1:38.84 set at last season's Pac-10 Championships.

The time could end up qualifying UW for the upcoming NCAA Championships. They earned an NCAA B time and are currently in the top 16, which would earn them a trip to College Station, Texas for NCAAs in March.

Arizona - the defending Pac-10 and national champions - finished first in 1:36.02 to automatically qualify for NCAAs while Cal was second in 1:40.01.

The building really started to buzz during the night's final event, the 800 free relay. Cal's Dana Vollmer broke not just the Pac-10 and NCAA record but also 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin's American record in the leadoff leg. Vollmer swam her 200 in 1:41.53, leading the Bears to a Pac-10-record time of 6:56.87, earning automatic NCAA qualification. Stanford finished first and also earned automatic qualification. USC, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and UCLA finished third through seventh, respectively, all posting NCAA B times.

The Huskies 800 free relay of Campbell, Petra Radovic, Amelia Messegee and Kelly Flynn touched the wall in 7:11.17, their fastest time of the season. Campbell's leadoff 200 split of 1:47.24 was a personal best and moved her into fourth all time at UW.

As a team, Washington sits fourth in the standings behind No. 9 Cal, No. 2 Arizona and No. 12 USC.

'It was a good start breaking the school record in the 200 medley relay and I think that time puts us 14th or 15th in the NCAA and they take 16 so we hope that time hold,' Washington head coach Whitney Hite said. 'The great thing is we know we can be faster. We did what we needed to do. I was pleased we got some good swims under out belt because the nerves were definitely high. If you look at our splits, we're swimming our best times in the 50s and 100s so we're out fast. That means we're rested, but we need to manage our energy. It wasn't a perfect night but it's a long meet and we're swimming fast.'

The first day of the meet also featured the men's 1-meter diving finals with Stanford's Dwight Dumais taking the top spot.

Competition continues Thursday with preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6 p.m. Finals will be held in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay while the women's 1-meter diving will also be contested.

Team Standings
1, California, 120
2, Arizona, 116
3, USC, 106
4, Washington, 104
5, Oregon State, 96
6, UCLA, 92
7, Stanford, 56
8, Washington State, 50
9, Arizona State, 44

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