Swimming Weekly Release

Jan. 28, 2003

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A LOOK AHEAD: The Washington swim teams are on hiatus this week. The women (10-0) return to action on Feb. 8 when they host Pac-10 rival Oregon State. The men (7-5) are back in the pool on Feb. 15 when they host non-conference foe Simon Fraser. Both meets are slated for an 11 a.m. start.

RECORDS FALL IN HAWAII: The men's team toppled two school records in the 400 medley relay'against Hawaii. Junior Derek Rose paced the relay with a school record 100 backstroke time of 49.49. Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian and Jim Wolfe then combined with Rose to post the fastest 400 MR (3:17.77) time in Husky history. Washington has now broke 10 school records this season and has notched 15 NCAA B consideration time standards.

THE POLLS: The CSCAA released its fifth poll of the season on January 16. The Washington men dropped from the top-25 after losses to BYU and the Air Force, but hold the first position in the others receiving votes category. The women continue to hold onto the No. 22 spot.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST:Washington has numerous swimmers who have posted some of the fastest times in the country. For the men, Luke Ekhoff is fourth in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 breast. In the 100 butterfly, Justin Adrian is fifth and Derek Rose is eight. The 200 medley relay is the nation's fifth-fastest. For the women, Kim Harada is fifth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Anissa Hilyard is 17th in the 200 butterfly and Desiree Johnson is 20th in the 100 backstroke.

A LOOK BACK:The Washington women's team defeated Hawaii, 166-112, behind seven first place finishes on Jan. 25. The Washington men, despite posting two school records, lost to No. 24 Hawaii, 171-117.

Senior Kim Harada paced the Husky women with three first place finishes. She edged out Hawaii's Yan Chen by .06 with a winning time of 1:50.01 in the 200 freestyle. Harada then led a first through third sweep of the 50 freestyle along with Annette Vayo and freshman Rachel Owen. She capped off the day with a victory in the 100 freestyle (50.94).

Standout freshman Sharon Olson captured first place finishes in two races. She swam a career-best time in the 1650 freestyle (16:49.17) to post a NCAA B consideration standard and won the 500 freestyle (4:58.99).

The women's team also captured first place finishes in the 400 medley and freestyle relays. The 400 MR team (3:50.34) included Desiree Johnson, Brittany Reichardt, Anissa Hilyard and Harada, while the 400 FR team (3:30.55) included Olson, Liya Liu, Johnson and Vayo.

The men's meet was highlighted with two school records falling in the first event. Derek Rose, Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian and Jim Wolfe combined for a Husky all-time-best 3:17.77 mark in the 400 medley relay, setting a NCAA B consideration time standard. Rose's leadoff time in the event also set a school record in the 100 backstroke (49.45).

Adrian recorded two individual race victories to lead the men's squad. He topped his season-best in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.46 and won the 100 butterfly (48.60). Rose took home the only other first place finish for the Husky men, winning the 100 freestyle in 45.61.

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