Washington Swimming Sweeps UBC in Season-Opener
Oct. 7, 2005
SEATTLE-- The Washington swimming teams swept British Columbia Friday night in their season-opener. The UW women won five of 10 events to pick up the 226-148 victory, while the men tallied three wins, but used its depth to win a close 190-178 battle. The meet followed the NCAA relay format.
'I'm encouraged by some of the things that I see,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'I'm hopeful as a team that we can be very self-critical and benefit from the things that we can learn from in an effort to get better.'
Sophomore Maggie Bever was one of three Huskies to compile a team high three victories on the evening. Bever's relay teams finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.56), 400-yard medley (3:58.65) and the 400-yard freestyle (3:34.15).
'Maggie Bever had a breakout meet and really took it to another level,' says Wender.
Newcomer Rachel Seely and sophomore Brittany Epperson teamed up for three victories on the night. The two carried their team's to first place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle (4:33.87), 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle (3:34.15).
The men won three events on the evening, with sophomores Brenton Dowdy and Ivan Perhat leading the way with two first place finishes each. Dowdy and Perhat teamed up in the 200 and 500 freestyles to finish with times of 1:26.23 and 4:06.51 respectively.
'On the men's side we learned a lot and we will continue to improve and get better,' said Wender. 'I'm proud of us for coming out with a win but I know we are a better team than this. We will learn and grow and improve. We have a long way to go, but it is early in the season. I think we are off to a good start and all we can do is learn from everything and get better every week.'
Next Friday night (October 14) the men will face Stanford at 6 pm. Saturday, October 15, both teams will face Pacific at 11 am.
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