Women's Swimming Wins Big West Shootout Championship

Nov. 2, 2002

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Washington women's swimming team (6-0) defeated UC Santa Barbara (71-24), UNLV (76-35) and Pacific (51-44) today to win the Big West Shootout championship. The men's team (5-2) defeated UC Santa Barbara (79-32) and Pacific (65-30) but fell just short of Hawai'i (57-54) to take second place in the men's competition.

Sophomore Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) were double winners for the Husky women. Vayo won the 50 freestyle (24.21) and 200 backstroke (2:01.68), while Olson placed first in the 500 freestyle (4:55.29) and 1000 freestyle (10:02.52) events. Other Washington winners were Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 200 butterfly (2:02.35) and Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) in the 100 freestyle (50.49). The Huskies 400 freestyle relay also placed first with a time of 3:27.75.

In the men's competition, junior Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) and sophomore Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) each posted two individual victories to pace the Huskies. Ekhoff placed first in the 200 IM (1:52.09) and 200 breaststroke (2:01.28), while Wolfe won the 200 freestyle (1:40.31) and 500 freestyle (4:31.13). Joining Ekhoff and Wolfe in the winner's circle were John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) in the 1000 freestyle (9:35.02) and Diogo Bezerra (Recife, Brazil) in the 200 backstroke (1:50.69). The men's 400 freestyle relay also snagged first place with a time of 3:03.95.

The swimming team's return to action Nov. 9 when they host the Southern California All-Stars made up of the area's top high-school-aged swimmers. The meet will begin at 9 a.m.

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