Swimming travels to Hawai'i to face the Rainbow Wahine

Feb. 1, 2005

THIS WEEK: The University of Washington men's and women's swim teams travel to Manoa, Hawai'i this week to face the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, February 5th at 12 p.m. (HT).

W IN THE RANKINGS: The UW women rose to No. 23 in the national rankings in the latest CSCAA poll (Jan. 27) with 34 points. The men are not ranked.

SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE WOMEN: The 22nd-ranked Rainbow Wahine women improved to 13-3 in dual meets last weekend with a rout of the San Diego State University Aztecs. The women won all events entered, with four women winning two events each.

SCOUTING THE HAWAI'I MEN: The 20th-ranked Rainbow Wahine men dropped their first dual meet of the year last week, falling to Brigham Young University at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. Hawai'i held a 145-137 advantage heading into the final relay, but BYU captured first and third positions to edge UH by a single point. The then-22nd ranked men entered the meet with a 9-0-1 mark, but swam only 12 swimmers due to attrition and injuries.

LAST YEAR VS. HAWAI'I: The men's swimming team upset then No. 13 Hawai'i three times last year. The men took the Big West Shootout Championship over Hawai'i, defeating them 94-59 on the first day and 61-50 in the championship. The wins marked the highest ranked opponents the Huskies had defeated under head coach Mickey Wender. The women split the series with Hawai'i, defeating UH 58-53 at the Big West Shootout and falling 159-135 in Hawaii.

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: Three Washington swimmers have posted top-30 times this season, including Bruno Barbic, Sharon Olson, and Caitlin Shortt. Barbic ranks 13th in the country in the 50-yard freestyle (20.11) and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle (44.14). Olson ranks 26th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.74). Shortt ranks 24th in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.22) and 29th in the 400 IM (4:20.34).

UP NEXT: The nine seniors on the UW women's swim team bid Husky Pool farewelll on Saturday, Feb. 12 vs. Oregon State in the final home meet of the season.

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