Women's Swimming Upsets No. 16 UCLA
Jan. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Washington women's swim team defeated No. 16 UCLA Saturday, 134-128, to score their biggest dual-meet victory of the season. The women improve to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in Pac-10 dual meets.
The Husky men competed against USC for the second consecutive day in a non-scoring meet. Washington was victorious in four events.
The women got off to a fast start by winning the 400 medley relay, with Hannah Ross, Genevieve Patterson, Erin Campbell and Lindsey Sharp touching the wall first in 3:46.39. After UCLA won the first two individual races, Ross earned Washington's first individual victory by wining the 100 back in 56.07.
Washington won four other individual races, two each by Patterson and Campbell. Patterson won the 100 breast in 1:03.89 and the 200 breast in 2:17.65 while Campbell captured the 200 back in 1:59.03 and the 100 fly in 55.29.
The Huskies were trailing heading into the final race but clinched victory when their 400 free relay 'A' team of freshmen Kelly Flynn and Amelia Messegee, Patterson and Sharp touched first in 3:26.08 and their 'B' team of Ally Rich, Emilee Jennings, Petra Radovic and Marisa Chang finished second. The victory was a bit of redemption for the UW women, who lost to USC by one point yesterday when their 400 free relay team was disqualified in the final race.
The men earned four victories against USC, one of which came in the 200 medley relay, which included Evan Bernier, Russ Mahan, Erez Fern and David Bai. Scott Spansail won the 1650 free in 15:25.66, Jon Banker won the 200 IM in 1:52.76 and Evan Bernier won the 100 fly in 48.55.
The Huskies hit the road again Feb. 6 and 7 for their final dual meets before the Pac-10 Championships in late February. The women will travel to Moscow, Idaho, to take on Idaho, Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m., while the men will swim at British Columbia at 5 p.m. the same day. The following day, both teams will head to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State at 11 a.m.
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