Men's Swimming Faces Top Talent At The Pac-10 Championships This Weekend

March 7, 2002

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SEATTLE - The Washington men's swimming team, in its 70th season as a varsity sport, will look to break a string of sixth-place finishes this weekend at the 2002 Pac-10 championships in Long Beach, Calif., March 7-9. The Huskies will face some of the top talent in the nation, as five of the six teams are currently ranked in the top nine, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Arizona St, No. 8 USC and No. 9 Arizona.

The Pac-10 diving competition, which will also count toward team totals, took place at Arizona last weekend. Washington is the only school to not field a diving squad.

Flash Back - 2001 Pac-10 Meet: With five school record-breaking swims, the Husky men's team placed sixth at the Pac-10 meet in Long Beach, Calif., finishing with 190 total points.

UW freshmen Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) both advanced to a championship final in one event each. Adrian finished seventh in the 100 fly with a school record time of 48.43, tallying his first career NCAA provisional time, while also meeting the senior national standard.

Ekhoff, meanwhile, came in eighth place in the 200 breaststroke, after recording his best time of the season in the preliminaries (2:01.26).

Besides Adrian's school record, two other individual records also fell in the backstroke events. Teammates David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) and Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) tied for 18th in the 100-yard race with a time of 50.53, while former standout Francis Tam capped his career by breaking his own school record in the 200 backstroke (1:47.83), en route to a 10th-place finish.

Both medley relay teams swam the fastest times in school history, as the 200 medley finished in a time of 1:30.88, while the 400 medley recorded a time of 3:19.27.

Record-Breaking Campaign: With five straight victories, the Husky men's team finished the 2001-02 dual-meet season with a 15-1 mark, setting a school record for wins in a season. The UW easily surpassed the previous high of 11, set by four squads in 1958-59, 1959-60, 1983-84 and 1985-86.

Like the women, the UW men began this season with a perfect 10-0 record at the Big West Shootout, before dropping its only meet to Pac-10 foe No. 5 Arizona State (208-80). The Huskies rebounded with a close win over BYU (108.5-96.5) and dominating performances versus Utah (138-65), UC Davis (195-65), Air Force (194-68) and finally Hawai'i (163.5-130.5).

The Husky men's squad also won all four of its invitational meets.

High Expectations: With all three of the Huskies' NCAA provisional times this season, sophomore Luke Ekhoff enters this week's Pac-10 meet with high expectations.

Ekhoff showed just what he was capable of at the Husky Invitational earlier this season, swimming a school-record time of 1:58.06 in the 200 breaststroke, which ranked third nationally in the most recent national top times list. The sophomore also had NCAA B times in the 100 breaststroke (55.68) and the 200 individual medley (1:49.62).

UW Head Coach Mickey Wender: In his fourth year at the University of Washington, head coach Mickey Wender has helped the UW men to a 32-16 record, winning nearly 67 percent of its dual meets.

The Huskies broke eight school records in Wender's first season, three in his second and seven a year ago. The UW has also earned a pair of No. 24 national rankings in both 2001 and 2002.

Prior to coming to Washington, Wender led UC Santa Cruz to four, top-10 national finishes in six years (1992-98), compiling a 54-6 interdivisional dual meet record. He also coached the 1996 NCAA Division III 200 IM champion and guided his athletes to more than 60 All-America performances at UCSC.

2002 Pac-10 Meet Quick Facts
What: Pac-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships

Where: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif. (hosted by Cal)

When: Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9, Prelims begin at 11:00 am and finals begin at 6 p.m. each day

UW Pac-10 Recent History
Year Place Year Place
1985-86 6th 1993-94 7th
1986-87 7th 1994-95 6th
1987-88 7th 1995-96 5th
1988-89 7th 1996-97 6th
1989-90 7th 1997-98 6th
1990-91 7th 1998-99 6th
1991-92 7th 1999-00 6th
1992-93 7th 2000-01 6th

2002 Pac-10 Meet Order of Events
Thursday
1. 200 freestyle relay, 2. 500 freestyle,
3. 200 individual medley, 4. 50 freestyle,
6. 400 medley relay

Friday
7. 200 medley relay, 8. 400 individual medley, 9. 100 butterfly, 10. 200 freestyle,
11. 100 breaststroke, 12. 100 backstroke,14. 800 freestyle relay

Saturday
15. 1650 freestyle, 16. 200 backstroke,
17. 100 freestyle, 18. 200 breaststroke,
19. 200 butterfly, 21. 400 freestyle relay

CSCAA Top 25 Poll 3/1/02
Rank School (1st) Votes
1 Stanford (8) 200
2 Auburn 192
3 Texas 184
4 California 176
5 Tennessee 167
6 Minnesota 159
7 Arizona St. 150
8 USC 146
9 Arizona 135
10 Michigan 131
11 Florida 117
12 Virginia 111
13 South Carolina 105
14 Georgia 98
15 Texas A&M 77
16 SMU 74
17 Wisconsin 71
18 Alabama 64
19 Pittsburgh 62
20 Penn State 51
21 Indiana 34
22 Georgia Tech 27
23 Purdue 26
24 North Carolina 19
25 Northwestern 14

Others receiving votes: Washington (8), Clemson (1), Florida State (1)

2002 UW Top Times
50 Freestyle - Derek Rose (20.96)
100 Freestyle - Tim Collins (45.76)
200 Freestyle - Jim Wolfe (1:40.55)

500 Freestyle - Jim Wolfe (4:31.75)
1000 Freestyle - Kevin Quinn (9:25.17)
1650 Freestyle - Kevin Quinn (15:35.90)

100 Backstroke - David Moilanen (50.29)
200 Backstroke - David Moilanen (1:48.89)

100 Breaststroke - Luke Ekhoff (55.68+^)
200 Breaststroke - Luke Ekhoff (1:58.06sr+^)

100 Butterfly - Justin Adrian (49.02^)
200 Butterfly - Jeff Hyman (1:49.52^)

200 IM - Luke Ekhoff (1:49.62+^)
400 IM - Cameron Barclift (4:02.05)

200 Freestyle Relay - UW (1:24.17)
400 Freestyle Relay - UW (3:03.10^)
800 Freestyle Relay - UW (6:47.85^)
200 Medley Relay - UW (1:32.19)
200 Medley Relay - UW (3:21.49^)

KEY
* NCAA A standard + NCAA B standard
^ US Swimming Senior National standard
! personal/career record sr school record

2002 Results

OCTOBER
19 Husky Relays 1st
WASH 80, SU 36, SFU, 30
26-27 Clan Cup (@Burnaby, BC) 1st
UW 425, SFU 119, BC 25, UC 24, PD 12, UV 3

NOVEMBER
2 Big West Shootout (@Irvine, CA)
def. UCI, 102-36, def. Cal Poly, 110-12,
def. CSUN, 110-22, def. UCSB, 91-31,
def. Pacific, 98-24.
3 Big West Shootout (@Irvine, CA)
def. UCI, 75-36, def. Cal Poly, 86-9,
def. CSUN, 86-19, def. UCSB, 67-28,
def. Pacific, 66-29.
29-30 Husky Invitational 1st

DECEMBER1-2 Husky Invitational 1st
29 at Arizona State (Tempe, AZ) L, 80-208

JANUARY
11 Brigham Young W, 108.5-96.5
12 Utah W, 138-65
19 UC Davis W, 195-65
19 Air Force W, 194-68
26 at Hawai'i (Honolulu, HI) W, 163.5-130.5
31 Washington Open 1st

FEBRUARY
1-3 Washington Open 1st

MARCH
7-9 at Pac-10s (Long Beach, CA) 11am/6pm
10 at Belmont Invite (L. Beach, CA) 11 am
28-30 at NCAAs (Athens, GA) 9am/4pm

Home meets in bold. All times Pacific.
Home meets held at Husky Pool (Seattle, WA) or
King County Aquatic Center (Federal Way, WA)

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