Washington Swimming Defeats UC San Diego

Jan. 2, 2005

SAN DIEGO-- The Washington swimming teams closed out a seven day training camp at the Marine Corp Air Station in Miramar, Calif., with a dual meet against division II powerhouse UC San Diego. The Husky men defeated the second-ranked Tritons 151.5-105.5, while the UW women handed third-ranked UCSD a 157-97 loss. Washington's men improve to a 6-1 dual meet record, while the women move to 8-1 on the year.

The men's team was led by seniors Diogo Bezerra and Lorant Divald and freshman Bruno Barbic with two individual victories apiece.

Bezerra swept the backstroke events with a time of 52.54 in the 100 and 1:52.24 in the 200 backstroke.

Divald handled the distance freestyle events, winning the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:39.67 and shaved more than 20 seconds off his personal best in the1000 freestyle with a time of 9:40.93.

Barbic tallied first place finishes in the 50 (21.67) and 100 freestyles (46.88).

Freshman Jake Salaz and sophomore Jared Osborne also won events for Washington. Salaz' time of 2:08.15 in the 200 breaststroke marks the fastest time of the season for the Huskies. Osborne won the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.34.

The women's team was led by senior co-captain Desiree Johnson and junior Sharon Olson with four victories apiece. Johnson won the 100 (58.85) and 200 backstroke (2:09.57) events, while swimming on the winning 200 medley and freestyle relays.

Olson tallied individual victories in the 100 (52.05), 500 (5:02.13) and 1000 freestyles (10:13.24) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay.Senior Anissa Hilyard won two events for the Husky women, winning the 100 (58.38) and 200 butterfly (2:06.20) events. Washington swam the 100 butterfly events as exhibition but swept the field, 1-2-3.

UW also placed 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley, another event the team swam as exhibition. Freshman Caitlin Shortt placed first in the event in a time of (2:06.61).

The Huskies also received first place finishes from Rebecca Rogers, Brittany Epperson and Jessica Buchanan. Rogers won the 200 freestyle (1:53.97), while Epperson recorded her fastest time of the season in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.13.

Buchanan won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:17.46 to rank fifth all-time on the Washington top times list.

The Huskies return to action Jan. 8 when the men take on Brigham Young in Provo, Utah at 11 a.m.

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