UW Women Swim By Purdue; Husky Men and Women Lose to ASU

Jan. 6, 2008


TEMPE, Ariz. - In her first action of the season, junior transfer Genevieve Patterson placed first in two events and also helped the 200 medley relay team to a first place finish to lead the Washington women's swimming team past Purdue, 158.5-102.5, in a non-conference dual meet on Saturday. Also Saturday, the UW men and women dropped a pair of Pac-10 dual meets to Arizona State.

The ASU men narrowly defeated the UW, 149-130, while the Sun Devil woman knocked off the Huskies, 176-111.

Patterson, a transfer from the University of California, took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.39) and 200 breast (2:19.55) in her first meet of the season for the UW after sitting out the mandatory one-year waiting period due to NCAA transfer regulations. She also teamed up with Maggie Bever, Erin Campbell and Emilee Jennings for a first place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:43.72).

'It was a great start to her career at Washington,' said Huskies head coach Whitney Hite. 'Genevieve performed really well yesterday.'

Four women's teams actually swam on Saturday (ASU, Oregon State, Purdue and Washington) but the Huskies results were scored as separate dual meet competitions against ASU and Purdue. On the men's side, just ASU and Washington competed.

Jessica Buchanan was narrowly edged by Patterson in the 200 breast, taking second in a time of 2:19.65. Jennifer Gong was the only other UW woman to place second in an event, swimming a 2:05.91 in the 200 individual medley.

Marisa Chang took home a pair of third place finishes, swimming a 57.45 in the 100 butterfly and a 2:05.68 in the 200 fly.

Also for the UW women, Petra Radovic was third in the 200 freestyle (1:52.91) and Liz Johnson was third in the 500 free (5:02.86).

'For the girls it was tough for them these past two duals not being at full strength,' said Hite referring to the absence of their top female swimmer, Ariana Kukors, who stayed in Seattle to train with the King Aquatic Club as she prepares for the 2008 Olympics. 'But they rebounded well from their loss to Arizona and were much better yesterday against ASU and Purdue.'

For the Husky men, Evan Bernier and Ivan Perhat both had an outstanding meet against the Sun Devils. Bernier swam the fifth-fastest time in UW history in winning the 100 backstroke (50.09) and also took first in the 500 free in a time of 4:38.80. Perhat, meanwhile, placed first in the 50 free (20.60) and 100 free (45.32).

The duo also combined with David Bai and Brenton Dowdy to swim a 1:22.37 in winning the 200 freestyle relay.

Russ Mahan had a first place finish in the 100 breast (57.02) and a third place finish in the 200 breast (2:07.81) for the Huskies, while Erez Fern took first in the 200 fly (1:50.37).

Yonatan Cohen and Jon Banker each had three top-three finishes for the Huskies. Cohen had a pair of second place finishes in the 100 breast (57.65) and 200 breast (2:06.03) and also took third in the 200 IM (1:54.38), and Banker took second in the 200 IM (1:54.14) and third in the 100 back (52.21) and 200 back (1:52.81).

Also for the UW men, Henry Hudson added a second place finish in the 200 back (1:52.32) and a third place finish in the 1000 free (9:44.33), and Jereme Barnett-Woods placed second in the 1000 free (9:39.79).

Bai in the 200 free (1:42.03), Andre Blyth in the 200 fly (1:51.45), Bret Lundgaard in the 100 fly (50.83) and Niko Micin in the 500 free (4:45.42) all had third place finishes for the Huskies.

'The men came really close to winning and took a big step forward,' said Hite. 'They stepped up yesterday and I'm very proud of the way they competed. Obviously, Ivan and Evan were stars today for us.'

The UW men are now 3-6 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10, while the UW women are 5-4 overall and 0-4 in Pac-10 dual meets. The men host BYU this Friday at 12 p.m. at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. On Saturday, the UW men host UC Davis and the Husky women host Idaho. That meet is scheduled for 6 p.m., also in Federal Way.

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