Swimming Advances To Big West Shootout Championship

Nov. 1, 2002

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Washington women's swimming team (3-0) defeated Hawai'i (104-32) and UNLV (96-42) to this afternoon at the Big West Shootout. Washington's men (3-1) came in second behind Hawai'i (72-66) and in front of UNLV (92-40) and Denver (110-28). With the top-two finishes, the Huskies advance to the championship rounds tomorrow against the top two Big West teams, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific.

The Washington women dominated the field, winning 11 of the 14 swimming events. The Huskies, who do not field a diving team, sat out the one and three meter dive events. Freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) was a triple-winner for the Huskies, placing first in the 100 freestyle (52.33), 200 freestyle (1:50.66) and 500 freestyle (4:56.91). Other event winners were Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho) in the 100 backstroke (57.38), Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.11), Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 200 butterfly (2:03.88), Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) in the 50 free (23.88), Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) in the 200 backstroke (2:02.88) and Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) in the 100 butterfly (57.67). The Huskies also won the 200 medley relay (1:46.62) and 200 free relay (1:35.71).

Washington's men won seven of 14 swimming events, headlined by sophomore double-winner Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) who won the 200 freestyle (1:41.47) and 500 freestyle (4:34.20). Other event winners for the Huskies included John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) in the 1650 freestyle, Diogo Bezerra (Recife, Brazil) in the 200 backstroke (1:52.08), Luke Efhoff (Portland, Ore.) in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.57) and Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) in the 100 butterfly (49.26). Washington also won the 200 free relay (1:24.11).

Day two action of the Big West Shootout continues tomorrow with preliminaries slated 10:00 a.m. and finals at 2:00 p.m.www.gohuskies.com

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