Swimming Claims 10 Event Titles In Day Three Of The 52nd Annual Husky Invitational.
Dec. 2, 2000
SEATTLE - The University of Washington swimming team continued to impress by winning 10 of 14 event titles Saturday at the 52nd annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash. The Husky men added to their comfortable lead in the team scoring competition, boasting a first-place team score of 409, while the women are just five points behind first place University of Nevada (186-181).
The UW once again got strong performances from sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and senior Francis Tam (Santa Clara, Calif.). Harada was a four-time event winner on the night, claiming individual titles in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, while swimming the lead-off legs on the first place 200 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams. Harada's first-place time of 1:49.04 in the 200 freestyle broke the school's oldest women's record, eclipsing Nancy Gillingham's time of 1:49.98, which was set back in 1984. The 200 freestyle record was Harada's second record-breaking performance in as many nights after swimming the fastest time in school history in the 50 freestyle (23.23) Friday.
'Kim Harada was unbelievable today,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. ' She swam three tremendous 200 freestyle races and also won the 100 backstroke, which really shows just how much she has developed over the past year.'
Tam, meanwhile, logged his second NCAA B qualifying time is as many nights, posting a personal-best time of 55.16 in the 100-yard breaststroke to claim his fifth event title of the competition. The senior co-captain also recorded a NCAA B and senior national qualifying time in winning the 200 individual medley (1:49.90).
Earlier in the night, Tam and teammates senior Jamie Stone (Lake Stevens, Wash.), junior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) and freshman Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), combined to win their third straight relay title in record fashion, swimming a school record 1:31.73 in the 200 medley relay. Tam, Stone, Moilanen and Adrian also swam the fastest times in school history in the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.18) and the 400 medley relay (3:19.63) Friday evening.
Other Husky event winners in the third day of competition included senior Irene Schneider (Davis, Calif.) in the 400 individual medley (4:24.15), Adrian in the 100 butterfly (49.45), freshman Brittany Reichardt (Carson City, Nev.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.46) and the men's 800 freestyle relay team (6:52.47).
Reno Aquatic Club's Erik Scalise claimed both the 100 backstroke (49.68) and the 200 freestyle (1:37.64), the University of Wyoming's Damian Storz won the 400 IM (4:01.94) and Dana Kirk rounded out the day's winners with a time of 55.60 in the 100 butterfly.
The 52nd annual Husky Invitational concludes Sunday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center with preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. and finals set for 4:30 p.m.