Women Top Oregon State in Dual Meet
Jan. 10, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Washington women's swim team defeated Oregon State, 135-119, Saturday in a dual meet at the Steven's Natatorium to improve to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in Pac-10 dual meets.
'We were pretty dominant. To win that many races, we're really pleased with that,' Washington head coach Whitney Hite said. 'Oregon State had one of their top swimmers out and they're a better team than that but we had some good races and, overall, there weren't really any bad swims. This is a pretty good group. They're focused, they don't care who they race against, they're not intimidated by anyone and I think now people know when you swim against the University of Washington, you have to be pretty good to beat us.'
Hite was especially pleased with sophomore Ashley Daly (Seattle) and junior Petra Radovic (Zagreb, Croatia), who won distance free events, as well as freshman Danielle Gong (Campbell, Calif.), who swam well in the 400 IM.
UW won the next four races, starting with Daly's win in the 1000 free in a time of 10:10.59. Freshman Kelly Flynn (The Woodlands, Texas) followed with a win in the 200 free in 1:52.19, a race in which the Huskies took the top three spots. Senior Liz Johnson (Rocklin, Calif.) followed Flynn in 1:52.65 while freshman Amelia Messegee (Centralia, Wash.) was third in 1:53.65.
Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) and Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.) won the next two races, with Ross winning the 100 back in 56.25 and Patterson winning the 100 breast in 1:04.22. Ross finished ahead of 2008 Olympian Saori Hariguchi from Oregon State, who later won the 200 back, just ahead of Ross, who finished second.
After Campbell (Chandler, Ariz.) and senior Marisa Chang (Orinda, Calif.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 fly, Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.) secured back-to-back wins for UW in the 50 free (24.07) and 100 free (52.31). Campbell's time of 2:02.17 in the 200 fly was a career-best and the eighth-fastest time in UW history.
Patterson won her second race in the 200 breast, getting clocked at 2:19.01. Radovic was the final Husky to emerge victorious, winning the 500 free in 4:57.49.
Although the Huskies did compete for score in the 400 IM, Gong had the fastest time in the race, winning in a time of 4:21.55. They also won the 400 free relay but did not take a score as Campbell, Messegee, Flynn and Sharp touched first in 3:29.43.
The Husky men and women both return to the pool when they host their final home dual meet of the season, taking on Minnesota, Saturday, Jan. 17, at Noon at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.