Washington Men's Swimmers Claim First Place In Four Events At the Washington Open

Feb. 2, 2002

FEDERAL WAY, WA -- The University of Washington men's swim team claimed first place in four events Saturday in day three action of the 26th Annual Washington Open at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center.

The men's relay team led the way recording two first place finishes in the 200 medley and the 800 freestyle relay. The UW 'A' team of David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.), Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.), Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), and Piotr Daranowski (Lodz, Poland), placed first in the 200 medley with a time of 1:33.17 picking up the teams first win of the night.

The UW 'B' team of Tim Collins (Vancouver, Wash.) Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.), Kevin Quinn (Issaquah, Wash), and Ekhoff, claimed the men's second relay win of the night in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:51.17. In both the 200 medley and the 800 freestyle relay the Huskies also claimed second place.

Individually Ryan Oleson (McMinnville, Ore.), and Jessie Nitz (Puyallup, Wash.), claimed first place finishes in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke respectively. Oleson had a time of 50.77 in the butterfly and Nitz had a time of 57.40 in the breaststroke.

On the women's side the Huskies failed to win an event but did manage to record one, second place finish. The Huskies team of Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho), Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.), Julie Massey (Tacoma, Wash.), and Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) placed second in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:46.32.

Other highlights from Saturday included local standout Dana Kirk (Tacoma Swim Club) recording two first place finishes in the 400 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. In the 400 individual medley Kirk swam a senior national time of 4:17.52. She also swam the first leg of the 800 freestyle relay that swam a senior national time of 7:39.30 claiming third place.

The Washington Open concludes Sunday with final day action at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. The preliminaries are slated for a 9:30 a.m. start, while the finals are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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