Gold, Purple Split In Swimming Intrasquad Meet

Oct. 28, 2000

SEATTLE - In its final tune-up before the opening of the dual-meet season next weekend, the University of Washington swimming team split its squad into purple and gold teams with the purple team winning the women's meet, 121-116, and the gold squad taking the men's meet, 126-122. The gold team edged the purple team by one point in the combined race (244-243) at the meet held Saturday morning in Husky Pool.

In the women's meet, the purple team came back from a 114-110 deficit before the final event by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.57. Sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and freshman Brittany Reichardt (Garderville, Nev.) each won three individual events and one relay for the gold team. Harada swept the shorter freestyle events, including the 50, 100 and 200 free, while Reichardt earned wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

Senior Irene Schneider (Davis, Calif.) and sophomore Megan Taggart (Couer'd Alene, Idaho), meanwhile, led the purple team with three event wins apiece. Schneider displayed her versatility in winning the 100 and 200 butterfly along with the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:41.08, while Taggart swept the swept the backstroke events and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

The men's meet featured more parity than the women's as 12 different swimmers each posted at least one individual victory or was a member of a winning relay. Senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) claimed the 50 free, the 100 back and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay squad for the gold team. Freshman Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) was the only other triple-event winner, posting top finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay. Junior Ryan Oleson (McMinnville, Ore.), sophomore Matt Zielke (Renton, Wash.) and freshmen John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Jesse Nitz (Puyallup, Wash.) were double-event winners on the men's side.

The Huskies will be back in action next weekend for the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., November 3-4.

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