Women's Swimming Hosts Washington State Friday

Nov. 18, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The Husky women (6-3) host Washington State (1-2) in the swimming Apple Cup. Last season, the Huskies won the meet in Pullman, 164-93. UW and WSU have met 25 times with Washington picking up 23 wins. The teams tied in 1992 and the Cougars notched their first-ever victory over the Huskies in 2001. Friday's meet will start at 7 p.m. at Husky Pool.

LAST TIME OUT: The Washington swimming teams lost a pair of close meets to Pittsburgh on Nov. 15. 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 Wolfe 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.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State (1-2) is fresh off a third place finish at the Rice Invitational. The Cougars (450 points) edged Texas Christain (404), while Rice (619) and Arkansas (478) placed first and second. The team includes 10 veterans and 12 newcomers.

WSU is led by a pair of international freshman. Erin Mcleave (Rutherglen, Australia) specializes in the sprint freestyle races, while Monika Povilonyte (Klaipeda, Lithuania) is the Cougars top breaststroker.

The Cougars are coached by Erica Quam who is in her second season at Washington State.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Washington's men's and women's swimming teams made big jumps in the latest College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll (Nov. 12). The men's team jumped 11 spots to No. 14 after beating 13th-ranked Hawaii twice en route to the Big West Shootout Championship. The women's team improved one position to No. 21 after winning the Big West Shootout and edging second-place finisher and 25th-ranked Hawaii.

MEN UPSET 13th-RANKED HAWAII, TWICE: The men's swimming team upset No. 13 Hawaii twice en route to the Big West Shootout Championship. The men defeated Hawaii 94-59 on the first day and edged them again 61-50 in the championship. The wins marked the highest ranked opponents the Huskies have defeated since head coach Mickey Wender took over the team six years ago. The meet was highlighted by the 400 freestyle relay team that set a school record. Derek Rose, Jim Wolfe, Lorant Divald and Justin Adrian combined to swim the race in 3:00.34, breaking the old record of 3:01.51 set in 1999.

ADRIAN POSTS NATIONS FASTEST 100 FLY: Senior Justin Adrian has posted the nation's fastest 100 butterfly time (47.79) this season with a first place finish at the Big West Shootout. The mark falls just short of his school record time of 47.25 set at last year's Pac-10 Championships.

OLSON SMASHES SCHOOL RECORDS: Sophomore Sharon Olson has tallied four school record times this season in the 500 and 1000 freestyle and the 200 IM. Olson opened the season with record-breaking swims in the 500 freestyle (4:51.85) and 200 individual medley (2:01.42) at the SMU Classic. Oslon upped her performance against Penn State, posting an even faster mark in the 500 (4:51.71) and shattering the 1000 freestyle record in a time of 9:55.52. The 1000 freestyle time surpassed the previous record of 10:00.95 set by Janella Bart in 2000.

UNDEFEATED RACERS: Four swimmers remain undefeated in their signature events. Justin Adrian has won the 100 butterfly five times and has posted the fast time (45.32) in the country this season. Phil Davis has placed first in all four 100 breaststroke (55.21) races he's competed in and ranks second nationally. Luke Ekhoff has won the 200 breaststroke five times and his 2:00.52 time ranks second in the country. Sharon Olson is Washington's only female undefeated racer, having posted first place finishes in the 200 IM four times and her school record time of 2:01.82 ranks fifth-fastest in the nation this season.

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Washington swimming team selected Luke Ekhoff, Justin Adrian, Melody Staubitz and Desiree Johnson team captains for the 2003-04 season.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 23-player Washington men's roster includes 17 returning letterwinners. The 2003 team includes eight seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and four freshman. The team represents eight states and three countries, including Washington (11), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Hawaii (1), Missouri (1), Oregon (3), Brazil (1), Slovakia (1), Alberta (1), Alaska (1).

On the women's side the 24-player roster, includes 17 returning letterwinners. The 2003 team includes three seniors, 11 juniors, eight sophomores and two freshman. The team represents seven states, including Washington (12), Nevada (2), California (5), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Arizona (2), Nebraska (1).

COACH WENDER: Mickey Wender (Vermont, 1989) begins his sixth year at the helm of the Washington swimming program. He boasts a 48-22 men's dual meet record and a 55-20 women's dual meet record. Since joining the Huskies coaching staff in 1998, Washington swimmers have broken the school's record 70 times and have crowned seven All-American's. Wender is assisted by Joe Dykstra (Washington, 1998), Kim Harada (Washington 2002) and Beth Slaughter (Linfield, 1997).

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Washington has played three matches against ranked teams this season. The men defeated No. 13 Hawaii twice and lost to No. 18 Pittsburgh. The women have defeated No. 25 Hawaii twice and droped to No. 12 Penn State.

2002-03 REVIEW: The 2002-03 edition of Husky swimming certainly raised the bar as both the men's and women's team's broke their way into the top 25 rankings and UW sent seven athletes to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, more than tripling the number of competitors that competed the season before.

The Huskies broke 18 school records and had four athletes earn All-America honors. The women's team sent four swimmers to the NCAA meet and placed 19th for the highest national finish for the Washington women since swimming became a NCAA sponsored sport in 1982.

Kim Harada had a phenomenal showing at the championships, recording two fourth place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle events to earn All-America honors. She also earned honorable mention honors in the 200 freestyle relay along with teammates Annette Vayo, Melody Staubitz and Sharon Olson.

The men's team sent Justin Adrian, Luke Ekhoff and Derek Rose.

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