UW Men's Swimming Completes Regular Season In Winning Style

Feb. 15, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington men's swimming team added another win to their regular season, defeating Simon Fraser this afternoon 139-75. Washington's regular season dual meet record is now 8-5. Before the meet,Washington honored its four seniors. Head coach Mickey Wender commented on his seniors, saying, 'I am proud of them. They have been through a lot and have stuck it out. They have always been committed to this program. This team is in the home stretch now. This was a good meet and we worked out some bugs. This was a good chance, from a coaching perspective, to figure out relay spots. The best is definitely yet to come. We will do our best in three weeks when it matters.'

Senior Matt Zielke picked up his first collegiate win and improved his personal best by capturing the 100 backstroke in 51.35 seconds. Zielke took third place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.92. Junior Derek Rose won two events. He won the 50 freestyle in 21.42 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 50.01 seconds. Coach Wender said, 'Derek is in striking distance of making the NCAA's. He is going to have a great conference meet and is in position to make it to nationals.' Sophomore Jim Wolfe also won two events. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:41.47 and 500 freestyle in 4:39.27.

The Washington men's swimming team competes again on March 6-8 at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Washington women's swimming team will compete at the Pac-10 championships on Feb. 27-Mar.1 in Federal Way, Wash.

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