Swimmig Falls One Points Short Of A Sweep At The Big West Shootout.

Nov. 3, 2000

SEATTLE - The Washington swimming team opened their 2000-2001 dual meet season by winning five of six Friday at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif. The women's team defeated all three of its opponents, picking up victories over Brigham Young (55-40), Cal State Northridge (76-19) and the Air Force Academy (70-25). The men, however, fell only one point short of the sweep, losing to BYU (47-48), but defeating Cal State Northridge (79-15) and Air Force (70-25).

The women won six of the 11 events overall at the unique meet, which features four teams competing at once, but scoring against one another separately. The Huskies were led by double individual event-winner sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.), who picked up victories in the 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. The women's squad also got single event wins from sophomore April Cheadle (East Wenatchee, Wash.) in the 1000 free, senior Irene Schneider (Davis, Calif.) in the 200 individual medley, freshman Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) in the 500 free and the 400 medley relay which started the day by posting a winning time of 3:55.16.

The men's team was just as dominating, claiming five overall event titles. Freshman distance freestyle swimmer John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) kicked off the day by winning the 1000 free in 9:33.17, while sophomore Jeff Hyman (Phoenix, Ariz.) followed Lyssand's win with a victory in the 200 butterfly (1:53.51). The Huskies then continued to show-off their balance, getting at least one event win from each of the four classes as senior Jamie Stone (Lake Stevens, Wash.) won the 100 free (46.26), junior Josh Hickman (Blaine, Wash.) recorded a first-place finish in the 500 free (4:41.61) and freshman Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) garnered first-place honors in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.01).

The UW men remained in the driver's seat for the sweep until the final event when BYU won the 400 freestyle relay to edge the Huskies in the overall team score by just one point, 48-47.

The Huskies will be back in action Saturday with day two action of the Big West Shootout, beginning at 10 a.m.

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