Washington Swimming Drops To Pittsburgh

Nov. 15, 2003

PITTSBURGH, Pa- The Washington swimming teams lost a pair of close meets this afternoon to Pittsburgh. The 14th-ranked men lost a 134-103 battle to the 18th-ranked Panthers, while Pittsburgh's women upset No. 21 UW, 126-111. Once again, Washington's lack of a diving team came back to haunt the Huskies as both swimming teams out swam the Panthers but could not overcome the 32-point diving deficit.

The men's team had a pair of double winners in seniors Luke Ekhoff and Derek Rose. Ekhoff won the 200 IM (1:52.75) and 200 breaststroke (2:01.40), while Rose posted first place finishes in the 50 (21.03) and 100 freestyle (45.10). Rose's time in the 100 freestyle marked the second-fastest time in Husky history.

Junior Jim Wolf won Washington's only other individual race, winning the 200 freestyle (1:40.06).

The Husky men also recorded victories in the 400 freestyle and medley relays. The team of Rose, Phil Davis, Justin Adrian and Ekhoff won the 400 FR (3:20.66), while Adrian, Lorant Divald, Justin Lee and Wolfe won the 400 MR (3:03.87).

Washington's women were led by sophomore Sharon Olson who picked up a pair of victories in the 1000 freestyle (10:19.22) and 200 IM (2:06.20).

Four other women won races, including Hannah Jo in the 500 freestyle (5:03.17), Anissa Hilyard in the 200 butterfly (2:02.26), Liya Liu in the 100 freestyle (51.92) and Nicole Bernard in the 200 backstroke (2:01.33). Bernard's winning time was fast enough to qualify for a NCAA B cut and rank No. 2 on UW's all-time list.

'We had a bit of a frustrating day,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'We had some very good swims- in fact, our top people performed exceptionally well. We just struggled a bit with our depth. Third, fourth and fifth place is what's going to win meets. We lost a lot of close ones but ultimately, it's was a great learning experience for both out men and women and I am confident that we will use this experience as a catalyst to build into the next part of the season. I am very excited about our future. We learned a lot and the best is yet to come.'

Washington returns to action when the women host Washington State on Nov. 21. The meet starts at 7 p.m.

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