Swimmers Head To Hawaii

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Jan. 23, 2003

A Look Ahead:

The Washington swimming teams travel to Honolulu to take on Hawaii in dual meet action on January 25. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. (HT).

Head To Head:

Washington faced Hawaii earlier this season at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif. The men's teams squared off twice with UH coming away with a pair of victories (72-66, 57-54). The women's team defeated the Rainbow Wahine, 104-32, to advance to the BWS finals as the Huskies won 11 of 14 events.

Scouting Hawaii:

The UH men (12-1) were ranked No. 24 in the last CSCAA poll and are coming off of a split against No. 10 Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Hawaii defeated UNH, 126-10, but stumbled against Wisconsin, 80-58. The women's team (5-10) is coming off a 148-88 victory over San Diego State.

Leading the men's team are Cheyne Bloch and Peter Thew who have each posted a top-10 national time this season. Bloch is second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 100 breaststroke. Thaw is eighth in the 100 freestyle.

The women are led by Chen Yan who ranks seventh nationally in the 200 IM and 10th in the 400 IM.

The Polls:

The CSCAA released its fifth poll of the season on January 16. The Washington men (7-4) dropped from the top-25 after losses to BYU and the Air Force, but hold the first position in the others receiving votes category. The women (9-0) continue to hold onto the No. 22 spot.

Among The Nation's Best:

Washington has numerous swimmers who have posted some of the fastest times in the country. For the men, Luke Ekhoff is fourth in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 breast. In the 100 butterfly, Justin Adrian is fifth and Derek Rose is eight. The 200 medley relay is the nation's fifth-fastest. For the women, Kim Harada is fifth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Anissa Hilyard in 17th in the 200 butterfly and Desiree Johnson is 20th in the 100 backstroke.

A Look Back:

Washington swept Utah on the road on Jan. 11 with the men capturing the 120-101 win and the women notching the 125-90 victory. The men won seven of 13 events, while the women won all nine events they swam for points.

Sophomore Annette Vayo and freshman Sharon Olson 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 and Hanah Jo coming in a close second and third. Olson notched victories in the 500 and 1000 freestyle races.

Also posting wins for the women were Liya Liu in the 200 freestyle, Kim Harada in the 100 freestyle and the 400 medley relay team made up of Desiree Johnson, Brittany Reichardt , 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.

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

Also placing first for the men's team were Justin Adrian in the 200 freestyle, Diogo Bezerra in the 200 backstroke and Jim Wolfe in the 500 freestyle.

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

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