Sharon Olson & Jared Osborne Win Oktoberfest Swimming Titles

Sept. 25, 2004

SEATTLE-- Washington junior Sharon Olson earned top female honors at the Huskies' annual season-opening Oktoberfest swim meet this afternoon, while sophomore Jared Osborne won the men's title. The Huskies combined to break four meet records in the intrasquad meet, which pitted each swimmer against each other in seven separate events (50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 IM) at Husky Pool.

'I am excited by what I have seen so far, not just today but over the last few weeks,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It has been a real test physically, mentally and emotionally in every way possible and I think that we have a good solid group with a lot of character and a lot of integrity. We have a ton of potential, but today's times were average compared to where we could be. Our depth seems to be solid enough where we look like we are going to be a pretty good team.'

Olson claimed the women's title for the third-straight year with 20 points, after winning the 200 free (1:53.69) and setting a meet record in the 50 free (24.10).

'Sharon has impressed me in the last two weeks with her maturity, focus, and her ability to really tap into the team with what they need to do,' said Wender. 'She is going to take her swimming to a whole new level. She has learned a lot over the summer and I think that she is ready to have a breakthrough year. She has a carefree spirit but she also knows how to be a leader on the deck and in the pool.'

Freshman Caitlyn Shortt placed second overall with 25 points and set meet records in the 100 breast (1:05.52) and 100 IM (58.94). Rounding out the top five women's finishers were senior co-captain Erin Kloos (45 points), freshmen Mary Patterson (49 points) and senior Hannah Jo (54 points.

Other event winners on the women's side were senior Anissa Hilyard in the 100 fly (58.42), senior co-captain Desiree Johnson in the 100 back (58.32) and freshman Rachel Seely in the 100 free (53.14).

Osborne won the men's title with 35 points, including a first place finish in the 100 fly (52.03).

'Jared had a great summer and came back to swim with our club, Team Starbucks,' said Wender. 'Things weren't quite going the way that he wanted in Missouri, but he came back and has been very impressive. He has had flashes of brilliance through his freshman year, but he has grown so much in one year. I am excited for him and he has really done a great job.'

Senior Cameron Barclift finished second in the men's competition with 37 points, followed by senior co-captain Jim Wolfe (50 points), freshman Taylor Brugh (51 points) and freshman Bret Lundgaard (55 points).

Freshman Bruno Barbic was a double-event winner for the Huskies, placing first in the 50 free (21.41) and 100 free (46.66). Other event winners for the men were Brugh in the 100 back (52.91), Wolfe in the 200 free (1:42.54); Barclift in the 100 breast (59.96) and Lorant Divald in the 100 IM (54.01).

Both Washington swimming teams officially open the season next week. The women host California on Friday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m., and the men host British Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.

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