Women's Swimming Falls To California In Season-Opener

Oct. 1, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington women's swimming team lost its season-opener to California, 141-116 this afternoon at Husky Pool. The Golden Bears won 11 of 14 events and swam the last six events with just one scoring swimmer.

'It's October first and we know we have a long way to go,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'We have a lot of potential and we have a lot of areas that can just get a lot better. We did some things really well today but most importantly this was a good learning experience. This was a great opportunity for us to swim against one of the finest teams in the country. They are a perennial power and you learn a lot about yourself when you compete against a team like theirs. We are going to learn and grow and we are going to build on this and get better. We'll win our fair share of races and we'll win some meets this year. We've got a young team with a lot of potential, a lot of really good people that I think can take this thing to the next level.'

Freshman Caitlyn Shortt was a double-winner for the Huskies, winning both the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Her time of 2:17.98 in the breaststroke ranks fourth on UW all-time list, while her mark of 2:04.00 in the IM ranks fifth-best in Washington history.

'Caitlyn Shortt was unbelievable,' said Wender. 'She's going to have a great Husky career and she proved today that she is capable of swimming with some really talented athletes. Those two wins were no fluke. It was awesome.'

Washington's other victory came in the 200 freestyle relay. Freshman Rachel Seely joined veterans Brittany Epperson, Desiree Johnson and Sharon Olson to post a winning time of 1:35.62.

The Golden Bears had eight different swimmers win individual events, led by double-event winner Emily Silver. Silver won the 50 (23.89) and 100 freestyle (51.66) in back-to-back races.

The Husky women return to competition on Oct. 16 when they host the Purple & Gold intrasquad meet at 11 a.m.

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