Women's Swimming To Face WSU & Idaho

Nov. 16, 2004

THIS WEEKEND: The Washington women's swimming team has a pair of road meets this weekend, facing Washington State on Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., and Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. Washington State is 2-0 this season with wins over San Jose State and Arkansas. Washington has already faced Idaho this year, defeating the Vandals 110-12 at the Big West Shootout. The 2004-05 season marks the first for the Idaho program after a 19-year hiatus. The Husky men are idle this week.

WOMEN'S LAST TIME OUT: The women's team placed second the two-day Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., Nov. 5-6. The Huskies won their pool on the first day, notching wins over UC Santa Barbara (102-20), Cal State Northridge (110-12), Cal Poly (110-22), San Diego (106-26) and Idaho (110-12). Washington won 13 of 14 swimming events on the opening day, including two victories by Sharon Olson and two apiece by Anissa Hilyard and Desiree Johnson. UW advanced to the Big West Shootout Cahmpionship on Nov. 6 and placed second behind Hawaii (32-79). The women defeated UC Santa Barbara (84-11), UC Irvine (75-36) and San Diego (84-16). Olson won two events in the title meet, while Jessica Buchanan tallied a win.

MEN'S LAST TIME OUT: The men's team placed second at the two-day Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif., Nov. 5-6. The Huskies won their pool on the first day, defeating UC Santa Barbara (82-40), Cal State Northridge (104-18) and Cal Poly (104-18) to advance to the championship meet. The men won 10 of the 14 swimming events, including two victories apiece for Diogo Bezerra and Bruno Barbic. Washington placed second in the Big West Shootout Championship behind Hawaii (27-76). The Huskies defeated UC Santa Barbara (76-19) and host UC Irvine (61-42). Barbic was a double event winner for the men in the title meet.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The men's swimming team dipped two positions in the College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll on Nov. 4 from No. 25 to the second team listed under 'receving votes'. The women's team jumped into the poll for the first time this season and held the No. 25 spot. The men are 0-1 against top 25 teams, falling to No. 21 Hawaii at the Big West Shootout. The women are 1-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, defeating No. 17 Indiana and losing to No. 9 SMU and No. 22 Hawaii.

TOP-25 TIMES: Three Husky women have posted swims fast enough to rank among the nations top-25. Freshman Caitlyn Shortt appears three times on the top times chart and is the only Husky to rank among the top-10. Shorrt ranks ninth in the 400 IM (4:20.34), 11th in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.58) and 21st in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.00). Junior Sharon Olson ranks in two events, including 12th in the 500 freestyle (4:51.05) and 13th in the 200 IM (2:04.00). Freshman Jessica Buchanan ranks 20th in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.48). The women's team also ranks among the top-25 in four relays, including 11th in the 800 FR (7:32.97), 14th in the 200 MR (1:44.91), 18th in the 400 MR (3:48.15) and 21st in the 200 FR (1:35.62). Four Husky men rank among the top-25. Freshman Bruno Barbic ranks 11th in the 100 freestyle (44.99) and 15th in the 50 freestyle (40.48). The three other UW men that rank in the top-25 are all listed in the 1650 freestyle. Kevin Quinn ranks 19th (16:03.52), Lorant Divald ranks 21st (16:07.70) and Hunter McCallister ranks 22nd (16:10.68). The men's 400 FR ranks 20th (3:04.23).

NCAA QUALIFIERS: Washington's women's team has posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in eight events this season. Junior Sharon Olson has posted NCAA B cut times in the 100-yard freestyle (51.27), 200 freestyle (1:49.30), 500 freestyle (4:51.05) and 200 IM (2:03.03). Freshman Caitlyn Shortt has tallied NCAA B cut times in the 200 breaststoke (2:16.58), 200 IM (2:03.30) and 400 IM (4:20.34) events. Freshman Jessica Buchanan logged a provisional qualifying time in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.48).

WOMEN PLACE SECOND AT SMU CLASSIC: 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 DEFEAT UBC: 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.

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 59-23 men's dual meet record and a 67-24 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.