Huskies Continue Strong Performances at the Husky Invitational

Dec. 4, 2004

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- The University of Washington's men's and women's swim teams compiled a total of eight first place wins this evening on the third day of competition at the Husky Invitational. Season-high times were set in all eight of the events.

For the women, Sharon Olson was among the top performers tonight, finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle with a season high and NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 1:48.74. Olson also teamed up Rebecca Rogers, Caitlyn Shortt, and Crystal Rawlings in the 800 yard freestyle relay placing second with a time of 7:38.97, finishing behind UCLA (7:27.79).

Desiree Johnson took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a season best time of 55.98 and second in the 100-yard butterfly with a season-high time of 56.63 ahead of Husky teammate Anissa Hilyard (56.88). She also helped Olson, Shortt, and Anissa Hilyard place first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.42), also swimming the fastest time of the year for the Huskies.

On the men's side, five Husky swimmers set season bests on the day. DiogoBezerra set a season-high in his 100-yard backstroke win, with a time of51.04. Jared Osborne won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-high 49.58, andPeter Wicklund won the 200-yard freestyle with a season-high 1:39.35.Wicklund also placed second to Bezerra in the 100-yard backstroke.

Washington dominated the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in the top threeplaces. The winning team of Wicklund, Bruno Barbic, Lorant Divald, and JimWolfe set yet another Husky season-high of 1:34.02. The men were alsovictorious in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Bezerra, Barbic, and Osbornewere joined by Jake Salaz in the season-high win, with a time of 6:41.02.

Other top finishers for the Husky men included Lorant Divald with athird-place swim in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.04), Craig Gillis with ateam-leading second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley(4:02.20), and a 2-3 finish by Jake Salaz and Ryan Kastl in the 100-yardbreaststroke.

The Husky Invitational concludes tomorrow, Dec. 5. Preliminaries begin at 8:30 a.m. and event finals will began at 4:30 p.m. The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center is located at 650 SW Campus Drive in Federal Way.