Huskies Host Pacific Northwest Swimming Day Saturday

Jan. 26, 2005

PSN Day at Husky Pool
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THIS WEEK: Washington returns home for the first time since October to host the Pacific Northwest Swimming Day at Husky Pool. UW will square-off against Canadian powerhouse Simon Fraser in a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. The event is being tabbed 'PSN Day at Husky Swimming' and all PNS club teams have been invited to attend. The Huskies are also expecting a large turnout of Husky alumni and the UW community.

PSN DAY PROMOTIONS/ACTIVITIES: Free pom poms for all fans in attendance ... gift certificate giveaways to Red Robin and the Seattle Aquarium ... Papa John's Pizza for the most spirited fans ... UW swimming caps tossed into the crowd ... Harry the Husky and the UW Pep Band ... autographs after the swim meet ... free admission and free parking.

UW IN THE RANKINGS: The UW women are tied with Indiana for the No. 24 national ranking in the latest CSCAA poll (Jan. 13) with eight points. The men are not ranked.

SCOUTING SIMON FRASER: Simon Fraser won the NAIA National Championship last season. The women have won five national titles in a row, while the men have won two. SFU is coming off dual meet victories over Seattle University and Whitworth. Earlier this season, the SFU women lost their first dual meet in six years with a 153-42 loss to UBC. The women's team had not lost a dual meet since Washington defeated the Clan on January 24, 1998. The men also lost to UBC 123-81.

LAST TIME OUT: The Husky women (9-2) defeated No. 24 Northwestern, 172.5-168.5, on Jan. 15 in a two-day tri meet in Tucson. The UW women lost to fourth-ranked Arizona. Washington's men (7-4) lost to No. 5 Arizona, 263-67, and No. 15 Northwestern, 253-79. The men were swimming short handed as four members of its 16-member travel squad had to return to Seattle early due to illness.

NCAA QUALIFIERS: Junior Sharon Olson and freshman Caitlin Shortt have each posted four NCAA provisional times this season. Olson has provisional qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles and 200 IM. Shortt has provisional times in the 200 and 400 IMs and 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Other provisional qualifiers on the women's team are Desiree Johnson (100 and 200 backstrokes), Jessica Buchanan (100 and 200 breaststrokes) and Erin Kloos (200 breaststroke). Freshman Bruno Barbic has set NCAA B times in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. He holds school records in both events.

TOP 30 TIMES: Four Washington swimmers have posted top-30 times this season, including Bruno Barbic, Jessica Buchanan, Sharon Olson and Caitlin Shortt. Barbic ranks 12th in the country in the 50 (20.11) and 100-yeard (44.14) freestyles. Buchanan ranks 26th in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.85), while Olson ranks 25th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.74). Shortt ranks 21st in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.22), 28th in the 400 IM (4:20.34) and 30th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.45).

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