Gold Team Sweeps At Swimming's Annual Purple & Gold Meet

Oct. 13, 2001

SEATTLE - The gold team rallied to win both the men's and women's meets at Washington swimming's annual Purple & Gold meet Saturday morning at Husky Pool. The gold team won the women's dual meet, 129-127, while the gold men's team defeated the purple, 135-122.

The gold team, coached by UW assistant Rickey Perkins, won the women's meet in the last event - the 200 freestyle relay. The gold team had trailed the purple squad, 116-123, prior to the relay, but pushed past them with a first and third-place finish, including a win by the team of Lisa Fanning (Bellevue, Wash.), Desiree Johnson (Post Falls, Idaho), Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.) and Karen Magnuson (Wilmette, Ill.) in 1:38.51.

Husky junior Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) won four events on the day, including the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, in addition to swimming the anchor leg on the purple squad's winning 200 medley relay. Freshman Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) placed first in three individual events, the 500 free (5:008.56), the 1000 free (10:26.451) and the 200 IM (2:07.56), for the gold team, while sophomore Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nev.) swept the breaststroke events.

In the men's meet, the gold team won nine of the 14 events, retaking the lead after sophomore Jesse Nitz's (Puyallup, Wash.) win in the 200 breaststroke and never looking back. Washington senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) and freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) both came away with three wins apiece, as Moilanen claimed first-place finishes in both backstroke events and the 200 medley relay for the purple team, and Wolfe won the 200 (1:45.24) and 500 (4:41.30) freestyle and was a member of the gold squad's winning 200 free relay.

Nitz also won the 100 breaststroke in 58.80, while junior Jeff Hyman (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed titles in the 100 (51.01) and 200 (1:55.11) butterfly.

The Washington swimming team will be back in action next Friday, October 19, for the Husky Relays set for a 6 p.m. start time.

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