Men's Swimming Hosts No. 20 BYU This Weekend

Jan. 8, 2004

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THIS WEEKEND: The 19th-ranked Washington men's swimming team host No. 20 Brigham Young this Saturday, January 10 at 1 p.m. The men are fresh off an upset of 13th-ranked Arizona State last weekend are 8-1 in dual meets this season. The Cougars haven't competed since their second place finish at the Speedo Cup in November, trailing only second-ranked Stanford.

LAST TIME OUT: The Washington swimming teams upset Arizona State on January 3, 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.

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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Both of Washington's swimming teams rank among the top 25 in the latest College Swim Coaches' Association poll. The men, who peaked at No. 14 on Nov. 12, currently hold the No. 19 ranking. The women, who have ranked as high as No. 21 (Nov. 12) rank 25th.

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.

LUCKY NUMBER 13: The men's swimming team has found the number 13 to be lucky this season. The Husky men have swam against the 13th-ranked team three times this season and have come away with three wins. UW defeated No. 13 Hawaii (74-64 and 56-55) and No. 13 Arizona State (126-123).

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.

THREE MEN RANK IN NATION'S TOP 10:Three Husky men have posted times fast enough to rank among the nation's 10 fastest this season. Justin Adrian ranks sixth in the 100 butterfly (47.79), while Derek Rose (48.38) ranks sixth in the 100 backstroke and Phil Davis (54.80) ranks eighth in the 100 breaststroke. All three are seniors.

UNDEFEATED RACERS: Four swimmers remain undefeated in their signature events. Justin Adrian has won the 100 butterfly five times and has posted the sixth-fastest time in the country (47.79). Phil Davis has placed first in all four 100 breaststroke (55.21) races he's competed in and ranks eighth nationally. Luke Ekhoff has won the 200 breaststroke five times and his 2:00.52 time ranks 15th-fastest in the country. Sharon Olson is Washington's only female undefeated racer, having posted first place finishes in the 200 IM five times and her school record time of 2:01.82 ranks 17th-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 56-20 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).

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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