Ekhoff, Olson and Staubitz Win Oktoberfest Swimming Crowns

Oct. 5, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington junior Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) earned male top honors at the Huskies' annual season-opening Oktoberfest swim meet this afternoon. Junior Melody Staubitz (Mesa, Ariz.) and freshman Sharon Olson (Weaverville, Calif.) tied to take a share of the women's title. The meet was formatted as a intrasquad match-up, pitting each individual swimmer against one another in seven separate events (50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 IM) at Husky pool.

Ekhoff claimed the meet title with 20 points to narrowly edge junior Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) with 23 pts. Ekhoff won three events, including the 100 breast, 100 free and 100 IM, while placing second in the 50 free and 200 free. Rose won the 50 free and joined other event winners, junior Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), who set a new meet record in the 100 fly, sophomore newcomer Diogo Bezerra (Racife, Brazil) in the 100 back and senior Kit Tainter (Lynnwood, Wash.) in the 200 free.

Rounding out the top five male finishers were junior Matt Zielke (Renton, Wash.) with 42 pts., sophomore Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) with 53 pts. and Adrian with 54 pts.

Staubitz and Olson, meanwhile, won the women's competition with 29 pts. Staubitz, who placed second at last year's meet, won a share of the title with a first place finish in the 100 free and second place finishes in the 50 free and 100 breast. Olson won three events, including the 50 free, 200 free and 100 IM. Other event champions were sophomore Anissa Hilyard (Whittier, Calif.) in the 100 fly, sophomore Hanah Jo (Federal Way, Wash.) in the 100 back and junior Brittany Reichardt (Gardnerville, Nevada) who tied with Staubitz in the 100 free.

Freshman Liya Liu (Vancouver, Wash.) finished third overall with 43 pts., followed by sophomore Melissa Chandler (Reno, Nevada) in fourth with 50 pts., and Reichardt in fifth with 51 pts.

Both Washington swimming teams will be back in action next Saturday, October 12, as they compete in another intrasquad showdown at 10 a.m.


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