No. 9 Minnesota Tops Huskies
Jan. 17, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The No. 9 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers spoiled senior day for the University of Washington men's and women's swim teams Saturday, earning a 161-101 victory in the men's dual meet and a 164.5-97.5 win in the women's dual meet.
Six Washington men and five women competed in their final home dual meet with the Huskies. The women will return to the King County Aquatic Center in February for the Pac-10 Championships.
Two of Washington's seniors went out on high notes with both Scott Spansail and Jon Banker winning two races. Spansail continues to have the best year of his four-year career, winning both the 500 free (4:32.28) and the 1000 free (9:19.73). Banker, meanwhile, won the 100 back in 50.51 and the 200 back in 1:51.09. He was also second in the 400 IM.
Another senior, Evan Bernier, finished second in both the 100 free (45.91) and the 200 free (1:39.54).
For the women, it was a freshman who was the standout as Hannah Ross won two of the four races UW women won. She took first in both the 100 and 200 back, in times of 55.64 and 1:58.27, respectively.
Junior Erin Campbell and senior Lindsey Sharp won the other races for the women, with Campbell finishing first in the 200 fly and Sharp winning the 50 free. Campbell was also second in the 100 fly. Senior Genevieve Patterson was second in the 100 breast.
'We were just kind of average and when you're average against top-ten teams you usually get kicked around a bit,' Washington head coach Whitney Hite said. 'We just weren't sharp and weren't consistent enough and just didn't compete at a high enough level. Scott Spansail continues to be great though and Hannah Ross was awesome today. Evan Bernier didn't win any races but he swam really well and Jon Banker swam well. For the women, Kelly Flynn and Erin Campbell were very good.'
The Huskies have faced five of the top 10 teams in the country this season.
'We want to be nationally competitive and for that to happen you have to swim the best teams,' Hite said. 'I'm confident it will prepare us better for the end of the year. We did well against Cal, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M and today was first time didn't have that competitive edge that we needed.'
UW will return to the pool next weekend when they travel to Los Angeles to face USC on Friday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. On Saturday, the women will take on UCLA while the men will face USC again, both at Noon.