Swimming Moves Up In National Poll

Jan. 29, 2004

SEATTLE -- The Washington men's swimming team improved one position in the College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll today to take over the No. 17 ranking. The women remained at the No. 23 position.

The Husky men boast an 11-1 dual meet record, including top 25 wins over No. 13 Arizona State, No. 13 Hawaii (twice) and No. 20 Brigham Young. The men have broken three school records with senior Phil Davis and Justin Adrian smashing the UW records in the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle, respectively, and the 400 medley relay team swimming Washington's fastest time ever. UW's men's team has also posted four NCAA provision times this season.

The Husky women have a 9-4 record that includes wins over No. 16 Arizona State and No. 25 Hawaii. Washington's women have broken three school records, all by sophomore sensation Sharon Olson who set records in the 500 and 1000 freestyle and 200 individual medley. The UW women's team has also tallied 10 NCAA provision times.

This weekend, the Huskies will split the squad to swim at Hawaii and at the Washington Open in Federal Way. The Hawaii dual meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. (HT). It marks the third time this season the Huskies and Rainbow Wahine have face each other as the teams competed in back-to-back days at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Washington's men defeated then-13th-ranked Hawaii twice, while the women split with then-25th-ranked UH. The Hawaii men are ranked 19th, while the UH women hold the No. 25 spot.

UW will also send a dozen swimmers to Federal Way to compete in the Washington Open, Jan. 30-31. Preliminaries are set for 9:30 a.m., with finals beginning at 5 p.m.

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