Husky Swimmers finish with astonishing performances at the Husky Invitational

Dec. 5, 2004

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- The 56th annual Husky Invitational concluded today with some strong Husky performances. For the men, seven Washington swimmers placed in the top three or higher, while two school records were broken. The 24th ranked women, who had five swimmers finish in the top three, also produced a huge upset over 10th ranked UCLA.

Bruno Barbic lead the way for the men by breaking the school record time in the 100-yard freestyle, placing first with a time of 44.14. Barbic shattered the previous record of 44.35 set at the Pac-10 Championships last year, held by former Husky Derek Rose. He also helped guide the 400-yard medley relay team which included teammates Jared Osborne, Peter Wicklund, and Jim Wolfe to a first place finish and school record time of 3:03.35, breaking the record by over ten seconds (3:13.49).

Diogo Bezerra also earned a first place finish and season high time of 1:47.99 in the 200-yard backstroke in an event that featured a sweep of Husky players. Taylor Brugh (1:51.40) and Henry Hudson (1:51.47) placed second and third respectively. Other strong performances by the men included a second place finish and season-high time of 2:04.30 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Bret Lundgaard also placed second in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a season-high time of 1:58.58.

On the women's side, the 400-yard free relay team consisting of Caitlyn Shortt, Rachel Seely, Brittany Epperson and Sharon Olson upset a 10th ranked UCLA squad swimming with a time of 3:25.70. This marks the fastest time that this event has been swam so far this season and fastest time posted in two years for a Washington team in this event.

Anissa Hilyard took first in the 200-yard butterfly with a season-high time of 2:02.55. Other solid performances came from Shortt, who finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.22) and by Sharon Olson, who placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (50.85). Desiree Johnson also placed third in the 200-yard backstroke by swimming the fourth-fastest time in school history at 2:01.77.

The Huskies now enjoy a break from competition that will last nearly a month. Both the men and women travel to San Diego on January 2 to take on the University of San Diego (12PM Pacific Time).