Swimming Wins First Day Of Big West Shootout

Nov. 5, 2004

IRVINE, Calif.- The Washington swimming teams had strong showings in the opening day of competition at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., and both will advance to tomorrow's championship. The 25th-ranked men (3-0) won Pool B defeating UC Santa Barbara (82-40), Cal State Northridge (104-18) and Cal Poly (104-18). The women's team (5-0) won Pool B with victories over UC Santa Barbara (102-20), Cal State Northridge (110-12), Cal Poly (110-22), San Diego (106-26) and Idaho (110-12).

Washington dominated the meet with the women winning 13 of 14 events and the men winning 10 events.

Washington's men were led by double-event winners Diogo Bezerra and Bruno Barbic. Bezerra, a senior co-captain won the 100 (51.59) and 200 backstroke (1:51.44) events. Barbic, a freshman, won the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

Other men's winners included Kevin Quinn (1650 freestyle- 1:03.52), Peter Wicklund (200 freestyle- 1:40.52), Ryan Kastl (100 breaststroke- 58.60), Jim Wolfe (500 freestyle- 4:37.31) and Bret Lundgaard (400 IM- 4:05.56). The UW men also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:26.05) in the team's fastest time of the season.

The UW women's team was led by triple event winner Sharon Olson. Olson won the 100 (52.29), 200 (1:51.90) and 500 freestyle (5:03.81) events. The Huskies also had two double winners in Anissa Hilyard and Desiree Johnson. Hilyard won the 100 (58.33) and 200 butterfly (2:03.61) events, while Johnson won the 100 (57.85) and 200 backstroke (2:04.44) races.

Other women's winners included Megan Bright (1650 freestyle- 17:26.57), Caitlyn Shortt (100 breaststroke- 1:04.92), Brittany Epperson (50 free- 24.18) and Jessica Buchanan (200 breaststroke- 2:17.48). Buchanan's 200 breaststroke time was a personal best and places her fifth on the UW all-time list.

Washington's women's team also won the 200 medley (1:47.17) and freestyle relays (1:37.50).

The Huskies will swim in the Big West Shootout Championship tomorrow at 10 a.m. The men will swim against UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and UC Irvine. The women will swim against UC Santa Barbara, San Diego, Hawaii and UC Irvine. Both UW teams won the Big West Shootout Championship last year.

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