Huskies Pick Up Big Dual Meet Wins At USC

Jan. 25, 2008


LOS ANGELES - Behind two school records and three other school all-time top-10 performances, the University of Washington men and women swept USC on Friday afternoon in a Pac-10 swimming dual meet.

Calling it his biggest dual meet win during his two years in Seattle, Huskies head coach Whitney Hite praised the efforts of his swimmers in picking up the school's first win over the Trojans in more than a decade.

'It is easily the biggest dual meet win in my time at Washington,' said Hite. 'Top to bottom we swam very well. We have been waiting to take a big step forward and today we took that step.'

The Husky men knocked off USC, 139-118, while the UW women were victorious by a score of 144-117.

Freshman sensation Ariana Kukors, who trains locally with the King Aquatic Club, set her sixth school record after winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:59.95, which was also an NCAA 'B' qualifying time.

Kukors picked up two more wins for the Huskies, winning the 200 individual medley in an NCAA 'A' time of 1:59.70, and the 200 backstroke in an NCAA 'B' time of 1:59.60.

Junior transfer Genevieve Patterson also set a new UW record, taking second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.25. Patterson also had a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, swimming the fifth-fastest time in UW history (2:16.07).

On the men's side, junior transfer Evan Bernier won the 100 freestyle in a time of 44.97, which is the fifth-fastest in Husky swimming history, while also winning the 200 freestyle in a UW season-best time of 1:39.50.

Russ Mahan and Andre Blyth also cracked the UW Men's Career Top-10 list on the day. Mahan won the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA 'B' time of 54.98, good for No. 3 all-time, while Blyth swam the fifth-fastest time in school history in winning the 200 butterfly (1:48.20). Blyth earlier took second in the 200 butterfly (49.79).

Scott Spansail added a pair of wins for the Husky men, winning the 500 freestyle (4:31.32) and 1000 freestyle (9.22.38).

Also for the UW men, Taylor Brugh won the 100 backstroke (50.49) and took second in the 200 backstroke (1:50.80), and Yonatan Cohen won the 200 breaststroke (2:04.31) and took second in the 100 breaststroke (56.35),

Placing second for the UW men were Ivan Perhat in the 50 freestyle (20.65) and 100 freestyle (45.05), Ben Aaberg in the 200 freestyle (1:41.34) and Jon Banker in the 100 backstroke (51.12).

Bernier, Mahan and Perhat teammed up with Brenton Dowdy to swim a UW season-best in the 200 medley relay, winning the event in a time of 1:30.67.

On the women's side, Erin Campbell was a double-winner for the Huskies, winning the 100 backstroke (55.85) and 100 butterfly (54.43). Both of her times were NCAA 'B' qualifying times.

Lindsey Sharp added a win in the 50 freestyle (24.16) and a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.70), and Kim Jasmer had second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:51.67) and 500 freestyle (4:54.66).

Emilee Jennings also had a second-place finish for the UW, narrowly losing to Sharp in the 50 freestyle (24.27).

Jasmer, Sharp, Campbell and Bever teammed for a win the 400 freestyle relay, while Kukors, Patterson, Campbell and Jasmer won the 200 medley relay for Washington.

The Husky men upped their record to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while the UW women are now 8-4 overall and 2-4 in conference dual meets.

Both teams swim tomorrow at Cal State Northridge. Meet time is set for 11 a.m.

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