Swimming Sweeps Pair Of Dual Meets At Hawaii

Jan. 26, 2002

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's and women's swimming teams remained perfect in dual-meet action in 2002, sweeping a pair of meets at the University of Hawaii Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Husky men defeated the Rainbows for the second year in a row, posting a 163.5-130.5 victory to conclude their dual-meet season with a 15-1 overall record. The UW women, meanwhile, cruised to an easy 208-78 win, moving to 14-2 in 2001-02.

The Husky women claimed event titles in all but one of the 14 swimming events, sweeping first through third place in eight events. Four Huskies were double-event winners on the day, including sophomore Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and freshmen Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.), Hannah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) and Annette Vayo (Placentia, Calif.). Harada won both the 100 (52.40) and 200-yard (1:54.65) freestyle events, after coming in second behind teammate Vayo, who also placed first in the 200 backstroke (2:05.12), in 50 freestyle (24.11).

Hilyard led a first through third place Husky sweep in the 100 butterfly, after winning the 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.00, more than five seconds faster than her nearest competitor, teammate Evelyn Hingsbergen, who placed second in 2:10.73. Hilyard's roommate, Jo, meanwhile, won both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events in 5:05.89 and 10:37.82, respectively.

On the men's side, the meet was much closer, as the Huskies won 10 of the 14 swimming events, but surrendered 32 points in the two diving events.

The UW men were led by double-event winners junior Tim Collins (Vancouver, Wash.) and sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.). Collins claimed a pair of back-to-back event titles in the 50 and 100 (45.76) freestyle, leading a first through third place UW sweep in the 50 free with a winning time of 21.12. One of the country's top breaststrokers, Ekhoff made up for a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke by winning the 200-yard event in 2:00.02 and then touching first in the 200 individual medley in 1:52.07.

The Washington men's and women's swimming teams will be back in action next week, when they play host to the Washington Open in Federal Way, Wash., January 31-February 3.

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