Huskies Say Goodbye To Seniors Saturday In Final Home Meet

Jan. 14, 2009

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's and women's swim teams will host their final home dual meet of the season Saturday when they take on the ninth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The dual will mark the final regular-season home meet for 11 UW seniors, and the final time the six male seniors will compete in the King Count y Aquatic Center will the 'W' on their caps. The women will get another chance when they host the Pac-10 Championships Feb. 25-28.

The six senior males include three who own a combined seven school records and are in the midst of career-years for the Huskies. Captains Jon Banker, Evan Bernier and Scott Spansail have carried the team to an 8-4 dual meet record, winning a total of 30 races between them. Banker has won six races - four in the 200 IM and two each in the 100 and 200 back - while Bernier and Spansail have each won a team-high 11 races. Bernier has been the most versatile Husky, winning five times in the 50 free, twice each in the 100 free and 100 back and once each in the 200 free and 100 fly. Spansail, meanwhile, has been dominant in the distance free events, winning five times in both the 500 and 1000 free and once in the 1650 free, setting the school record in all three events.

Other Husky seniors making their final appearance at home will be Yonatan Cohen, Anthony Falaniko and Niko Micin.

The women will unofficially say goodbye to five seniors before they return to the Aquatic Center for the Pac-10 Championships. Shandra Case, Marisa Chang, Liz Johnson, Genevieve Patterson and Lindsey Sharp will all look to go out on a high note.

Patterson has been one of the leaders of the women's squad this season, winning a team-high nine races in the 100 and 200 breast, setting a school record earlier this season in the 100 breast. Sharp has also been a key for the Huskies, winning four races between the 50 and 100 free.

UW continues to face tough opponents in preparation for the all important conference and NCAA meets. Their dual against No. 9 Minnesota will mark UW's fifth meet against a top-10 team this season.

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