Washington Swimming Splits At Penn State

Nov. 14, 2003

University Park, Pa-- The Washington swimming teams split at Penn State this afternoon with the 14th-ranked men coming out on top 152-136 and the 21st-ranked women dropping to the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions, 157-132.

The men defeated Penn State behind six event victories by the senior class. Justin Adrian and Luke Ekhoff were double winners as Adrian placed first in the 100 (48.56) and 200 butterfly (1:52.80) and Ekhoff won the 200 breaststroke (2:02.54) and 200 IM (1:52.55). Other Huskies posting victories included senior Derek Rose in the 100 backstroke (50.95), senior Phil Davis in the 100 breaststroke (56.47) and junior Diogo Bezerra in the 200 backstroke (1:50.37).

The men's 400 medley relay team of Rose, Davis, Adrian and Lorant Divald won the event in a time of 3:23.59.

On the women's side Sharon Olson stole the show, winning three events and posting two school records. Olson won the 500 (4:51.71) and 1000 freestyle (9:55.52) in record-setting times and also picked up a victory in the 200 IM (2:05.90). Her 500 freestyle time broke her own school record set earlier this year, while she shattered the 1000 freestyle record of 10:00.95 set by Janella Bart in 2000.

All totaled, the Husky women won nine events today. Other event winners included Liya Liu in the 200 freestyle (1:51.38), Desiree Johnson in the 100 backstroke (56.42), Anissa Hilyard in the 200 butterfly (2:00.76), Nicole Bernard in the 200 backstroke (2:01.82) and Brittany Epperson in the 50 freestyle (23.91).

The women's 400 freestyle relay team of Liu, Epperson, Johnson and Olson placed first in a time of 3:28.56.

Washington returns to action tomorrow when it takes on Pittsburgh. The Panther men are ranked 18th and the meet is slated for an 11 a.m. (ET) start.

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