Husky swim teams produce record-breaking performances at the Husky Invitational

Dec. 3, 2004

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- The Washington Huskies men's and women's swim teams kicked off the second day of the 56th annual Husky Invitational today by breaking two school records. Records were set in the men's 50 freestyle and the women's 500 freestyle.

Bruno Barbic shattered the school record in the 50 freestyle by swimming an NCAA B-Cut qualifying time of 20.11, beating the previous mark of 20.48 swam by Derek Rose at the 2003 Husky Invitational. Barbic was also a part of a first place finish in the men's 200 freestyle relay with teammates Peter Wicklund, Ivan Perhat, and Kurt Hardesty with a time of 1:24.13.

Sharon Olson was the other Washington swimmer to have a record-breaking night. Olson placed fifth in the 500 freestyle with a school record time and NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 4:50.00, beating her own time of 4:51.05 at the 2004 SMU Classic. Olson also helped teammates Rachel Seely, Brittany Epperson, and Desiree Johnson place first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.34), finishing ahead of the Team Aquatic Club and UCLA.

In an effort to keep this record breaking night going, Caitlyn Shortt swam a lifetime best time in the 200 individual medley (2:03.46), out-swimming her previous mark of 2:04.00 set at the California Dual earlier this year. Shortt also helped the women finish first in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:47.63 along with Johnson, Olson, and Anissa Hilyard.

The men swept the 500 freestyle with Wicklund placing first with a time 4:28.91. Lorant Divald and Jim Wolfe placed second and third, respectively.

The Husky Invitational continues tomorrow, Dec. 4. Preliminaries begin at 8:30 a.m. and event finals will began at 5:30 p.m. The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center is located at 650 SW Campus Drive in Federal Way.

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