Husky Swimmers Post Strong Performances At Texas

Nov. 21, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas - University of Washington freshman Hannah Ross continued to make an impact for the Huskies but the No. 4 women and No. 1 men from Texas were too much for the Huskies on Friday, coming away with 153-109 and 142-115 dual meet victories, respectively, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The UW men fall to 5-3 on the season while the women's record stands even at 5-5 in dual meets heading into Saturday's first invitational of the season. UW's last three dual meets all came against top-five teams.

'I thought we swam very well,' Washington head coach Whitney Hite said. 'There are still little things we can work on - starts, turns and finishes - but we're getting better. Any time you swim the No. 1 tem in nation and a strong women's s team it's going to be tough but we did well. We rised up to the level of our completion again and some people had some very good swims.'

Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) continued to move up the Husky charts in her first season on campus. She finished second in the 200 back in 2:00.81, a personal best time which moved her up to No. 6 all time in Husky history. That time was better than her previous best this season of 2:01.45. She also set a personal best in the 100 back where she finished third in 56.39 to move into eighth all time, besting her previous time of 56.62.

The freshman was also a member of the 400 medley relay which opened the meet with a second-place finish in 3:43.54, the top time for a Husky relay team in that event this season. Ross led off the race and was followed by senior Genevieve Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.), junior Erin Campbell (Chandler, Ariz.) and senior Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.).

'Hannah Ross continues to swim well,' Hite said. 'She's really stepping up and every time she jumps in the water she gets better. That's pretty hard to do, but she just gets better and better.

Patterson was one of two UW women to win races Friday, which she did twice. Patterson placed first in the 100 breast in a time of 1:02.76 and also won the 200 breast in a season-best time of 2:17.56.

The other UW woman to win was freshman Amelia Messegee (Centralia, Wash.), who placed first in the 100 free in a personal-best time of 51.46. Sharp followed Messegee in the standings in 51.70.

Sophomore Ashley Daly (Seattle) posted a time of 10:05.25 in the 1000 free which was a personal best and earned her a second-place finish. That time was better than her previous time of 10:05.74 and still ranks No. 8 all time. Junior Petra Radovic (Zagreb, Croatia) also had a personal best in that race of 10:11.46 to place third.

UW swimmers placed 2-3-4 in the 50 free, with Sharp finishing second in a season-best time of 23.68 and freshman Messegee finishing third in a career-best time of 23.87. Sophomore Emilee Jennings (Des Moines, Wash.) finished fourth in 24.00.

The men were once again led by senior Scott Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.) who continued a solid senior season by winning the 1000 free in a personal-best time of 9:10.86 to move up to No. 5 in the record books. The time smashed his previous best time of 9:13.97 set earlier this season. He also won the 500 free in a season-best time of 4:29.14.

Senior Evan Bernier (Woodinville, Wash.) also won two races for the Huskies, taking the 50 free in a season-best time of 20.47 and the 100 free in 45.11. Other Huskies to win races were sophomores Russ Mahan (Bellevue, Wash.), who took first in the 100 breast in 55.71, and Andre Blyth (Englewood, Colo.), who won the 200 fly in 1:48.85, and senior Jon Banker (Canon City, Colo.), who won the 200 IM in 1:54.55.

The UW men's 400 medley relay team, which finished second, also had a season-best time of 3:19.6, led by seniors Evan Bernier (Woodinville, Wash.), Mahan, Blyth and junior David Bai (Kent, Wash.).

'As their coach, Eddie Reese, said, we have a good team and we fight for every point,' Hite said. 'That makes me proud. I'm never too worried about the score. We still have a ways to go but we should be sharp tomorrow and we'll look to have some pretty darn good performances. It's a great opportunity to see the NCAA facility at Texas A&M and see some top-quality competition. It's a good setting for us to once again rise up to the competition.'

The Huskies stay in Texas over the weekend to compete in the Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M University. The meet takes place all day Saturday and Sunday at the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas. Live results will be available via

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