Husky Swimmers Re-Writing Record Books

Nov. 25, 2008

The University of Washington swim team looks headed for a banner year, as records are already starting to fall and be challenged on both the men's and the women's teams.

Head coach Whitney Hite is in his third year at the helm of the Husky swim program and after leading the women's team to a program-best 12th-place finished at NCAAs last season, Hite and the Huskies are hungry for more.

The team is off to a good start this season, led by a mix of veterans and rookies. Last weekend the team got a good test as they not only faced a tough field in the Art Adamson Invitational, they also swam in the same pool where many aspire to swim again in March at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.

Three UW swimmers posted NCAA B times over the weekend, meaning they will earn consideration to qualify for March's NCAA finals. Senior Scott Spansail earned a B time for the men in the 1650 free, finishing in 15 minutes, 8.9 seconds, which also set a new school record. That time smashed the old school record of 15:13.95.

The women had two swimmers post B times - senior Genevieve Patterson and junior Erin Campbell, both of whom were All-Americans in 2007-08. Campbell earned NCAA consideration in two events, the 100 back and 200 back, as she was clocked at 54.94 in the prelims of the 100 back and 1:57.07 in the 200 back prelims. Patterson, meanwhile, earned NCAA consideration in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.59 in the prelims.

Campbell and Spansail were also two of eight Husky swimmers who moved up or into the UW record books over the weekend. In addition to Spansail's record-setting 1650 free time, he also moved up to No. 5 all time in the 1000 free in Friday's dual meet against Texas, during which he swam a time of 9:10.86.

Fellow senior Jon Banker moved up to No. 3 all time in the 100 back, meanwhile, posting a time of 49.28 to finish third in College Station.

The women had five different swimmers move up the charts, including three freshmen. Hannah Ross continued to be a force in her rookie campaign, moving up to No. 4 in the 100 back with a prelim time of 55.28 at the Art Adamson Invitational while moving up to No. 6 in the 200 back, swimming a time of 2:00.81 against Texas to finish second.

Two other freshman etched their names in the history books, with Kelly Flynn improving on her time in the 200 free, getting clocked at 1:50.38 at the prelims in College Station to move up to No. 8. Danielle Gong, meanwhile, moved up to No. 8 in the 400 IM, with a time of 4:22.14. She also sits eighth all-time in the 200 IM, having clocked a time of 2:03.70 earlier this season against Cal.

In addition to her NCAA qualifying times, Campbell also moved into the charts in the 100 free, swimming a 51.01 relay split to move into the No. 10 spot. Sophomore Ashley Daly moved up to No. 6 in the 1650 free with a time of 16:47.08, also the sixth-fastest time in the field at the Art Adamson Invitational. She also held firm at No. 8 in the record books in the 1000 free but improved her time to 10:05.25.Finally, All-American junior Petra Radovic moved into ninth on the all-time 1650 free charts, swimming a time of 16:51.56.

The Huskies host their biggest event of the season, the Husky Invitational, Dec. 4-6, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Club in Federal Way. Preliminaries will take place all three days at 9:30 a.m. followed by the finals at 6 p.m. each night.

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