Women's Swimming Edges Oregon State In Final Relay, 136-126

Jan. 13, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington women's swimming team used a first-place finish in the meet's last event, the 200 freestyle relay, to edge visiting Oregon State, 136-126, Saturday at Husky Pool. With the win, the Huskies improved to 5-7, while the Beavers dropped to 6-3.

'I am so proud of our team,' UW head coach Mickey Wender said. 'It was a team effort across the board.'

After falling behind in the first two events, the Huskies took their first lead of the meet 28-27 following a win by freshman Brittany Reichardt (Garnderville, Nev.) in the 200 freestyle. The UW held onto the close lead until a one-three-four showing by Oregon State in the 200 breaststroke, put the Beavers back on top, 95-93.

The lead then continued to go back and forth as the Huskies held a 123-122 advantage going into the final event, the 200 freestyle relay. With the meet on the line, the Huskies' relay of Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.), Lisa Fanning (Bellevue, Wash.), Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) and Evelyn Hingsbergen (Elk Grove, Calif.) led from start to finish, posting a time of 1:36.92 to win the event and the meet for Washington. Oregon State's relay finished second with a time of 1:37.08, just 0.16 second behind the Huskies.

'I have a lot of respect for OSU and their coaching staff,' Wender said. 'Their coaches are a class act, and we knew coming in that they would have their team ready to challenge us throughout the entire meet.'

Individually, the UW once again got an outstanding effort from Harada, who won three individual events, including the 50 freestyle (24.31) and both the 100 (57.21) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.02). Senior Irene Schneider (Davis, Calif.) also closed out her Husky career at home with a win in the 100 butterfly (58.66).

The Beavers, who fell to 0-24 all-time against the UW, were led by Naya Higashijima, who won the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard butterfly.

Both Washington swimming teams return to action, January 19-20, when they travel to Honolulu for two dual meets with the University of Hawaii.

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