Swimming Opens 71st Season With Oktoberfest

Oct. 3, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington swimming team will begin the program's 71st season this Saturday, Oct. 5, with the 51st annual intrasquad Oktoberfest meet at 10 a.m. at the Husky Pavilion.

The meet will pit each Husky swimmer against one another, as each competitor will swim seven different events, including the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 100 back and 100 IM. Each swimmer will then be awarded points based on their finish in each event with the male and female with the lowest point total at the end of the meet winning.

Oktoberfest was originally created to be a preseason test of speed and mental toughness as the Huskies head into the season. Meet results will help the coaching staff better assess each athlete's ability and may be used to create starting line-ups and the travel squad.

Last season, Kim Harada (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Dan Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) earned top honors. It was the second straight honor for Harada, who won six of the seven events, while swimming a pair of meet record times in 100 free (52.12) and 200 free (1:53.42). Harada, now a senior, will look to defend her titles this weekend.

Moilanen won three events, including the 100 back, 100 free and 100 free medley to take the men's title and narrowly edge the 2000-01 winner, Matt Zielke (Renton, Wash.). Zielke, now a senior, will look to reclaim his sophomore crown.


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