Huskies Drop Dual Meets to Arizona, SMU

Jan. 4, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Washington swimming teams dropped a pair of dual meets to the University of Arizona on Friday afternoon in Pac-10 swimming action. The Husky men also lost a dual meet to Southern Methodist, 147-115. The Wildcat men defeated the UW, 163-92, while the Wildcat women downed the Husky women, 194-98.

The UW men fell to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-10, while the women drop to 4-3 overall and 0-3 in Pac-10 dual meets.

On the men's side three teams competed against each other, Arizona, SMU and Washington, but the scores were broken down into traditional dual meet scores. On the women's side Arizona, Northern Arizona, Oregon State and Washington all swam against each other, but the meet was also scored as a dual meet competition.

Evan Bernier in the 100 butterfly and Jon Banker in the 200 individual medley both placed first in their respective events for the Husky men. Bernier swam to first in the 100 fly in a time of 50.50, while Banker swam a 1:55.25 to take first in the 200 IM.

Andre Blyth picked up a pair of second place finishes for the Huskies, swimming 51.42 in the 100 fly and 1:51.65 in the 200 fly.

Four Huskies had third place finishes. Jereme Barnett-Woods took third in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:48.22, Yonatan Cohen took third in the 100 breastroke in a time of 57.50, Erez Fern was third in the 200 fly with a time of 1:54.50 and Henry Hudson placed third in the 200 IM in a time of 1:55.55.

For the Husky women, Erin Campbell led the charge with a second place finish in the 100 fly (56.75) and a pair of third place finishes in the 200 free (1:52.10) and 200 backstroke (2:06.65).

Jessica Buchanan was the only Husky to take first in an event, winning the 200 breast in a time of 2:22.36.

Emilee Jennings added a pair of third place finishes in the 50 free (23.93) and 100 fly (57.39), Jennifer Gong took second in the 200 IM (2:06.57), Ashley Daly was third in the 500 free (5:08.63) and Maggie Bever placed third in the 200 IM (2:09.89).

Huskies head coach Whitney Hite was pleased with his team's performance despite the losses, especially as it was their first meet in over a month.

'We certainly have some things to work on,' said Hite. 'But, overall I thought we did pretty well considering we hadn't competed in a month.

'Arizona on the women's side could easily win the national championship this year, and their men will finish in the top four in the country. Part of our progress is swimming against the best teams in the nation and seeing how we stack up. We still have a ways to go, but we are learning and making strides in the right direction.'

The Arizona men are ranked No. 3 in the nation by Collegeswimming.com, while the Wildcat women are ranked No. 4 in the country.

The Huskies take on Pac-10 rival Arizona State tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST in Tempe, Ariz.

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