Hannah Watanabe
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Davis, Calif.

High School:
Davis HS '03

Height:
5-4

Event:
Fly/Free/IM

Major:
Exercise Biology

2005-06: Finished 3rd in three freestyle events for 48.0 individual points at Big West Conference Championships, tops among '06-07 Aggie returners... Posted 23.88 in 50 free prelims, then improved to 23.77 in final, 3rd in Aggie record book... Went 51.54 in 100 free and 1:51.48 in 200 free final... Time in 200 free final was a full-second improvement from prelim, and ranks 2nd in school history... Set UC Davis record of 51.27 in leadoff split of 2nd-place 400 free relay, breaking Anna Pettis' 1983 mark (set at NCAAs)... Relay squad went 3:25.96 to break previous year's Aggie standard... Also led off 800 free relay, which finished 3rd with school-record 7:26.27... Swam butterfly leg of 200 medley relay (3rd, 1:44.50) and 400 medley relay (4th, 3:48.61) at conference... Hit 100 back PR of 59.64 as leadoff swimmer for 400 medley relay vs. Cal State Bakersfield, good for 8th in school history... Time of 5:02.89 in 500 free vs. UC Santa Barbara is 6th all-time... Climbed to No. 2 on school's 400 IM list, posting 4:29.12 at Miami Invitational... Went 2:10.26 in 200 back during Aggie Open to move into 10th all-time... Entering senior year, appears on 10 of school's top-10 lists, and has shared in all five relay records.

2004-05: Advanced to Big West Conference finals in all three individual events entered... Took 6th in 100 fly (56.18), 7th in 200 IM (2:06.17 prelims), 8th in 200 fly (2:06.04)... Placed 4th in 200 fly prelims with 2:04.91, barely missing PR of 2:04.90 (set in 2004)... Final mark in 100 fly ranks 2nd all-time at UC Davis... Also member of 2nd-place 200 free relay (1:35.18) and 400 free relay (3:28.36), as well as 3rd-place 400 medley relay (3:47.48) and 4th-place 200 medley relay (1:43.47)... All four relays shattered school records at conference meet... Split of 24.04 to start 200 free relay moved her into 4th on school's 50 free list... Entered Aggies' top 10 list for 100 back, posting 1:00.33 at Speedo Cup... Also hit season-best marks in 500 free (5:10.43 in prelim), 100 back (1:00.33 relay split), 100 breast (1:10.27) at Speedo Cup... One of four UC Davis women to compete at American Short Course Championships... Hit PR of 52.14 in 100 free, good for 11th at national meet and 4th spot in Aggie annals... Finished 14th in 200 fly (2:06.24 in prelim), 11th in 100 fly (56.56) and hit season-best 1:55.53 in 200 free to highlight Austin, Texas action.

2003-04: Reached Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference finals in 100 fly (3rd, 56.41) and 50 free (6th, 24.31)... Won consolation finals in 200 fly (2:04.90), 2nd in school history... Also member of both 2nd-place medley relays, led off 200 free relay (3rd) and swam second in 400 free relay (5th) at conference championships... Finished 12th in 100 fly (56.98), 15th in 20 fly (2:06.19 in prelims), 24th in 50 free (24.63) and 31st in 100 free (53.31 prelims) at American Short Course Championships... Also competed in 100 free, 200 IM and all four relays at Austin, Texas meet... Posted team's best 50 free time (24.26) at UNLV, then 4th in school history.

DAVIS HS '03: Earned 2001-02 Public School All-America first-team honors as part of 200 free relay and 200 medley relay squads... Swam for current Aggie men's coach Pete Motekaitis... Won 2003 100 fly and 50 free at Aggie Open as member of Davis Aquadarts... Set Aquadart club records in the fly events.

PERSONAL: Born in Woodland, Calif.... Majoring in exercise biology... Mother, Masako, attended UC Davis... Hopes to become a nurse practitioner or physical therapist... Career highlight was dropping her best times in the freestyle events last season.