Swimming Opens 2004-05 Season Vs. California & UBC This Week

Sept. 29, 2004

THIS WEEK: The Washington swimming teams make their season debuts this week when the women host California on Oct. 1 and the men host British Columbia on Oct. 2. Friday's meet will start at 2 p.m. and will be the standard NCAA dual meet format. The men's meet begins at 11 a.m. and will follow the NCAA relay meet format.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: California placed sixth at the NCAA Championships last season and captured three national titles. The Golden Bears return seven 2004 All-Americans, including sophomores Annie Babicz and Erin Reilly, juniors Ashley Chandler and Helen Silver, seniors Keiko Amano, Lauren Medina, and Emma Palsson. California also returns three of the four members of the national championship 800-meter free relay squad (Reilly, Chandler, and Medina).

LAST TIME OUT: Junior Sharon Olson earned top female honors at the Huskies' annual season-opening Oktoberfest swim meet Sept. 25, while sophomore Jared Osborne won the men's title. The Huskies combined to break four meet records in the intrasquad meet, which pitted each swimmer against each other in seven separate events (50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 IM) at Husky Pool.

Olson claimed the women's title for the third-straight year with 20 points, after winning the 200 free (1:53.69) and setting a meet record in the 50 free (24.10). Freshman Caitlyn Shortt placed second overall with 25 points and set meet records in the 100 breast (1:05.52) and 100 IM (58.94). Rounding out the top five women's finishers were senior co-captain Erin Kloos (45 points), freshmen Mary Patterson (49 points) and senior Hannah Jo (54 points.

Other event winners on the women's side were senior Anissa Hilyard in the 100 fly (58.42), senior co-captain Desiree Johnson in the 100 back (58.32) and freshman Rachel Seely in the 100 free (53.14).

Osborne won the men's title with 35 points, including a first place finish in the 100 fly (52.03). Senior Cameron Barclift finished second in the men's competition with 37 points, followed by senior co-captain Jim Wolfe (50 points), freshman Taylor Brugh (51 points) and freshman Bret Lundgaard (55 points).

Freshman Bruno Barbic was a double-event winner for the Huskies, placing first in the 50 free (21.41) and 100 free (46.66). Other event winners for the men were Brugh in the 100 back (52.91), Wolfe in the 200 free (1:42.54); Barclift in the 100 breast (59.96) and Lorant Divald in the 100 IM (54.01).

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Washington swimming team selected Diogo Bezerra, Jim Wolfe, Erin Kloos and Desiree Johnson team captains for the 2004-05 season.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 23-player Washington men's roster includes 12 returning letterwinners. The 2004-05 team includes six seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and 11 freshman. The team represents nine states and five countries, including Washington (9), Oregon (3), Nevada (1), Ohio (1), Missouri (1), Brazil (1), Slovakia (1), Croatia (1), Alberta (1), Alaska (1), California (1), New York (1), Montana (1). On the women's side the 24-player roster, includes 16 returning letterwinners. The 2004-05 team includes nine seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and eight freshman. The team represents eight states, including Washington (10), California (6), Oregon (2), Nevada (2), Texas (1), Arizona (1), Idaho (1) and Colorado (1).

COACH WENDER: Mickey Wender (Vermont, 1989) begins his seventh year at the helm of the Washington swimming program. He boasts a 53-22 men's dual meet record and a 59-22 women's dual meet record. Since joining the Huskies coaching staff in 1998, Washington swimmers have broken school records over 70 times and have crowned 10 All-American's. Wender is assisted by Joe Dykstra (Washington, 1998), Kim Harada (Washington 2002) and Beth Slaughter (Linfield, 1997).

2003-04 REVIEW: The Washington men's swimming team is coming off its best season in decades as five swimmers advanced to the NCAA Championships and combined for a 25th place finish- the program's best in nearly 30 years. Leading the way for the men was senior Phil Davis who won Pac-10 titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in school record times. His time in the 200 breaststroke also set a Pac-10 record. The women's team placed eighth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and sent two women to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies broke four school records with Desiree Johnson setting the record in the 100 backstroke and Sharon Olson setting records in the 500 free, 1000 free and 200 IM.

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