Men's Swimming Upsets No. 21 USC

Jan. 23, 2009

Complete Results

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Washington men's swim team pulled off a 141-121 upset Friday over the No. 21 USC Trojans at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium, while the UW women were edged by the No. 12 Women of Troy, 130.5-129.5 in a meet that came down to the final race.

After four unsuccessful dual meets against top-25 teams this season, the Husky men were finally able to emerge victorious, winning nine races on the day. They improved to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 competition while the women dropped to 9-8 and 3-4.

Senior Scott Spansail continued his winning ways, capturing the 1000 free to start the individual portion of the dual meet. His time of 9:10.60 was well ahead of teammate Jereme Barnett-Woods (Irvine, Calif.), who finished second in 9:30.50. Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.) later won the 500 free for the distance double, finishing in 4:26.21.

Three other Huskies won two races, including senior Evan Bernier (Woodinville, Wash.), sophomore Andre Blyth (Englewood, Colo.) and sophomore Russ Mahan (Bellevue, Wash.)

Bernier won both sprint free races, capturing the 50 free and 100 free in back-to-back races. His time in the 50 free was 20.34 while he won the 100 free in 45.02. Blyth, meanwhile, won both butterfly events, touching first in the 100 fly in 48.87 and in the 200 fly in 1:46.46, a season best. Teammate Erez Fern (Herzelia, Israel) was second in the 200 fly in 1:50.27.

Mahan then took care of the breaststroke events, winning both the 100 breast (55.43) and the 200 breast (2:04.27), the latter of which was a new personal best time.

Also winning for the Huskies was junior David Bai (Kent, Wash.), who scored a big win in the 200 free in 1:40.24. Sophomore Ben Aaberg (Tucson, Ariz.) was second in 1:40.48.

The final result was a heartbreaker for the women, who had a chance to win the meet in the final race, but both their 'A' relay team and USC's 'A' team were disqualified from the 400 free relay, and despite the UW 'B' team winning the race, USC's 'B' team's runner-up finish was enough to give the Women of Troy the edge.

The meet started off on the right track for the women as they won the 200 medley relay, led by freshman Hannah Ross, senior Genevieve Patterson, junior Erin Campbell and senior Lindsey Sharp.

Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) scored UW's first individual victory three races later when she won the 100 back in 55.04. Another freshman, Kelly Flynn (The Woodlands, Texas), scored UW's second victory, winning the 100 free in 51.14.

Campbell was a double winner for the Huskies, winning the 200 back in 1:58.30 followed by Ross, who finished second in 2:00.36. Campbell also won the 100 fly in 55.18 and contributed a runner-up finish in the 200 fly.

Also scoring a victory for UW was freshman Danielle Gong (Campbell, Calif.), who won the 200 IM in 2:01.18, a personal best time which ranks fifth all time at UW, right behind her sister. Speaking of Jen Gong, she finished third in the 200 IM in 2:03.75.

The Huskies had a pair of 2-3 finishes, starting with the 200 free where Flynn and senior Liz Johnson (Rocklin, Calif.) finished second and third, respectively. UW also got a second-third finish from Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.) and sophomore Emilee Jennings (Des Moines, Wash.) in the 50 free.

Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.) was second in the 100 breast, trailing only 2008 Olympian Rebecca Soni.

The Huskies return to the pool Saturday with the women taking on UCLA and the men facing USC again in a non-scoring meet, both of which take place at Noon.

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