UW Splits Squad To Swim At Hawaii And Washington Open

Jan. 28, 2004

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THIS WEEKEND: The Huskies will split the squad this weekend to swim at Hawaii and at the Washington Open in Federal Way. The Hawaii dual meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. (HT). It marks the third time this season the Huskies and Rainbow Wahine have face each other as the teams competed in back-to-back days at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Washington's men defeated then-13th-ranked Hawaii twice, while the women split with then-25th-ranked UH. The Husky men are currently ranked 18th, while the Hawaii men are ranked 19th. The UW women are ranked 23rd, while the UH women hold the No. 25 spot.

UW will also send a dozen swimmers to Federal Way to compete in the Washington Open, Jan. 30-31. Preliminaries are set for 9:30 a.m., with finals beginning at 5 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Washington swimming teams made their last home appearances of the season with the men placing first out of the four team field and the women placing second at the UW Quad Meet on Jan 17. The meet was scored using the NCAA Double Dual Format with each team scoring against another in a series of dual meets. The 18th-ranked men (11-1) came out on top defeating defending NAIA national champions Simon Fraser, 103-27, defending Canadian champions British Columbia, 79-42, and UC Davis, 97-24. The 23rd-ranked women (9-4) defeated Simon Fraser, 105-16, and UC Davis, 105-16, but fell to UBC, 68-53.

Senior Justin Adrian stole the show with three individual victories, setting a school record in the 100 freestyle (44.92). Adrian also won the 100 (48.47) and 200 butterfly (1:52.78) events and teamed up with seniors Derek Rose, Phil Davis and Luke Ekhoff to win the 200 medley relay in the team's fastest time of the season (1:30.94).

Rose was a double-winner for the Huskies, winning the 50 freestyle (20.78) and 100 backstroke (49.73) in the team's fastest times of the season.

Also posting victories for the Husky men was Davis in the 100 breaststroke (55.41), Lorant Divald in the 200 freestyle (1:42.11), Kevin Quinn in the 1000 freestyle (9:39.89) and Diogo Bezerra in the 200 backstroke (1:50.74).

Sophomores Liya Liu and Sharon Olson led the women's team, each picking up a pair of victories. Liu won the 100 (51.46) and 200 freestyle (1:51.10), while Olson posted victories in the 500 (4:58.60) and 1000 freestyle (10:04.90) races.

Also winning events for the Husky women were juniors Anissa Hilyard and Desiree Johnson. Hilyard won the 200 butterfly (2:02.64) for the sixth straight time, while Johnson tallied her fifth win of the season in the 100 backstroke (56.57).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Both of Washington's swimming teams rank among the top 25 in the latest College Swim Coaches' Association poll. The men, who peaked at No. 14 on Nov. 12, currently hold the No. 18 ranking. The women, who have ranked as high as No. 21 (Nov. 12) rank 23rd.

LUCKY NUMBER 13: The men's swimming team has found the number 13 to be lucky this season. The Husky men have swam against the 13th-ranked team three times this season and have come away with three wins. UW defeated No. 13 Hawaii (74-64 and 56-55) and No. 13 Arizona State (126-123).

ADRIAN TOPS OWN SCHOOL RECORD IN 100 FREESTYLE: Senior Justin Adrian broke his own school record in the 100 freestyle at the UW Quad Meet on Jan. 17 with a time of 44.92. Adrian set the previous record last season with a time of 45.01 at the 2003 Husky Invitational.

OLSON SMASHES SCHOOL RECORDS: Sophomore Sharon Olson has tallied four school record times this season in the 500 and 1000 freestyle and the 200 IM. Olson opened the season with record-breaking swims in the 500 freestyle (4:51.85) and 200 individual medley (2:01.42) at the SMU Classic. Oslon upped her performance against Penn State, posting an even faster mark in the 500 (4:51.71) and shattering the 1000 freestyle record in a time of 9:55.52. The 1000 freestyle time surpassed the previous record of 10:00.95 set by Janella Bart in 2000.

MEN UPSET 13th-RANKED HAWAII, TWICE: The men's swimming team upset No. 13 Hawaii twice en route to the Big West Shootout Championship. The men defeated Hawaii 94-59 on the first day and edged them again 61-50 in the championship. The wins marked the highest ranked opponents the Huskies have defeated since head coach Mickey Wender took over the team six years ago. The meet was highlighted by the 400 freestyle relay team that set a school record. Derek Rose, Jim Wolfe, Lorant Divald and Justin Adrian combined to swim the race in 3:00.34, breaking the old record of 3:01.51 set in 1999.

UW TOPS NO. 13 ARIZONA STATE: The Washington swimming teams upset Arizona State on January 3, with both meets coming down to the last race. The 25th-ranked women won the 200 freestyle relay to pick up the 129-120 win over 16th-ranked ASU, while the 19th-ranked Husky men placed second and third in the final race of the day to edge 13th-ranked Arizona State, 126-123.

The wins marked Washington's first ever dual meet victories over the Sun Devils and its first victories over ASU since both the men and women defeated Arizona State in the 1996 Pac-10 Championships.

Sophomore Sharon Olson was the big winner on the women's side, picking up three of Washington's four individual victories in the 200 IM (2:06.81), 500 (5:01.04) and 1000 (10:07.16) freestyle. Brittany Epperson tallied Washington's other individual victory, placing first in the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.22.

The Husky women won four of five relay events, including the 200 medley and 200 freestyle, and the unconventional 300 breaststroke and 300 backstroke relays.

The senior class propelled the men's team to victory as Justin Adrian, Luke Ekhoff and Derek Rose each tallied at least three victories. Adrian won the 200 freestyle (1:39.54) in a season-best time, while also contributing to the winning 200 medley relay (1:31.08), 300 butterfly relay and the 300 backstroke relay.

Rose picked up victories in the 50 freestyle (21.14), as well as the 200 medley relay, 300 butterfly relay and 300 backstroke relay.

Ekhoff was a triple-winner, posing wins in the 200 individual medley (1:52.35) in a season-best time, and swimming on the winning 200 medley and 300 breaststroke relays.

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Washington swimming team selected Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian, Melody Staubitz and Desiree Johnson team captains for the 2003-04 season.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 23-player Washington men's roster includes 17 returning letterwinners. The 2003 team includes eight seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and four freshman. The team represents eight states and three countries, including Washington (11), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Hawaii (1), Missouri (1), Oregon (3), Brazil (1), Slovakia (1), Alberta (1), Alaska (1).

On the women's side the 24-player roster, includes 17 returning letterwinners. The 2003 team includes three seniors, 11 juniors, eight sophomores and two freshman. The team represents seven states, including Washington (12), Nevada (2), California (5), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Arizona (2), Nebraska (1).

COACH WENDER: Mickey Wender (Vermont, 1989) begins his sixth year at the helm of the Washington swimming program. He boasts a 51-22 men's dual meet record and a 58-21 women's dual meet record. Since joining the Huskies coaching staff in 1998, Washington swimmers have broken the school's records 74 times and have crowned seven All-American's. Wender is assisted by Joe Dykstra (Washington, 1998), Kim Harada (Washington 2002) and Beth Slaughter (Linfield, 1997).

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Washington has swam five meets against ranked teams this season. The men defeated No. 13 Hawaii twice, No. 13 Arizona State and No. 20 BYU and lost to No. 18 Pittsburgh. The women have defeated No. 16 ASU, No. 25 Hawaii twice and droped to No. 12 Penn State.

2002-03 REVIEW: The 2002-03 edition of Husky swimming certainly raised the bar as both the men's and women's team's broke their way into the top 25 rankings and UW sent seven athletes to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, more than tripling the number of competitors that competed the season before.

The Huskies broke 18 school records and had four athletes earn All-America honors. The women's team sent four swimmers to the NCAA meet and placed 19th for the highest national finish for the Washington women since swimming became a NCAA sponsored sport in 1982.

Kim Harada had a phenomenal showing at the championships, recording two fourth place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle events to earn All-America honors. She also earned honorable mention honors in the 200 freestyle relay along with teammates Annette Vayo, Melody Staubitz and Sharon Olson.

The men's team sent Justin Adrian, Luke Ekhoff and Derek Rose.

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