Huskies Earn Dual Meet Victories Over Arizona State
Jan. 3, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Washington men's and women's swim teams each earned dual meet victories over Arizona State Saturday, improving their records this season to 8-4 and 8-6, respectively. The men defeated the Sun Devils, 127-98, while the women squeaked by, 144-143.
The day started off on the right note for the Husky women, who won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:43.15. Freshman Hannah Ross (Pocatello, Idaho) led off the relay and was followed in the pool by senior Genevieve Patterson (Vancouver, Wash.), junior Erin Campbell (Chandler, Ariz.) and sophomore Emilee Jennings (Des Moines, Wash.). The meet was not decided until the final race of the day when the women won the 400 free relay, securing enough points when their 'A' team won the race in 3:26.79, with freshmen Amelia Messegee (Centralia, Wash.) and Kelly Flynn (Des Moines, Wash.), Jennings and senior Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.) edging the Sun Devils.
The men also won their first race in the 400 medley relay to set the tone for the rest of the day, winning the race in 3:22.94. Seniors Jon Banker (Canon City, Colo.) and Yonatan Cohen (Neve-Monoson-Yahud, Israel), sophomore Andre Blyth (Englewood, Colo.) and junior David Bai (Kent, Wash.) brought home the win. The Huskies capped the day with a win in 400 free relay, led by senior Evan Bernier (Woodinville, Wash.), sophomore Ben Aaberg (Tucson, Ariz.), Bai and senior Scott Spansail (San Clemente, Calif.).
From that point, the men cruised to a dominating day, winning nine of 11 races. UW women won nine out of 14 races.
Spansail and sophomore Jereme Barnett-Woods (Irvine, Calif.) finished 1-2 in both the 500 and 1000 free. In the 1000 free, Spansail, ranked No. 1 in the country in the event, finished in a time of 9:32.57 while Barnett-Woods swam the race in 9:39.58. In the 500 free, Spansail was clocked at 4:33.77 while Barnett-Woods finished in 4:38.02.
Another 1-2 finish for the Huskies came in the 200 breast, where Cohen won in 2:06.95 while junior Andrew Nguyen (La Canada, Calif.) was second in 2:15.82.
Bernier scored victories for the second straight day in both the 50 and 100 free, this time getting clocked at 20.66 in the 50 and 45.31 in the 100. Aaberg was second in 100 free 46.55
Other winners for the men were Blyth, who won the 200 fly in 1:49.71, and Banker, who was first in the 200 IM in 1:53.85.
For the women, sophomore Ashley Daly (Seattle) won the 1000 free for the second consecutive day, finishing in a time of 10:10.70. She also captured the 500 free, finishing in 4:58.55, edging senior teammate Petra Radovic (Zagreb, Croatia), who was second in 5:00.04.
Ross and Campbell placed 1-2 in the 100 back, in times of 56.01 and 56.55, respectively, then traded spots in the 200 back with Campbell winning in 2:00.35 and Ross taking second in 2:00.68. Campbell also won the 100 fly in 55.39.
Also winning races were Patterson, who won the 100 breast in 1:03.97, and junior Jen Gong (Campbell, Calif.), who won the 200 IM in 2:03.52.
Messegee finished second in the 200 free in 1:51.82 while Sharp was second in the 100 free in 51.77 to give the Huskies some much-needed points.
The UW men are off for two weeks while the women will travel to Corvallis, Ore., next week to take on the Beavers Saturday, Jan. 10. Both teams will be back in the pool when they host their final home dual meet of the season, taking on Minnesota, Saturday, Jan. 17, at Noon at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.