UW Women Defeat NAU, Men and Women Fall To No. 5 Arizona

Jan. 6, 2006

TUCSON-- The No. 23 ranked Washington women's swimming team defeated Northern Arizona, 183.5-110.5, and lost to fifth-ranked Arizona, 168-87. The UW men lost to No. 5 Arizona 145-87.

The men won five events vs. the Wildcats and was led by its underclassmen. Freshman Scott Spansail led the way with two victories, winning the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:18.91 and the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:32.96.

Sophomores Bret Lundgaard, Taylor Brugh an Pat Penoyar picked up the other individual victories for the Huskies. Lundgaard won the 200 butterfly (1:53.45), while Brugh won the 200 backstroke (1:51.73) and Penoyar won the 200 breaststroke (2:05.10).

'Our guys came off a win over nationally ranked BYU on Wednesday and were real solid across the board today,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Arizona is a great team and is one of the favorites to win the national championship. Our performance was a huge step in the right direction and our men's team is really coming into their own.'

The women won just one event, picking up a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in the final event of the night. Brittany Epperson, Rachel Seely, Lindsey Sharp and Kim Jasmer combined for a time of 1:39.41 in the event.

The UW women used their depth to over take NAU, placing fourth or better in 10 of 14 events. Maggie Bever finished second in the 200 IM (2:09.70), while Sharon Olson (2:10.37) and Caitlyn Shortt (2:11.39) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jasmer placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:53.78), while Maryann Boosalis placed third in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.80), followed by Shorrt in fourth place (2:22.82).

The 200 medley relay team also placed third as Olson, Shortt, Bever and Epperson posted a time of 1:47.02.

'Our women also performed well.,' said Wender. 'We are banged up and didn't expected to swim as fast as we are capable. We are very tired and very broken down after two weeks of training but they should be ready to go next week.'

The UW men return to the pool next week when eight swimmers take part in the Dallas Morning News Invite, Jan. 13-14.

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