Huskies Defeat Defending NAIA National Champions Simon Fraser
Jan. 29, 2005
SEATTLE-- The Washington swimming teams defeated defending NAIA national champions Simon Fraser this afternoon at Pacific Northwest Swimming Day in front of a packed house at Husky Pool. The men, who were making their final home appearance of the season, handed the Clan a 159-98 loss, while Washington's 24th-ranked women defeated SFU 138-85.
Six UW senior men swam in their final meet at Husky Pool and combined for three individual victories. Senior co-captain Diogo Bezerra was a double winner for Washington, winning the 100 (52.18) and 200 backstroke events (1:51.14). Senior Craig Gillis won the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:53.73.
The Husky men showcased the future of Washington swimming with freshmen accounting for six individual victories. Peter Wicklund won the 200 (1:40.91) and 500 freestyles (4:40.88), while Jake Salaz won the 100 (57.85) and 200 breaststrokes (2:05.94) and Bruno Barbic won the 50 (20.98) and 100 freestyles (45.76).
Sophomore Jared Osborne won the 100 butterfly (50.47) before the Huskies swam the final two events of the meet as exhibition.
UW's women won the first nine events before swimming the last five as exhibition. The Huskies showed off their versatility as seven different women won individual events for Washington.
Junior Sharon Olson won the 1650 freestyle in the team's fastest time of the season (17:04.99), while sophomores Blythe Murray and Brittany Epperson won the 200 freestyle (1:55.36) and 50 freestyle (24.08), respectively.
Freshman Caitlyn Shortt and Maggie Bever also won events for the UW women as Shortt tallied a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.29) and Bever won the 100 freestyle in a personal best time of 52.30.
Johnson, Shortt, Bever and Epperson also combined to win the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:44.73.
The Huskies return to the pool next Saturday when they compete against Hawaii in Honolulu. The UW women then make their final home appearance on Feb. 12 with a meet vs. Oregon State at noon.