No. 24 Huskies Ready For NCAA Championships
March 18, 2009
Coming off a program-best fifth place finish in the Pac-10 Women's Swimming & Diving Championships three weeks ago, the Washington women's swim team will look to carry that momentum into this week's Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
The Huskies will look to top last year's program-record 12th-place finish when they send six individuals this year, just shy of the school-record eight went to last season's meet. But this year's team has been more balanced all season, according to head coach Whitney Hite, as evidenced by the two freshmen, two juniors and two seniors who will compete among the nation's best in the Thursday-Saturday competition. The Huskies will also compete in all five relays at the championships.
The group is led by Pac-10 champion Erin Campbell, who won the 200 back at the conference meet to become only the fourth woman in school history to win a Pac-10 title. Her top 200 back time this season of 1:51.27 ranks No. 3 in the country and she will look to become the first UW woman to win an NCAA individual title.
In addition to the 200 back, the junior will also compete in the 100 back and 100 fly this week. An All-American last season in the 100 fly, Campbell is seeded 14th for NCAAs in the event. Campbell is also seeded 15th in the 100 back.
Senior Genevieve Patterson has also qualified for three individual events, those coming in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM. Patterson's school-record time of 59.87 in the 100 breast makers her the No. 11 seed for the NCAAs.
Like Campbell and Patterson, junior Petra Radovic will also compete in three individual events, all in the freestyle. Radovic will compete in the 200, 500 and 1650 free at NCAAs. Senior Lindsey Sharp, meanwhile, will compete in the 100 and 200 free.
A pair of freshmen will make their NCAA debuts this week with Danielle Gong competing in both the 200 and 400 IM while Hannah Ross will swim in the 100 and 200 back. Ross is seeded 13th in the 200 back and 28th in the 100 back.
The Huskies will also compete in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays along with the 200 and 400 medley relays. UW is seeded highest in the medley relays, earning the No. 15 seed in the 400 medley and the No. 17 seed in the 200 medley. They set school records in both events at the Pac-10 Championships.
Washington Women in NCAA Championships
Erin Campbell - 100/200 back, 100 fly
Danielle Gong - 200/400 IM
Genevieve Patterson - 200 IM, 100/200 Breast
Hannah Ross - 100/200 Back
Petra Radovic - 200/500/1650 Free
Lindsey Sharp - 100/200 Free
200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 Medley Relay