Swimmers Head To Texas For Busy Weekend

Nov. 21, 2008

SEATTLE - After a three-week break, the University of Washington swim teams hit the pool this weekend, facing some difficult competition in the No. 1 men's and No. 4 women's teams from the University of Texas, followed by the weekend-long Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M University. The Invitational will be held at the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas, site of the 2009 NCAA Championships.

The Huskies first take on Texas in a dual meet on Friday, the alma mater of Husky head coach Whitney Hite and assistant coach Tommy Hannan, the latter of which was an NCAA champion with the Longhorns.

The meet continues a difficult stretch for the Huskies in which they have faced three-consecutive nationally ranked teams in No. 6 California, No. 3 Stanford and No. 1/4 Texas. Texas' men's team boasts a pair of Olympic gold medalists in Ricky Berens and Dave Walters, along with fellow 2008 Olympic competitor Scott Spann. The women's squad also features three Olympians.

'I am really excited about going back to Texas and having the Huskies swim against my alma mater,' Hite said. 'We're looking forward to some good races and competing at a high level. Both Texas' men's and women's teams are elite programs and we're looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the best.'

The UW men are 5-2 on the season while the women are 5-4. The women received votes in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America poll.

The Huskies have already seen solid contributions from their newcomers on the women's side, as freshmen Danielle Gong, Amelia Messegee and Hannah Ross have already posted top-10 times early in the season. Messegee already ranks No. 6 all-time in the 200 free (1:49.66) while Danielle Gong posted the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 200 IM (2:03.70). Another rookie, Hannah Ross, has broken into the top 10 in two events, the 100 back where she ranks 10th (56.62) and the 200 back where she ranks seventh (2:01.45).

The Husky women beat A&M when they last met head-to-head three years ago in Seattle, 147-115, when the Aggies were ranked No. 10.

The men have been led by their seniors as Jon Banker, Evan Bernier and Scott Spansail have all been solid so far this season. Junior David Bai has also impressed, posting the best times on the squad in the 100 and 200 free.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Huskies will compete in the Art Adamson Invitational which features a bevy of teams including No. 6 Cal, No. 17 Southern Methodist and No. 18 Michigan along with Pac-10 foes Stanford and UCLA among others.

Preliminaries take place Saturday at 10 a.m. with finals schedule for 6 p.m. On Sunday, prelims begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by finals at 4:30 p.m. Texas A&M's website will carry live scoring updates. Click here to access the site. Each night session will also be streamed live on the internet for free at Aggies All-Access by clicking here.

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