Swimmers Earn Sweep Over Seattle, British Columbia
Oct. 23, 2008
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Washington men's swimming team stay undefeated at 5-0 this season while the women improved to 5-2 as each squad defeated both Seattle University and the University of British Columbia in a dual meet Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
The men defeated Seattle, 167-85, and British Columbia, 136-125, while the women defeated Seattle, 151-97, and British Columbia, 139-111.
The men were led by junior David Bai (Kent, Wash.) who won three races in the freestyle events. Bai took first in the 50, 100 and 200 free with times of 21.38, 45.70 and 1:42.73, respectively. The men went 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 free, with sophomore Ben Aaberg (Tucson, Ariz.) finishing second in the 100 free in 46.56 and sophomore Andre Blyth (Englewood, Colo.) right behind Bai in the 200 free in 1:42.83.
UW men also took 1-2 in the 500 free and 1000 free. In the 500, junior Jereme Barnett-Woods (Irvine, Calif.) finished first in 4:40.23 and freshman Hunter Roux (Federal Way, Wash.) took second in 4:44.53. Meanwhile in the 1000, senior Scott Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.) won in a time of 9:21.22, ahead of Barnett-Woods who finished second in 9:38.14.
The women won a total of 10 races and dominated the field, taking the top three spots in six events, including placing the top four in the 200 free. A total of seven different Huskies won races, led by senior Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.), sophomore Ashley Daly (Seattle) and freshman Hannah Ross (Pocatello, Idaho), who each won two races.
Daly took both distance free events, winning the 500 in 5:01.03, just ahead of teammates Petra Radovic (Zagreb, Croatia), who finished second in 5:03.04, and Ally Rich (Hillsboro, Ore.), who was third in 5:03.60. Daly again topped Radovic in the 1000 free, finishing in 10:15.00 compared to Radovic's 10:17.86.
Sharp led the way in the sprint free races, winning the 50 in 23.84 ahead of Emilee Jennings (Des Moines, Wash.) in 24.00 and Rich in 24.59. Sharp won the 100 in 51.40, again beating out Jennings (52.28) along with freshman Amelia Messegee (53.31). Messgee would come back to win the 200 free in 1:51.13, a race in which the Huskies had the top four finishers. Messegee was followed by Rich in 1:51.99, Kelly Flynn (The Woodlands, Texas) in 1:53.46 and Danielle Gong (Campbell, Calif.) in 1:54.36.
The Husky women also had a strong showing in the backstroke events, with the freshman Ross having a big day. She won the 100 back in 56.71 just ahead of UW senior Liz Johnson (Rocklin, Calif.) who took second in 59.71. Ross then took the 200 back in 2:02.89, ahead of Johnson (2:07.12) and Jennifer Gong (Campbell, Calif.) in 2:08.11.
Other winners for the women were senior Genna Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.), who won the 100 breast in 1:03.90, senior Marisa Chang (Orinda, Calif.), who took the 100 fly in 55.97 and Flynn, who won her first collegiate race in the 200 IM in 2:08.72. The Huskies had the top three spots in the latter event, with Patterson finishing second in 2:09.70 and Jennings taking third in 2:09.94.
UW returns to the pool next week when they travel to California for their first Pac-10 dual meet of the season. The Huskies take on California on Thursday and Stanford on Friday.