Swimmers Dominate New Year's Invitational

Jan. 3, 2003

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Washington swimming teams kicked off their 2003 schedule with a sweep of the seven-team New Year's Invitational hosted by Florida Atlantic. The No. 24 men utilized 588 points to edge second place Pennsylvania (532), while the No. 25 women tallied 728 points to down second place Oakland (394).

The Husky men notched eight wins led by double-winner Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) in the 200 freestyle (1:42.07) and the 200 butterfly (1:54.61). Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Calif.) and John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) showed Washington's endurance, winning the distance freestyle events. Wolfe won the 500 freestyle with a 4:42.59 mark, while Lyssand posted a 9:47.84 time in the 1000 race. Also recording individual victories were Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) in the 200 individual medley (1:54.00) and Jesse Nitz (Puyallup, Wash.) in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.85).

The men's team also captured wins in the 400 freestyle (3:08.94) and medley relays (3:26.15).

The Husky women won 11 of their 13 events, forfeiting the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Senior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) led the women with victories in the 50 (24.06) and 100 freestyle (2:04.32), events she holds the school records in. Also posting individual victories for Washington were Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) in the 1000 freestyle (10:24.81), Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) in the 200 freestyle (1:53.98), Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) in the 200 IM (2:08.31), Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 200 butterfly (2:04.32), Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) in the 200 backstroke (2:06.66), Haley Wolcott (Puyallup, Wash.) in the 500 freestyle (5:08.13) and Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.) in the 200 breaststroke.

The women's team also swept both relay events, swimming the 400 free relay in 3:08.94 and the 400 medley relay in 3:26.15.

The Huskies return to action January 9, when the men take on the Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. The women's next competition will take place on January 11 against Utah in Provo.

NOTE: The meet was also scored as a dual meet between the Huskies and Oakland with Washington coming out on top.

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