Husky Swimming Defeats Pacific
Oct. 15, 2005
SEATTLE- The Washington men's and women's swimming teams earned victories against the Pacific Tigers on Saturday, with the men winning by a score of 146-109 and the women winning by a score of 147-109. The men won eight out of 14 events, while the women won seven.
'I think that every week we are taking some steps forward,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'In some cases they might be baby steps, but I think that we are heading in the right direction. Across the board, everyone is improving in the areas that we have been focusing on. We are on to some really good things, but there is no question that we still have a long way to go.'
Bruno Barbic led the way for the men, winning three events with first place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.28), 100 free (46.58) and 200 free (1:44.13). All three times were the fastest by any Husky this season.
Freshman Scott Spansail, a San Clemente, Calif. native, had another successful day winning two events, the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.19) and the 1000-yard freestyle (9:44.80).
'Our men were good in spots today,' says Wender. 'Spansail did well and he is a real competitor. He has surprised me this year in terms of what he has been able to do for us.'
For the women it was sophomore Caitlyn Shortt leading the way for the Huskies. Shortt had first place finishes in the 100 (1:05.23) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.12), and the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.87). Her time in the 100 breast ties her fastest time of the season.
'Caitlyn Shortt had a great day,' said Wender. 'She is our work horse and we always ask her to do a lot of things for us.'
'We learned a lot of things today that are going to help us next week. We have a very competitive schedule coming up with the women at SMU next week and Texas A&M coming in here the following week. We are going to be challenged and I think that we are ahead of where we were at this point last year.'
The Huskies are back in action on October 21, when the women head to Dallas, Texas for the SMU Classic. The men don't compete again until the Big West Shootout on November 4.