UW Men, UCLA Women Claim Team Titles At The 54th Annual Husky Invitational

Dec. 2, 2001

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The University of Washington men and the 10th-ranked UCLA women each claimed team titles Sunday as the 54th Annual Husky Invitational concluded at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center. UW junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) added her second NCAA automatic time of the four-day meet, this time in the 100 freestyle, while sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) each record NCAA B times for the Huskies.

'It's great to end with your best session - we were on a real roll tonight,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. 'As a team, this was our mid-terms. It was a good time to see where we are both as racers and in our training, and I think we did very well, but have a lot of great swimming ahead of us.'

Coming off her NCAA automatic time in the 50 free on Friday, Harada recorded an automatic time in the 100 freestyle, placing second with a school-record time of 49.63 behind UCLA's Sara Platzer (49.33). Harada had originally broken her own school record time of 50.14, with her winning preliminaries' time of 49.78, before bettering the mark in the evening's finals.

Ekhoff, meanwhile, became the first Husky swimmer in school history to break the two-minute barrier in the 200 breaststroke, coming in with a first-place and NCAA B time of 1:58.07. Earlier in the day, the sophomore broke Brent Nordyke's 1995 UW record of 2:00.01, with a time of 1:59.20 in the prelims. Ekhoff beat his nearest opponent, Andrew Reynolds of Multnomah Athletic Club (2:06.46), by more than eight seconds in the finals.

Hilyard posted her first career NCAA B time in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.64), before improving her time in the final with a second-place effort of 2:01.22. Hilyard's time, which was a lifetime best by more than a full second, moved her into third place in the Husky all-time top 10 behind a pair of All-Americans in Irene Schneider (2:00.23) and Trina Tagas (2:00.63)

In other results in the women's meet, 10th-ranked UCLA won four of the final six events, posting three NCAA automatic times in the 100 free (Platzer - 49.33), 200 breaststroke (Elvira Fischer - 2:13.65) and the 200 butterfly (Kristen Lewis - 1:59.52).

Besides Ekhoff's first place in the 200 breaststroke, sophomore John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) won the 1650 freestyle for the second straight year, coming in with a time of 15:47.58, while the Huskies' 400 freestyle relay finished first in 3:05.73. UW junior Jeff Hyman (Phoenix, Ariz.) also posted a senior-national qualifying time in the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly (1:49.52) before finishing behind Reno Aquatic Club's Erik Scalise (1:48.99) in the finals.

(Complete meet results are posted on Washington's official website: www.gohuskies.com)

Final Team Scores
Men
1. Washington 1,555.50 pts.
2. Boise YMCA 298 pts.
3. Whitworth 244 pts.
4. Puget Sound 210 pts.
5. Reno Aquatic Club 177 pts.

Women
1. UCLA 1,242 pts.
2. Washington 727 pts.
3. Reno Aquatics 340 pts.
4. Stanford Covington 260 pts.
5. Spokane Area 158 pts.

Top 5 Individual Finishers

Men
1. Erik Scalise, Reno 87 pts.
2. Brian Davis, IST 82 pts.
3. Josh Jordan, Unatt. 74.50 pts.
4. Sam Masson, BY 73 pts.
5. Kurt Cady, BCH 71 pts.

Women
1. Brooke Bishop, SCRA 91 pts.
2. Cathy Coler, UCLA 77.50 pts.
3. Lauren Costella, CT 77 pts.
4. Malin Svahnstrom, UCLA 76 pts.
5. Jackie Lobdell, UCLA 68 pts.

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