Women's Swimming Hosts Oregon State

Feb. 4, 2003

A LOOK AHEAD: The Husky women (10-0, 1-0) return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 after a week off. Washington hosts Pac-10 rival Oregon State (12-2, 2-2) at Husky Pool for an 11 a.m. daul meet. The Beavers are fresh off a victory over Washington State to set the school record for most dual meet wins in a season (12). The Husky women have never lost to Oregon State and squeaked out the victory last season. 132-130. The men's team (7-5) doesn't compete this week but will be back in the pool on Feb. 15 when they host non-conference foe Simon Fraser at 11 a.m.

RECORDS FALL IN HAWAII: The men's team toppled two school records in the 400 medley relay'against Hawaii. Junior Derek Rose paced the relay with a school record 100 backstroke time of 49.49. Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian and Jim Wolfe then combined with Rose to post the fastest 400 MR (3:17.77) time in Husky history. Washington has now broke 10 school records this season and has notched 15 NCAA B consideration time standards.

THE POLLS: The CSCAA released its sixth poll of the season on January 30. The Washington women dropped to places to No. 24 after a dominating victory over Hawaii and a week off. The men, despite dropping to Hawaii two weeks ago, continue to rank first in the others receiving votes category.

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. For the women, Kim Harada is fifth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Anissa Hilyard is 22nd in the 200 butterfly and Desiree Johnson is 22nd in the 100 backstroke.

A LOOK BACK: The Washington women's team defeated Hawaii, 166-112, behind seven first place finishes on Jan. 25. The Washington men, despite posting two school records, lost to No. 24 Hawaii, 171-117.

Senior Kim Harada paced the Husky women with three first place finishes. She edged out Hawaii's Yan Chen by .06 with a winning time of 1:50.01 in the 200 freestyle. Harada then led a first through third sweep of the 50 freestyle along with Annette Vayo and freshman Rachel Owen. She capped off the day with a victory in the 100 freestyle (50.94).

Standout freshman Sharon Olson captured first place finishes in two races. She swam a career-best time in the 1650 freestyle (16:49.17) to post a NCAA B consideration standard and won the 500 freestyle (4:58.99).

The women's team also captured first place finishes in the 400 medley and freestyle relays. The 400 MR team (3:50.34) included Desiree Johnson, Brittany Reichardt, Anissa Hilyard and Harada, while the 400 FR team (3:30.55) included Olson, Liya Liu, Johnson and Vayo.

The men's meet was highlighted with two school records falling in the first event. Derek Rose, Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian and Jim Wolfe combined for a Husky all-time-best 3:17.77 mark in the 400 medley relay, setting a NCAA B consideration time standard. Rose's leadoff time in the event also set a school record in the 100 backstroke (49.45).

Adrian recorded two individual race victories to lead the men's squad. He topped his season-best in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.46 and won the 100 butterfly (48.60). Rose took home the only other first place finish for the Husky men, winning the 100 freestyle in 45.61.

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