Swimming Breaks Two More School Records; Finishes First At The Husky Invitational

Dec. 3, 2000

SEATTLE - The University of Washington claimed both team titles and broke two more school records Sunday in final day action of the 52nd annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash. The UW men dominated the four-day competition, finishing with 890.5 points in the team race to easily out distance second place Wyoming (320 pts.), and also earned a dual meet victory over the Cowboys, to move to 5-2 on the season. The Husky women, meanwhile, earned first-place honors with 417 total points, almost 75 more than runner-up University of Nevada (343).

Both UW squads continued with their record-breaking performances as sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and senior Jamie Stone (Lake Stevens, Wash.) both posted school record times in the 100 freestyle. For the meet, Washington set eight school records, posted four NCAA B qualifying times and won 22 of 38 events.

'We have grown by leaps and bounds,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. 'The team exceeded all of my expectations this weekend with the number of school records and number of outstanding performances. This meet was our mid-term exam and we definitely came out with an A.'

Harada's performance in the 100 freestyle (50.60) capped a dominating weekend, as she finished with nine event titles (four individual, five relay), three school records (50, 100, 200 free) and two NCAA B qualifying times (50, 100 free).

'Kim has matured incredibly as an athlete over this past season,' Wender said. 'The way she handled herself and performed so consistently over the course of the entire meet, is a tribute to just how hard she has worked. This was by far the best meet of her career.'

Stone, meanwhile, won the 100 freestyle in 45.60 to claim his first career individual title at the Husky Invitational. Earlier in the day, the senior co-captain erased Sandy Blyth's 17-year-old school record time of 45.30, by swimming a time of 45.21 in the preliminaries.

Other first-place finishes for the Huskies in final day action went to freshman Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.20), freshman John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) in the 1650 freestyle (15:37.21) and both men's and women's 400 medley relay teams.

The UW men's and women's swimming teams will take the week off before traveling to Arizona for dual meets versus Arizona State and Northwestern (women only), December 16, in Tempe, Ariz.

(Please refer to Pacific Northwest Swimming's website at www.pns.org for complete results.)

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