Swimmers Fall Just Short Against Nationally-Ranked Cal

Oct. 30, 2008

Complete Results

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington men's swimming team lost for the first time this season, falling to 5-1 overall and 0-1 in Pac-10 with a 143-119 loss at No. 7 California Thursday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The women also fell to the Golden Bears - ranked No. 5 in the country - 137-119, dropping to 5-3, 0-1.

The men won six individual races while the women won five individual races and two relays. The UW women also saw strong performances by their talented freshman class, two of which moved into the top-10 charts in just their third collegiate meet. Cal's men's team, which had three Olympians competing on Thursday, won eight of 14 races.

The men were led by senior Scott Spansail, who emerged victorious in both distance free events, while sophomore Andre Blyth won the 100 and 200 fly events. Seniors Jon Banker and Evan Bernier made it a Husky sweep in the backstroke, with Banker capturing the 200 back and Bernier winning the 100 back.

Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.) won the 1000 free in a time of 9:21.88 and later finished first in the 500 free in a time of 4:30.47. Junior Jereme Barnett-Woods (Irvine, Calif.) finished just behind Spansail in the 500 free in 4:36.93.

Blyth (Englewood, Colo.) won the 200 fly in a time of 1:48.76, just ahead of teammate Erez Fern (Herzelia, Israel), who finished second in 1:51.37. Blyth later took home the 100 fly in 50.00.

In the 100 back, Bernier came out ahead in a time of 49.94 while Banker finished third in 50.99. Banker earned his victory in the 200 back, winning in a time of 1:49.19.

Junior David Bai (Kent, Wash.) had two second-place finishes on the day, in the 200 free (1:40.51) and 100 free (45.80). Yonatan Cohen (Neve-Monoson-Yahud, Israel), also finished second in the 200 breast in 2:06.39. Banker finished second in the 200 IM in 1:53.46.

On the women's side, senior Genevieve Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.) won two races for the Huskies and freshman Hannah Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) captured one as well.

Patterson was the winner of the 100 breast, finishing in a time of 1:03.10, and 200 breast, which she finished in a time of 2:18.90.

Ross impressed with a win in the 100 back in a career-best time of 56.62 which ranks 10th all time in school history. Ross also finished second in the 200 back in 2:01.45, a time that ranks seventh all time at UW.

UW women swept the top three spots in the 200 fly as senior Marisa Chang (Orinda, Calif.) took first in a time of 55.98, followed by senior Shandra Case (Austin, Texas) in 58.55 and freshman Danielle Gong (Campbell, Calif.) in 58.96.

The Huskies also swept the top three positions in the 200 IM as sisters Danielle and Jen Gong went 1-2 in the race. The freshman Danielle moved into the Husky record books by winning in a time of 2:03.70, the eighth-fastest time in school history. Sister, Jen, finished right behind her in 2:05.24, while Patterson finished third in 2:08.89.

UW also won the 400 medley relay, led by Ross, Patterson, Chang and Lindsey Sharp, who finished in a time of 3:44.93, as well as the 200 free relay, in which Sharp, Emilee Jennings, Ally Rich and Amelia Messegee finished in 1:34.93.

Sophomore Ashley Daly (Seattle) finished second in the 1000 free in 10:05.74, setting a career best and moving up to No. 8 in the all-time record books at UW. The senior Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.), meanwhile, had two runner-up finishes for UW, taking second in the 50 free in 23.71 and the 100 free in 51.27.

UW makes the short drive to Palo Alto on Friday to take on No. 3 Stanford at 2 p.m.

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