Swimming Sweeps Pair of Dual Meets Versus BYU

Jan. 11, 2002

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's swimming team handed Brigham Young (3-1) its first loss since the 1999-2000 season, defeating the Cougars 108.5-96.5, Friday at Husky Pool. The UW women, meanwhile, cruised to an easy 123-77 victory over BYU (3-2), to break a two-meet losing skid. The Husky men improved to 6-1 overall, while the women moved to 6-2 in 2001-02.

The Husky men's win avenged three losses to the Cougars a year ago, while the defeat also snapped BYU's 19-meet winning streak, which began in the 1999-2000 season. The UW was ahead through the first six events, before a one-two finish by the Cougars in the 100 freestyle vaulted them into a slim two-point lead at 66.5-64.5.

The Huskies, however, jumped back into the lead in the very next event when senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) won the 100 backstroke in 50.44, while teammate Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) finished third in 51.38.

The UW then put the meet out of reach, as freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) won the 500 freestyle (4:36.71) and sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) claimed a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (57.25), to give the Huskies an insurmountable 104.5-83.5 lead heading into the final event.

Other Huskies to win events on the men's side, included the 200 medley relay team (season-best - 1:32.76), John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) in the 1000 freestyle (9:34.73) and Ryan Oleson (McMinnville, Ore.) in the 100 butterfly (50.65).

On the women's side, the Huskies won eight of the first nine events, before exhibitioning (not scoring) all of its swimmers in the final two events. UW freshman Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) was a triple-event winner, claiming first in the 500 (5:08.39) and 1000 (10:33.87) freestyle and the 400 individual medley (4:30.55).

Husky junior co-captain Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) continued to dominate in the sprint and middle-distance freestyle events, winning both the 100 (50.84) and 200-yard (1:52.86) races for the second straight meet. Senior Julie Massey (Tacoma, Wash.) also finished first in the 100 butterfly (57.62), while freshman Desiree Johnson (Post Fall, Idaho) rounded out the group of winners, touching first in the 100 backstroke (57.75).

Both the Washington men's and women's swimming teams will be back in action Saturday, for another dual meet versus Utah at 1 p.m., at Husky Pool.

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