Swimming Splits Dual Meets At Air Force

Jan. 5, 2001

SEATTLE - The University of Washington swimming teams opened the new year by splitting dual meets Thursday with the Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Husky women's squad improved to 4-6 on the season with a 127-96 victory, while the men were edged, 124-113, by the Falcons to fall to an even 5-5.

The UW women, who claimed seven of the 11 swimming events, were led once again by double-event winner sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.), who posted wins in both the 100 (53.35) and 200 (1:55.97) freestyle. Sophomores Julie Massey (Tacoma, Wash.) and Evelyn Hingsbergen (Elk Grove, Calif.) both earned their first individual event victories of the season as Massey swam a winning time of 2:11.31 in the 200 IM and Hingsbergen placed first in 2:10.63 in the 200 butterfly. Freshmen Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) and Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.) continued to shine in their respective specialties, as Staubitz won for the fourth time this season in the 500 freestyle (5:18.43) and Reichardt picked up her third victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.06).

Hingsbergen and Reichardt were joined by sophomore Megan Taggart (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and freshman Lisa Fanning (Bellevue, Wash.) on the winning 400 medley relay squad (4:00.61) as the Huskies won both the relays to open and end the meet.

After surrendering 32 points in the diving events (the UW does not have any divers), the Husky men still found themselves just six points behind, 107-113, heading into the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The relay turned out to be a fight to the finish as Air Force's Charlie Toth anchored the Falcons to a first-place finish in 3:05.13, just 0.59 seconds faster than the second-place Husky squad, which posted a second-place time of 3:05.72.

Despite the loss, the UW got impressive performances from senior Francis Tam (Santa Clara, Calif.) and junior Josh Hickman (Blaine, Wash.), as both came away with two individual event titles. Tam, who opened the meet by swimming on the winning 400 medley relay, claimed wins in both the 200 IM (1:56.57) and the 200 backstroke (1:53.44), while Hickman posted first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:44.76) and the 500 free (4:49.74). Freshmen John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) joined Tam and Hickman in the winners' circle, with wins in the 1000 freestyle (10:07.16) and the 200 breaststroke (2:05.04).

The University of Washington swimming teams will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 6, when they travel to Brigham Young for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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