Swimming Defeats Southern California All-Stars

Nov. 9, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash.. -- The Washington swim team defeated the Southern California All-Stars (SCAS) this afternoon at Husky pool with the men cruising to the 169-95 victory and the Husky women winning a closer 148-115 contest.

Sophomore Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) and junior Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) were the big winners for Washington's men, each recording two individual victories and contributing to the winning relays. Wolfe won the 200 freestyle (1:41.83) and 500 free (4:40.59), while swimming the anchor legs of the victorious 400 medley (3:26.34) and 400 free (3:05.12) relays. Rose won the 50 free (21.11) and 100 free (45.5) and led off the 400 free relay.

The Husky men used nine individual victories out of 12 events to capture its sixth win this season and improve to 6-2 overall.

SCAS's Louis Vayo, brother of Husky sophomore Annette Vayo, had a great meet, winning the 100 back (51.79), 200 back (1:50.35) and 200 IM (1:53.04).

Freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) led the Husky women, capturing three individual victories in the 200 free (1:51.45), 500 free (4:54.83) and 1000 free (10:06.15). Senior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) also dominated the field in her events, winning the 50 free (23.68) and 100 free (51.39), while swimming the anchor leg of the winning 400 medley relay (3:50.98).

The women won seven of 12 individual events, with SCAS's Jessica Cruzat doing most of the damage against the Huskies. Cruzat won the 100 back (57.10) and 200 back (2:02.04) and swam the third leg of the winning 400 free relay (3:31.24).

With the win, the women's team remains unbeaten with a 7-0 overall mark.

'We did very well today,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Our big goal going into this event was to see how we perform broken down, sore and tired and we responded well. I think as a team you learn a lot about yourself when you face a little bit of adversity. Its easy to swim fast when you're feeling good and we kept talking all week about how important it was that we get up and race and challenge ourselves when we're a little bit tired. I'm proud of them, they swam well.

'Sharon Olson continues to .just be unbelievably impressive. She's on her way to doing some great stuff for us. I was very proud of her. Kim Harada as a triple winner today was great. I think our women's team did a good job, This So-Cal team was very solid and we stepped up. On the men's side Derek Rose was our star today, dominant in the freestyle events and overall it was a good day for the Huskies.'

The Husky women return to action Nov. 22 with a dual meet against intrastate rivals Washington State in Pullman. Both teams are back in action on Dec. 6-8 when the Huskies host the 54th Annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way.

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