UW Swimmers Fall To No. 3 Stanford
Oct. 31, 2008
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Washington Husky swimmers dropped their second consecutive dual meet to a top-five team Friday, falling to No. 3 Stanford, 134-70, on the men's side and 143-114, on the women's side.
The UW men are now 5-2 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 while the women's record now sits at 5-4 and 0-2.
The men were again led by senior Scott Spansail, who won the 500 free for the second day in a row after also winning the race at California on Thursday. Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.) finished in a time of 4:30.68. He also finished second in the 1000 free, swimming seven-seconds faster than his meet-winning time on Thursday. His time of 9:13.97 was a new career-best and moved him into seventh all-time in Husky history.
Three UW men posted second-place finishes in races with senior Jon Banker (Canon City, Colo.) taking second in the 200 IM in 1:54.27, sophomore Andre Blyth (Greenwood Village, Colo.) finishing as runner-up in the 200 fly in 1:49.60 and sophomore Ben Aaberg (Tucson, Ariz.) taking second in the 100 free in 46.02.
The women saw another impressive performance by freshman Hannah Ross, who won the 200 back in 2:01.57 a day after finishing second in the event against No. 5 Cal. Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) also swam well in the 100 back, taking second in 56.90.
Senior Genevieve Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.) won her third race in two days, finishing first in the 100 breast in 1:03.69. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team which finished first in 1:45.10. The team also consisted of Ross, senior Marisa Chang (Orinda, Calif.) and senior Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.) UW also won the 400 free relay in 3:29.06, with Sharp, sophomore Emilee Jennings (Des Moines, Wash.), sophomore Ally Rich (Hillsboro, Ore.) and freshman Amelia Messegee (Centralia, Wash.) teaming up for the win.
UW's final win came in the 200 IM were they took the top four spots in the race. Freshman Danielle Gong (Campbell, Calif.) led the way with a winning time of 2:05.38 followed by her sister, Jen, in 2:06.02. Patterson finished third in 2:08.11 while Ross took fourth in 2:08.16.
Sharp also had a good day for UW, taking second in both the 50 free (23.72) and the 100 free (51.51).
The Huskies stay on the road and face another big challenge when they take on the No. 1 ranked Texas men and the No. 7 ranked Longhorn women on Nov. 21 in Austin, Texas.