Swimming Prepares For Purple & Gold Classic

Oct. 14, 2004

THIS WEEKEND: The Washington swimming team will host the Purple and Gold Classic this Saturday at 11 a.m. The intrasquad meet will be formatted like a dual meet, pitting half of the squad (Team Purple) against the other half of the team (Team Gold). Last season, Team Gold won by a 293-213 margin and were led by triple-event winners Sharon Olson, Justin Adrian and Luke Ekhoff.

WOMEN'S LAST TIME OUT: The Washington women's swimming team lost its season-opener to California, 141-116 on Oct. 1 at Husky Pool. The Golden Bears won 11 of 14 events and swam the last six events with just one scoring swimmer.Freshman Caitlyn Shortt was a double-winner for the Huskies, winning both the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Her time of 2:17.98 in the breaststroke ranks fourth on UW all-time list, while her mark of 2:04.00 in the IM ranks fifth-best in Washington history. Washington's other victory came in the 200 freestyle relay. Freshman Rachel Seely joined veterans Brittany Epperson, Desiree Johnson and Sharon Olson to post a winning time of 1:35.62.

MEN'S LAST TIME OUT: The Washington men's swimming team defeated the visiting British Columbia Thunderbirds 204-164 on Oct. 2 in its season-opener. The meet followed the NCAA relay format and the Huskies won all 10 events. Washington's freshmen carried the load 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.

BARBIC COMPETES AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Bruno Barbic swam three events at the 2004 World Swimming Championships with the Croatian National Team, Oct. 7-11. The World Championships, considered the most prestigious and largest international swimming event outside of the Olympic Games, was held in the United State (Indianapolis) for the first time ever. Barbic posted top-30 finishes in both of his individual events, placing 22nd in the 100-meter freestyle (50.20) and 26th in the 50-meter freestyle (22.86). Barbic is the first Washington swimmer to compete at the World Championships since Wender took over the reigns of Husky swimming in 1998.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The men's swimming team was ranked 17th in the final 2003-04 College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The women were not ranked in the final poll but did receive two votes.

NCAA QUALIFIERS: Washington's women's team has posted three NCAA provisional qualifying times this season. Junior Sharon Olson has posted NCAA B cut times in the 100-yard freestyle (51.71) and 200-yard freestyle (1:50.11). Both of Olson's swims resulted in second place finishes against California. Freshman Caitlyn Shortt tallied a NCAA B cut time in the 200-year breaststroke with a first-place time of 2:17.98 vs. the Golden Bears.

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 25-player Washington men's roster includes 14 returning letterwinners. The 2004 team includes six seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and 12 freshman. The team represents nine states and four countries, including Washington (11), Nevada (1), Ohio (1), Missouri (1), Oregon (3), Brazil (1), Slovakia (1), Croatia (1), Alberta (1), Alaska (1), California (1), New York (1), Montana (1). On the women's side the 23-player roster, includes 15 returning letterwinners. The 2004 team includes eight seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and eight freshman. The team represents eight states, including Washington (9), Nevada (2), California (6), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Arizona (1), Texas (1), Oregon (2).

COACH WENDER: Mickey Wender (Vermont, 1989) begins his seventh year at the helm of the Washington swimming program. He boasts a 54-22 men's dual meet record and a 59-23 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).

2003-04 REVIEW: Washington had seven swimmers compete at the NCAA Championships, including five men and two women. The men's team posted its best NCAA finish in 30 years, tying for 25th place. Phil Davis earned All-America honors in the 200 breaststoke with a sixth place finish at national's in a school record time of 1:53.00. Justin Adrian earned second team All-America honors with a 16th place finish in the 100 butterfly (48.04). The men's 400 medley relay team of Derek Rose, Davis, Adrian and Ekhoff also earned All-America honors with a 14th place finish. Sharon Olson and Desiree Johnson swam at the NCAA Championships for the Husky women.

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