UW Swimming Places Third At U.S. Open Among University Division

Dec. 6, 2003

SEATTLE - The Washington swimming teams continued a double-duty schedule today with half the squad competing at the U.S. Open in Federal Way and the other half competing in the Wildcat Invitational on the campus of Central Washington.

The Huskies closed out competition at the U.S. Open, placing third in the combined university division behind Michigan and Florida. The women placed second overall, while the men placed third.

The men's 400-meter freestyle relay team was the only event the Huskies advanced to the finals in today. The team of Justin Adrian, Derek Rose, Lorant Divald and Jim Wolfe placed fourth in a time of 3:29.39.

The Huskies extended their lead at the Wildcat Invitational after two days of competition. Washington won 10 events this evening and five athletes posted career-best times, including Jared Osborne in the 100 butterfly (50.12), John Lyssand in the 200 freestyle (1:43.36), Chris Monson in the 100 breaststroke (57.23), Diogo Bezerra in the 100 backstroke (51.15) and Erin Kloos in the 400 IM (4:31.51).

Also posting a victory for the women was Brittany Epperson who headlined a 1-2-3 Washington finish in the 200 freestyle. Epperson finished in a time of 1:53.35, while Haley Wolcott (1:55.61) and Crystal Rawlings (1:55.95) placed second and third in season-best times.

The women's team won both relays tonight, including the 200 medley relay (Nichole Real, Melody Staubitz, Epperson, Lisa Fanning) in a time of 1:47.94 and 800 freestyle relay (Staubitz, Wolcott, Blythe Murray, Epperson) in a time of 7:44.75.

The men's team won the 800 freestyle relay (Osborne, Lyssand, Kevin Quinn, Bezerra) in a time of 7:01.20.

The Huskies conclude the Wildcat Invitational Sunday with finals set for 6 p.m.

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