Washington Swimming Upsets Arizona State

Jan. 3, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Washington swimming teams upset Arizona State this afternoon with both meets coming down to the last race. The 25th-ranked women won the 200 freestyle relay to pick up the 129-120 win over 16th-ranked ASU, while the 19th-ranked Husky men placed second and third in the final race of the day to edge 13th-ranked Arizona State, 126-123.

The wins marked Washington's first ever dual meet victories over the Sun Devils and its first victories over ASU since both the men and women defeated Arizona State in the 1996 Pac-10 Championships.

'These were huge, huge wins for us today,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It was a total team effort and our swimmers showed a lot of heart, passion and courage to defeat two strong ASU teams. These are our first wins over Arizona State since I've been here and this is a giant hurdle we've gotten over. What's even better is that we won despite losing the 32 uncontested diving points. Today is a great day to be a Husky.'

Sophomore Sharon Olson was the big winner on the women's side, picking up three of Washington's four individual victories in the 200 IM (2:06.81), 500 (5:01.04) and 1000 (10:07.16) freestyle. Brittany Epperson tallied Washington's other individual victory, placing first in the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.22.

The Husky women won four of five relay events, including the 200 medley and 200 freestyle, and the unconventional 300 breaststroke and 300 backstroke relays.

The senior class propelled the men's team to victory as Justin Adrian, Luke Ekhoff and Derek Rose each tallied at least three victories. Adrian won the 200 freestyle (1:39.54) in a season-best time, while also contributing to the winning 200 medley relay (1:31.08), 300 butterfly relay and the 300 backstroke relay.

Rose picked up victories in the 50 freestyle (21.14), as well as the 200 medley relay, 300 butterfly relay and 300 backstroke relay.

Ekhoff was a triple-winner, posing wins in the 200 individual medley (1:52.35) in a season-best time, and swimming on the winning 200 medley and 300 breaststroke relays.

The Huskies return to action next Saturday, January 10, when the men host No. 20 Brigham Young at 11 a.m., at the Husky Pool.

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