Team Purple Wins Annual Purple & Gold Intrasquad Swim Meet

Oct. 12, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington swimming team competed in its annual Purple & Gold intrasquad meet this afternoon at Husky Pool. The meet was formatted like a dual meet, pitting half of the squad (Team Purple) against the other half (Team Gold) in 14 events.

Today's meet was the closest in recent memory with Team Purple squeaking out the 253-252 victory. Each squad tallied seven wins in the meet and the score remained tied through nine events. The meet championship came down to the last event of the day, the men's 200 free relay. A first place finish by Team Purple's Piotr Daranowski (Lodz, Poland), Philip Davis (Columbus, Ohio), Nate Bailey (Longview, Wash.) and Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) in a time of 1:26.04 was gave the team just enough points to edge Team Gold and avenge last year's three point snub.

Leading the charge for Team Purple was a trio of double-event winners, including Megan Bright (Poulsbo, Wash.), Adrian and Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.).

Bright showed her versatility winning the longest and shortest events of the meet, the 1,000 free (10:27.67) and 50 free (25.06). Adrian placed first in the 100 (49.20) and 200 (1:53.89) fly, while Wolfe won the 200 (1:43.38) and 500 free (4:42.44).

Rounding out Team Purple's individual winners were Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) in the 100 back (58.49), Davis in the 100 breast (58.67), Abby Hutton (Englewood, Colo.) in the 200 back (2:09.58), Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) in the 100 fly (58.89), Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.) in the 100 breast (1:07.78) and Hanah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) in the 200 IM (2:07.87). Team Purple also captured the men's 200 medley relay (1:48.95) behind the efforts of Kurt Hardesty (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jesse Nitz (Puyallup, Wash.), Adrian and Wolfe.

Team Gold was led by triple-winner Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) and double-winner Derek Rose (Forest, Ore.). Olson won the 100 (52.90), 200 (1:52.37) and 500 free (5:00.68), while Rose won the 50 (21.72) and 100 free (46.92) in back to back events.

Other Team Gold winners included Kevin Quinn (Issaquah, Wash.) in the 1,000 free (9:50.77), Diogo Bezerra (Recife, Brazil) in the 100 back (52.44), Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 200 fly (2:04.99), Brendon Bray (Reno, Nev.) in the 200 back (1:53.21), Capi Adams (Bend, Ore.) and Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) in the 200 breast (2:26.47 and 2:06.02) and Craig Gillis (Calgary, Alberta) in the 200 IM (1:57.59). Team Gold also won two relays, including the 200 free (1:41.31) and 200 medley (1:48.95). The 200 free relay included Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.), Lisa Fanning (Bellevue, Wash.), Adams and Leslie Wukstich (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and the 200 medley relay included Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.), Staubitz, Hilyard and Olson.

The Huskies hit the pool again next Saturday, October 19, when they host Pittsburgh in the first official dual meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon in Husky Pool.

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