Swimming Announces Its 2001-02 Schedule
Aug. 21, 2001
SEATTLE - Five home dual meets at Husky Pool highlight the University of Washington swimming team's 2001-2002 season schedule released Tuesday. The UW also will play host to the Husky Relays and two intrasquad meets, in addition to the annual Husky Invitational and Washington Open, for the program's 70th season.
'We're very excited about this year's schedule, in particular the number of home meets,' said fourth-year head coach Mickey Wender. 'It's a big commitment for teams to come to Seattle, and the fact that we have Washington State, Utah, BYU, UC Davis and Air Force all coming, is significant.'
The Huskies open their season with three home meets, two of which are intrasquad, during the month of October. The first meet is the team's Oktoberfest meet slated for October 6, at 10 a.m., at Husky Pool. The UW then continues with the Purple & Gold meet on October 13, followed by the annual Husky Relays (October 19), which employs a unique relay-only format.
Before heading to Southern California for the Big West Shootout (November 2-3), the Huskies hit the road for Canada and the Klan Cup, hosted by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., October 26-27.
'The Klan Cup is a great meet,' Wender says. 'It's our first intercollegiate, competitive meet and a great tune-up for the six dual meets we'll have the following weekend in Southern California. Plus, it's an international meet and is a great experience for those who haven't traveled a lot.'
The Husky women, who travel to Houston, Texas, for the Continental Airline Invitational (November 9-10), will look to avenge last season's loss to Washington State, by defeating the Cougars on November 16, at Husky Pool. Both UW teams then return to action two weeks later for the 53rd Annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, November 29-December 2.
A late December meet at Arizona State (Dec. 29) precedes four straight home dual meets at Husky Pool versus Utah (January 11), Brigham Young (January 12), Air Force (January 19 - men only) and UC Davis (January 19).
'We love to have meets at Husky Pool, because the support has been tremendous,' Wender said. 'It's kind of worked out so we have a year at home and a year away, and this year happens to be our year at home.'
Washington's final home meet of the year will once again take place down in Federal Way, where the team will play host to the Washington Open, January 31-February 3, which attracted over 400 swimmers in 2001.
The Husky women travel to Oregon State, February 9, before heading off to the Pac-10 championships, February 28-March 2, in Long Beach, Calif. The men's conference meet follows March 7-9, also in Long Beach. This year's NCAA championships are being held in Austin, Texas, March 21-23, for the women and in Athens, Ga., March 28-March 30, for the men.