Men's Swimming Hosts Simon Fraser

Feb. 12, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: Washington's men's team (7-5) faces Simon Fraser on Saturday, Feb. 15 after a two week hiatus. It will be the final home meet of the season for the Huskies and the last for seniors Piotr Daranowski, Jeff Schmidt and Matt Zielke. The women's team is off this week.

THE POLLS: The CSCAA released its sixth poll of the season on January 30. The Washington women dropped two places to No. 24 despite maintaining an 11-0 mark. The men are one position out of the top 25 poll.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST:The Huskies have posted some of the nation's fastest times this season. Junior Luke Ekhoff ranks in the top 12 in three events, including the 200 breaststroke (fourth, 1:57.86), 200 IM (sixth, 1:48.50) and 100 breast (12th, 55.11). Juniors Justin Adrian and Derek Rose also rank in the top 10 in the 100 butterfly. Adrian is fifth (47.77), while Rose is 10th (48.48). For the women, Kim Harada is sixth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Anissa Hilyard is 22nd in the 200 butterfly and Desiree Johnson is 27th in the 100 backstroke.

A LOOK BACK: The Husky women have extended their undefeated streak to 11 meets after a 147-117 victory over Oregon State on Feb. 8 Senior Kim Harada gave the Huskies two first place finishes. She finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time o 23.39. Harada also finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.64.

Two freshman led the way for the Huskies today. Sharon Olson finished first in three events. Olson's time of 10:01.09 in the 1000 freestyle was not only a career best, but also the second best time ever in Washington history. Olson finished first in the 500 freestyle in 4:53. 04 and first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.03, a new career best.

Liya Liu swam a career best in the 200 freestyle finishing first with 1:51.60. Liu also finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.69.

The Washington men's team lost to No. 24 Hawaii, 171-117, despite toppling two school records on Jan. 25.

The 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.

COMING UP: Washington's women swim in the Pac-10 Championship, Feb. 27- March 1, in Federal Way, Wash. Last year, the Huskies placed eighth with 449.5 points. The Husky men compete in the Pac-10 Championships, March 6-8, in Long Beach, California. Last season, the men placed sixth with 175 points. Preliminary races will begin at 11 a.m. Finals are slated for 6 p.m.

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