Men's Swimming Sweeps UBC In Season-Opener

Oct. 2, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington men's swimming team defeated the visiting British Columbia Thunderbirds 204-164 this afternoon in its season-opener. The meet followed the NCAA relay format and the Huskies won all 10 events.

'I thought today was a great day for our guys to come together as a team,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'It's really about a month earlier than we have ever competed so it is a real good test for us and a good indicator of where we are at. It's like I tell the guys, every meet is an exam for us to see where our strengths and our weaknesses are. Today I give us a B+ or A- in our race performance but it is only October 2 and we have a really long way to go. It was a lot of fun and they showed a lot of heart and a lot of character.'

Washington's freshmen carried the load today as five newcomers tallied three or more wins. Freshman Bruno Barbic led all swimmers with four victories, including wins in the 800 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Six men earned three wins for the Huskies, including seniors Cameron Barclift and Jim Wolfe and freshmen Taylor Brugh, Jake Salaz, Peter Wicklund and Brenton Dowdy.

Washington placed first and second in both the 300 breaststroke and 800 freestyle relays.

The Huskies opened with a win in the 300 butterfly relay with a time of 2:34.55 by Jared Osborne, Ryan Kastl and Mason Amick.

Brugh and freshman Henry Hudson then combined with senior co-captain Diogo Bezerra to win the 300 backstroke relay with a time of 2:24.39.

Washington placed first and second in the 300 breaststroke relay. Barclift, Salaz and Kastl won the event in a time of 2:58.37, while Pat Penoyar, Gary Hwang and Cejih Yung picked up second place (3:03.30).

The Huskies also placed first and second in the 800 freestyle relay heading into the first break with a 92-60 lead. Barbic teamed with Wicklund, Kevin Quinn and Wolfe to win the event (6:59.07), while Brett Lundgaard, Hudson, Amick and Hunter McCallister placed second (7:07.02).

Washington continued to dominate after the break, winning the 500 freestyle relay (4:06.65) on the power of Barclift, Dowdy, Barbic and Wolfe.

UW then claimed the victory in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:29.42 by Brugh, Salaz, Osborne and Wicklund.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Barbic, Dowdy, Hardesty and Barclift followed with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:26.55).

Washington tallied its eighth victory in as many events in the 1500 freestyle relay to take the 176-128 lead into the second break. Yung, Quinn and Wolfe picked up the win.

UW's freshmen capped off the meet, sweeping the final two events to seal the Washington victory. Brugh, Amick, Salaz and Lundgaard won the 400 individual medley (3:39.41), while Barbic, Dowdy, Hudson and Wicklund won the 400 freestyle relay (3:10.00).

'I'm really proud of our freshman, particularly with how they stepped up on the last two relays when we knew we had the meet in hand and made some lineup changes to race the freshman versus the veterans,' said Wender. 'So those last two races were the old versus the new and like I've been telling the team all year the future is now and those freshman are stepping into the shoes of those eight returning guys really well. It was a good day.'

The men return to competition Oct. 16 when the Huskies split the squad and compete in the Purple & Gold Classic intrasquad meet. The meet is slated for an 11 a.m. start.

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