Huskies Set To Swim At Big West Shootout

Nov. 1, 2004

THIS WEEKEND: The Washington swimming teams travel to Irvine, Calif., this week to take part in the two-day 11-school Big West Shootout. Competition starts Friday, Nov. 5 at noon. Washington will take on UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, Idaho's women and San Diego's women in pool B on Friday. UC Irvine, Hawaii, UC Davis, Air Force and Pepperdine's women will compete in pool A. The top two men's teams from each pool and the top two women's teams from pool A and top three women's teams from pool B will compete in the championship pool on Saturday. Saturday's championship meet will begin at 10 a.m. The Huskies' women have won the last two Big West Shootout Championships, while the UW men also won the BWS title last year.

WOMEN'S LAST TIME OUT: The Washington women's swimming team captured second place at the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic on Oct. 24. The Huskies tallied 282.5 points to place second in a field of six teams. Meet host SMU won the meet with 346 points, while South Carolina placed third (274), Indiana fourth (267), British Columbia fifth (207.5) and Rice sixth (199). Sharon Olson won two events for the Huskies, posting NCAA consideration times in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM. Her time of 4:51.05 in the 500 freestyle set a Husky record. Freshmen Caitlyn Shortt and Rachel Seely also won individual events for Washington. Shortt won the 200 breaststroke and placed second in the 400 IM. Both times were fast enough to place her second on the UW all-time charts. Seely won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.68 to rank sixth on the Husky all-time list.

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 25th in the first College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the season (Oct. 22) with nine points. The women's team also received nine points in the first poll but fell one spot out of the top 25. The UW women placed above No. 17 Indiana and South Carolina in the SMU Classic on Oct. 22-23. South Carolina is listed just position below Washington with seven points.

NCAA QUALIFIERS: Washington's women's team has posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in four events this season. Junior Sharon Olson has posted NCAA B cut times in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.30) and 500 freestyle (4:51.05). Freshman Caitlyn Shortt has tallied NCAA B cut times in the 200 IM (2:03.30) and 400 IM (4:20.34) events.

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 2004-05 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.