Women's and Men's Swim Teams Earn Top 25 Rankings

Oct. 29, 2003

SEATTLE -- The women's and men's Washington swimming teams are ranked 22nd and 25th, respectively in the first College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, it was announced today.

The women's team, who finished 19th overall at the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, is fresh off a fourth place finish at the SMU Classic. The Husky women finished behind No. 2 Florida, No. 8 SMU and No. 14 Indiana.

Sophomore Sharon Olson leads the UW women, already breaking a pair of school records in the season opener at SMU and posting the team's fastest times of the season in four events. Olson set UW records in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM last Saturday.

The women are scheduled to swim against 11 teams currently ranked in the top 25, including six Pac-10 teams. The Huskies will take on No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 California, No. 11 UCLA and No. 13 Arizona State. The UW women will also swim against No. 10 Penn State and No. 25 Hawaii.

The men's team is led by eight seniors, including 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving participants Luke Ekhoff, Derek Rose and Justin Adrian. The men are slated to compete against eight ranked opponents this season, including No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 5 USC, No. 13 Hawaii, No. 14 Arizona, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 18 Brigham Young.

The men and women are back in action this weekend when they swim in the Big West Shootout, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The two day meet will be held in Irvine, Calif. and will pit the Huskies against Cal State Northridge, Pacific and Cal Poly on Friday.

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