Women's Swimming Defeats Washington State, 162-97

Nov. 21, 2003

SEATTLE -Washington's 21st-ranked women's swimming team (7-3) defeated Washington State (1-3), 162-97 this evening in the swimming version of the Apple Cup. The Huskies won 10 of the first 12 events before swimming the final two events as exhibition. The win improves Washington's all-time record against the Cougars to 24-1-1.

Washington was led by sophomore sensation Sharon Olson who won all three events she swam this evening. Olson posted victories in the 100 (51.59), 200 (1:49.85) and 500 freestyles (4:56.07) for her second triple-win meet of the season.

The Huskies swept four events one-two-three, including the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 50 and 500 freestyle. Junior Anissa Hilyard picked up both wins in the butterfly races (57.65, 2:02.19), posting her fifth consecutive 200 fly victory. Freshman Brittany Epperson won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.97.

Sophomore Nicole Bernard placed first in the 200 backstroke (2:01.45) and her second place finish in the 100 backstroke (56.69) bumped her up four places on the UW top-10 list to sixth.

Also winning an individual event for the Huskies was senior co-captain Desiree Johnson who won the100 backstroke for the second-straight time.

Washington opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Johnson, Melody Staubitz, Jenn Latzen and Epperson combined to swim UW's fastest time of the season in 1:45.55.

Washington State was led by freshman Monika Povilonyte who posted victories in the 100 (1:05.14) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.59).

The Huskies return to action with the squad splits to compete in the US Open and the Wildcat Invitational host by Central Washington on Dec. 4-6.

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