UW Swimmers Find Success In Boise
Oct. 8, 2008
BOISE, Idaho - The Husky men's swim team went 2-0 over the weekend against Utah to stay undefeated this season, defeating the Utes, 143-78, on Friday and 149-125 on Saturday. The Husky women, meanwhile, went 2-2, defeating Boise State on both days by scores of 140.50-94.50 and 187-107, but falling both times to Utah, 134-101, and 153-140. The men improved to 3-0 while the women are now 3-2 on the season.
On Friday, the men captured three relays and had five different individuals win races. David Bai and Ben Aaberg went 1-2 in both the 100 free and 200 free, with Bai winning 200 free in 1:41.49, just ahead of Aaberg's 1:41.55. Bai finished first again in the 100 free in 45.93 followed by Aaberg in 46.10.
Also winning races for the UW men were Evan Bernier capturing the 50 free in 20.74, Andre Blyth taking first in the 100 fly in 49.62, Jon Banker winning the 100 back in 51.45 and Russ Mahan taking home the 100 breast in 55.28.
The Huskies won the 200-yard medley relay as well as the 200 and 400 free relays to seal the easy victory over the Utes. Banker, Mahan, Blyth and Bernier teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in 1:33.37 while Aaberg, Bai, Bernier and Niko Micin were victorious in the 200 free in 1:23.98. Bernier, Aaberg, Bai and Blyth wrapped up the successful day in relays with a winning time of 3:04.99 in the 400 free relay.
Also making an impact in his first collegiate swim was freshman Hunter Roux, who finished second in the 500 free in 4:43.14.
On Saturday, Banker and Bernier were the stars, winning three races each for the Huskies. Banker took the 100 back (51.83), 200 back (1:52.88) and the 200 IM (1:56.52), while Bernier won the 50 free (20.92), 200 free (1:41.03) and the 100 fly (49.79). Bai took second to Bernier in both free races, finishing the 50 in 21.29 and the 200 in 1:42.79.
Mahan and Roux also contributed two victories each toward the UW's men's rout. Roux won the 500 and 1000 free in times of 4:43.81 and 9:45.55, respectively, while Mahan won the 100 breast in 55.99 and the 200 breast in 2:06.47. Andre Blyth also won the 200 fly in 1:50.75.
The day was capped off with the 400 medley relay team of Banker, Mahan, Blyth and Aaberg winning in 3:52.86.
On the women's side, UW dominated Boise State but fell just short to Utah on both days. Sisters Danielle and Jen Gong led the way Friday by finishing 1-2 in the 400 IM, with the freshmen Danielle edging her older sister in 4:27.71 compared to Jen's 4:29.04.
Hannah Ross was the only other woman to win an individual race as she finished first in the 100 back in a time of 57.13. The 200 free relay also touched first, as Erin Campbell, Amelia Messegee, Ally Rich and Emilee Jennings posted a time of 1:35.54.
The freshman Messegee was impressive in her college debut, finishing second in both the 200 free (1:50.68) and the 100 free (51.64).
On Saturday, the women inched closer to Utah with some strong performances, including a win in the 400 medley relay. Campbell, Jennings, Marisa Chang and Lindsey Sharp teamed up to finish first in a time of 3:52.84. The 400 free relay team of Messegee, Sharp, Johnson and Campbell also won in a time of 3:28.60.
The freshman Messegee finally got her first collegiate win, taking the 50 free in 23.93. Petra Radovic won the 500 free in 5:05.55, just ahead of teammate Ashley Daly in 5:05.93. Ashley Daly was the final Husky to win Saturday, taking first in the 1000 free in 10:24.51, coming in ahead of Liz Johnson in 10:28.67.
The Huskies get back in the pool Oct. 23 when they host British Columbia and Seattle University at Noon at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.