Washington Swimming Opens 72nd Season With Oktoberfest

Sept. 29, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington swimming team will open its 72nd season this Saturday, Oct. 4, with the 52st annual intrasquad Oktoberfest meet. The meet is slated for an 11 a.m. start at the Husky Pavilion.

The meet will pit each Husky swimmer against one another, as each competitor will swim seven different events, including the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 100 back and 100 IM. Each swimmer will then be awarded points based on their finish in each event with the male and female with the lowest point total at the end of the meet winning.

Oktoberfest was originally created to be a preseason test of speed and mental toughness as the Huskies head into the season. Meet results will help the coaching staff better assess each athlete's ability and may be used to create starting line-ups and the travel squad.

Last season, Sharon Olson and Melody Staubitz shared the top honor for the women, while Luke Ekhoff was the winner for the men.

Staubitz placed first in the 100 free and second in the 50 free and 100 breast. Olson won three events, including the 50 free, 200 free and 100 IM. Ekhoff won three events, including the 100 breast, 100 free and 100 IM, while placing second in the 50 free and 200 free.

Washington Swimming - Oktoberfest Meet
2002-03 Results

Final Places

Women
1. Melody Staubitz-29 pts.
Sharon Olson-29 pts.
3. Liya Liu-43 pts.
4. Melissa Chandler-50 pts.
5. Brittany Reichardt-51 pts.

Men
1. Luke Ekhoff-20 pts.
2. Derek Rose-23 pts.
3. Matt Zielke-42 pts.
4. Jim Wolfe-53 pts.
5. Justin Adrian-54 pts.

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