Women's Swimming Defeats Northwestern At Tri Meet

Jan. 15, 2005

TUCSON-- Washington's 24th-ranked women's swimming team defeated No. 23 Northwestern, 172.5 to 168.5, this afternoon in a tri meet with fourth-ranked Arizona. Arizona defeated Washington's women 200-138. Washington's men's team lost to fifth-ranked Arizona, 263-67, and 15th-ranked Northwestern, 253-79.

The UW women won six events this afternoon, including a pair of wins by junior Sharon Olson in the 200 (1:51.71) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:21.44) races. Olson also contributed to the winning 400 medley relay along with teammates Brittany Epperson, Desiree Johnson and Caitlyn Shortt.

Washington also picked up individual victories from Johnson in the 100 backstroke (57.00), Shortt in the 200 IM (2:05.38) and Anissa Hilyard in the 200 butterfly (2:03.83).

Other notable swims for the Husky women included Melissa Chandler's season-best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.32) and Maggie Bever's personal best time of 24.95 in the 50 freestyle.

The UW men were swimming short handed as four members of its 16-member travel squad had to return to Seattle early due to illness. Despite the setback, Washington did have five top-five finishes.

Craig Gillis posted Washington's best finish of the day with a third place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:55.20).

Three UW men placed fourth in individual events, including Peter Wicklund in the 200 freestyle (1:40.71), Jake Salaz in the 100 breaststroke (58.36) and Diogo Bezerra in the 100 backstroke( 51.18). Freshman Bruno Barbic tallied a fifth place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.03).

The Huskies' 400 medley relay team of Bezerra, Salaz, Jared Osborne and Barbic also combined to finish fourth in the 200 medely relay in a time of 1:34.87.

Other notable swims for the UW men included a personal best time of 1:02.73 in the 100 breaststroke for Hunter McCallister and a personal best time of 53.05 in the 100 backstroke for Barbic. Osborne's time of 52.51 in the 100 backstroke marked the team's fourth-fastest time of the season.

Washington returns to action Jan. 29 when it hosts Simon Fraser at 1 p.m.

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