Team Purple Wins Swimming Purple & Gold Classic

Oct. 16, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington swimming team split its squad and competed in the Purple and Gold Classic this morning with Team Purple coming away with the 273-241 victory over Team Gold.

Team Purple won 17 out of 28 events and was led by triple-event winners Bruno Barbic, Taylor Brugh, Sharon Olson and Jake Salaz. Freshman Caitlyn Shortt led all swimmers with four wins for Team Gold.

'I thought it was a good meet,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It was a good chance to us to see them compete in a NCAA dual meet environment. There were very spirited and they showed a lot of character. It's hard to get up and race your teammates so I thought they did a really nice job of getting up and competing well. Our times were relatively slow with a few notable exceptions but those will come with time. I thought the way we executed out races, the details, the turns, the finishes, were better but our finishes still need some work. All in all, it was a good day.'

Team Gold took the early 40-29 lead after the first four events as it won the women's 200-yard medley relay and both the men's and women's 1000 freestyle races. Abby Hutton, Shortt, Brittany Epperson and Rachel Seely won the 200 MR in a time of 1:47.89, while Rebecca Rogers (10:27.15) and Kevin Quinn (9:44.31) won the 1000 freestyle events for Team Gold. Team Purple picked up a victory in the men's 200 MR on the efforts of freshmen Brugh, Barbic, Salaz and veteran Ryan Kastl (1:36.21).

Team Purple then strung four victories together to take the 81-63 lead. Purple's Sharon Olson (1:54.56) and Jim Wolfe (1:41.00) won the 200 freestyle races, while Desiree Johnson (57.46) and Brugh (52.43) won the 100 backstroke events. Both Brugh's and Wolfe's times were season-bests for the Huskies.

Shortt picked-up a victory for Team Gold with a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.75 but Team Purple earned the next three wins to go up 123-97. Salaz won the 100 breaststroke for Team Purple, while Anissa Hilyard (2:04.59) and Lorant Divald (1:55.63) notched victories in the 200 butterfly events.

Seely halted Team Purple's momentum briefly with a win in the 50 freestyle for Team Gold (24.34), but Barbic won the men's 50 freestyle to give Team Purple the l45-114 lead heading into the break. Barbic's swim marked the fastest of the year for the Huskies.

Team Purple came out of the intermission strong, stringing together victories in the next four events to extend its lead to 199-136. Olson (52.06) and Barbic (46.84) won the 100 freestyle events, while Annette Vayo (2:05.06) and Brugh (1:52.40) won the 200 backstroke races for Team Purple. Vayo's swim marked the fastest of the year for the Huskies.

Shortt earned her third victory of the day for Team Gold with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.81).

Team Purple answered with four straight wins to go up 258-172. Salaz won the men's 200 breaststroke (2:08.78), while Olson (5:03.28) and Divald (4:42.08) won the 500 freestyle events and Hilyard won the 100 butterfly (57.87). Both Divald's and Hilyard's times marked Washington`s fastest times of the year.

Team Gold battled back, winning the last five events of the meet. Osborne won the men's 100 butterfly (51.15), while Shortt (2:06.00) and Bret Lundgaard (1:58.25) won the 200 IM races. Erin Kloos, Maggie Bever, Mary Patterson and Crystal Rawlings teamed up to win the women's 200 freestyle relay and Peter Wicklund, Hunter McCallister, Quinn and Lundgaard combined to win the men's 200 freestyle relay to make the final score 263-241.

The UW women return to the pool next week when they compete in the SMU Classic in Dallas, Oct. 22-23. The men are off next week and will join the women on Nov. 5-6 to participate in the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif.

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