Swimming Tops Utah

Jan. 11, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY -- The nationally-ranked Washington swimming teams overpowered Utah this afternoon en route to a pair of dual meet victories. The No. 24 men's team won seven of 13 events to defeat the Utes 120-101 and snap a two meet losing streak. The No. 25 women's team competed for the first time this week, winning all nine of the races they competed in to gain the 125-90 edge over Utah.

Sophomore Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) led the women's team with two victories apiece. Vayo placed first in the 50 freestyle and led a UW sweep of the 200 backstroke event with Abby Hutton (Englewood, Colo.) and Hanah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) coming in a close second and third. Olson notched victories in the 500 and 1000 freestyle races.

The Husky women swept a total of three events on the day including the 200 IM and 200 butterfly. Melissa Chandler (Reno, Nev.) headlined the 200 IM corps with a season-best time of 2:08.24 followed by Jo and Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.). Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) paced the 200 butterfly race, while Casey Sherfey (Kennewick, Wash.) and Evelyn Hingsbergen (Elk Grove, Calif.) placed second and third, respectively.

Also posting wins for the women were Liya Liu in the 200 freestyle, Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) in the 100 freestyle and the 400 medley relay team made up of Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho), Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.), Hilyard and Liu.

The women's 400 freestyle relay team posted the fasted time of the day, as did Reichardt in the 200 breaststroke but Washington swam those events as exhibition after clinching the meet victory.

'I'm so proud of our women's team,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'They won every event and just dominated the field.'

On the men's side, junior Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) was a double winner with victories in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke. The Huskies swept the 200 breaststroke race with Phil Davis (Columbus, Ohio) and Jesse Nitz (Puyallup, Wash.) coming in second and third.

Also placing first for the men's team were Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) in the 200 freestyle, Diogo Bezerra (Recife, Brazil) in the 200 backstroke and Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) in the 500 freestyle.

Washington's men also won both relay events. The 400 medley placed first behind the efforts of Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.), Ekhoff, Adrian and Wolfe, while the 400 freestyle relay team was made up of Adrian, Rose, Nate Bailey (Longview, Wash.) and Piotr Daranowski (Lodz, Poland).

'Our men had a much, much better performance today, coming from behind to steal the victory,' said Wender. 'After a disappointing finish against Air Force and BYU, they showed a lot of heart and character and learned a ton from the experience.'

With the wins, the women's team improves its dual meet record to 11-0, while the men climb to 9-4. The Huskies return to action January 25 when they take on Hawaii in Honolulu.

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