Swimmers Hit The Road For Final Dual Meets

Feb. 5, 2009

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's and women's swim teams will embark on their final regular season dual meets this weekend before hitting the home stretch of the season, with the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Championships looming.

The teams will split up on Friday, with the men traveling north to take on the University of British Columbia at 5 p.m. while the women will head over to Idaho to take on the Vandals at 4 p.m. The teams will reconvene on Saturday when they both head to Pullman to take on Washington State in the final Pac-10 dual meet of the season.

The teams will then take a couple weeks off from competition and notch up the training as they prepare for the most important part of their season. The women will host the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Feb. 25-28, after which the men will head down to Long Beach, Calif., for their Pac-10 Championships, March 4-7.

Both teams hope to extend their seasons with trips to the NCAA Championships in the following weeks. Both men's and women's events will be held in College Station, Texas, with the women's NCAAs taking place March 19-21 while the men hit the pool March 26-28.

One Husky has already qualified for NCAAs, senior Scott Spansail, who swam an automatic qualify time in the 1650 free of 14:41.98, which was also a school record. Spansail is the first Husky male in Whitney Hite's three-year tenure to advance to NCAAs.

A handful of men have also earned NCAA B times meaning they have a solid chance of advancing to the championships. Spansail posted B times in the 200 and 500 free, while fellow senior Evan Bernier has posted B times in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. Another of UW's super seniors, Jon Banker, has also earned a B time in the 100 back.

Other Huskies hoping to qualify with their B times or move up to automatic qualification are Andre Blyth in the 200 fly and Yonatan Cohen and Russ Mahan in the 100 breast. The Huskies' 800 free relay and 400 medley relay teams have also posted B times this season.

For the women, Petra Radovic and Erin Campbell lead the way with three B times each, Radovic's coming in the 200, 500 and 1650 free while Campbell's have come in the 200 back, 100 fly and 200 IM. Senior Genevieve Patterson has two under her belt -in the 100 breast and 200 IM - while freshman Hannah Ross has posted a B time in the 100 back.

Four women's relays have earned B times including the 200, 400 and 800 free relays and the 400 medley relay.

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