Swimming Sets Four School Records At Husky Invitational
Dec. 1, 2000
SEATTLE - The University of Washington swimming team kicked off the first full day of the 52nd annual Husky Invitational by setting four school records and tallying two NCAA B qualifying times Friday night at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center.
'I'm so proud of our team,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. 'It was the best three hours of swimming that we've had all year long. We are really starting to come together as a team and this performance will just add to our confidence as we get into the peak of our racing season.'
UW sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) kicked off the record-breaking day by swimming a first-place preliminary time of 23.23 in the 50 freestyle. Harada's time broke the school record set by former standout Kristen Nagata of 23.40 last season and also was a NCAA B qualifying time, the second of her career. Senior Francis Tam (Santa Clara, Calif.) added the Huskies' second NCAA B time with his first-place preliminary swim in the 200 individual medley, coming in with a personal best time of 1:49.57.
Tam continued to contribute on the men's side as he and teammates senior Jamie Stone (Lake Stevens, Wash.), junior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) and freshman Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) combined to set two school records in both the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.18) and the 400 medley relay (3:19.63). Moilanen tacked on the Huskies' fourth school record of the day by swimming the lead-off leg on the 400 medley relay with a 100-yard backstroke time of 50.70. Moilanen's performance was over a half a tenth faster than the previous record set by Gary DeFrang (50.82) in 1992.
Overall, the UW won six of 10 events on both the men's and the women's side. The University of Nevada's Ping Luo also was among the day's winners with an NCAA B qualifying swim of 4:51.66 in the 500 freestyle, while Reno Aquatics' Erik Scalise earned the men's 500 free title with a senior national time of 4:23.76. Dana Kirk (200 IM - 2:04.98) and Bend Swim Club's Mike Burton (50 Free - 20.54) rounded out the day's winners.
Day three action of the four-day Husky Invitational continues Saturday with preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. and finals set for 5:30 p.m.