Men's Swimming In Sixth After Day One Of The Pac-10 Championships

March 7, 2002

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington men's swimming team is in sixth place after day one of the Pac-10 championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The Huskies finished the day with 27 team points following the conclusion of six events.

In the relay events, the Huskies were disqualified in the 200 freestyle relay and then looked to rebound in the 400 medley relay. The UW team of senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.), Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.), Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and sophomore Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) logged a sixth-place time of 3:19.29, a team season-best and just two one-hundredths of a second slower than the school record of 3:19.27, which was set at last year's conference meet.

Moilanen also broke his own school record in the 100 backstroke of 50.29, swimming the lead-off leg of the relay in 49.69, to become the first Husky swimmer to break the 50-second barrier in that event.

UW freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) provided another highlight for the Huskies, placing 16th with an NCAA B time of 4:27.47 in the 500 freestyle. Wolfe was joined in the top 20 of the 500 free by teammate sophomore John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.), who improved on his 2001 finish by one place, coming in 19th with a time of 4:29.28.

The Huskies had three swimmers reach the bonus finals of the 200 individual medley, as freshman Craig Gillis (Calgary, Alberta) took home 19th (1:52.41), Ekhoff finished 21st (1:53.86) and Adrian placed 24th (2:00.73).

The UW will be back in action Friday for day two of the three-day Pac-10 championships. The preliminaries are set for 11:00 a.m., while the finals will kick off at 6 p.m.

Meet Combined Scores
Rk. School Pts.
1. Stanford 251
2. Arizona 191.5
3. Cal 187
4. USC 179
5. Arizona State 135.5
6. Washington 27

Meet Results

200 Freestyle Relay
1. Stanford 1:17.24
- Washington DQ

500 Freestyle
1. Erik Vendt, USC 4:16.31
16. Jim Wolfe, UW 4:27.47
19. John Lyssand, UW 4:29.28

200 Individual Medley
1. Dan Trupin, STAN 1:43.83
19. Craig Gills, UW 1:52.41
21. Luke Ekhoff, UW 1:53.86
24. Justin Adrian, UW 2:00.73

50 Free
1. Roland Schoeman, ARIZ 19.36
27. Derek Rose, UW 21.03
28. James Castner, UW 21.08
29. Piotr Daranowski, UW 21.13
30. Tim Collins, UW 21.25

400 Medley Relay
1. Stanford 3:09.22
6. Washington 3:19.29

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