Husky Swimming Suffers a Tough Loss to Hawaii

Feb. 5, 2005

HONOLULU, Hawaii- The University of Washington men's and women's swim teams suffered a tough loss to Hawaii on Saturday afternoon by a score of 157-137. The meet was held at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, in a contest that featured 11 total first place finishes between both the Husky men and women. The meet marked the final regular season competition for the men and the final away meet for the women.

For the men, Peter Wicklund was amongst some of the top place finishers with a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.88. This mark set a season-high and personal-best time for Wicklund, beating his previous time of 1:39.35 that was set at the Husky Invitational earlier this season. He also had a season-high and personal-best time of 46.40 in the 100-yard freestyle with a third-place finish. Wicklund also finished second in the 500 yard-freestyle (4:38.15) and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Perhat, Barbic, Wicklund, and Bezerra) that placed first with a time of 1:23.09.

Other strong performances by the men included Lorant Divald, who placed third in the 1000-yard freestyle with a season high and personal best time of 9:40.28. Diogo Bezerra and Jim Wolfe placed second and third respectively (50.11, 56.20) in the 100-yard backstroke with season-high and personal-best times. Altogether, the Husky men's team compiled a total of four first-place finishes, eight second-place finishes, and nine third-place finishes.

On the women's side, Caitlyn Shortt set a school record and produced an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 1:03.20, placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time beat her own time of 1:03.45, which was set at the Husky Invitational earlier this season. Shortt also took first-place in the 400-yard IM with time of 4:20.58.

The women's 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Desiree Johnson, Caitlyn Shortt, Maggie Bever and Brittany Epperson took first place with a time of 1:43.83. Sharon Olsen also had a strong day for the women placing first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a season-high time of 10:03.43, first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.08), and placing second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.95). As a whole, the women earned seven first-place finishes, seven second-place finishes, and seven third-place finishes.

As the men prepare for their final meet of the season versus Oregon State at home (Feb.12), the women will not compete again until the Pac-10 Championships start on February 23.

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