Men's Swimming Breaks Two School Records In Day Two Of The Pac-10 Championships

March 8, 2002

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The University of Washington men's swimming team broke two school records, but remain in sixth place after the second day of the Pac-10 championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Six different Husky swimmers advanced to the consolation finals in four total individual events to help the team finish the evening with 98 points.

The UW opened Friday's evening session with a sixth-place finish in the 200 medley relay, but it was actually the team's 'B' squad (non-scoring), that ended up recording one of the two school records. The 'B' relay of sophomores Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.), Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.) and Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), along with junior Piotr Daranowski (Lodz, Poland) touched in a time of 1:30.30, to break the old mark of 1:30.88 set at last year's Pac-10 meet.

Adrian, meanwhile, was also a part of a second school record, as the 6-6 sophomore broke his own UW record in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA provisional time of 48.37. Adrian, who would later place 13th (48.38) in the finals of the 100 fly, set the previous fastest time of 49.43 at last year's Pac-10s.

The Huskies added another 13th-place finish in the next event when freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.) completed the 200 freestyle in 1:39.73. Earlier in the day, Wolfe recorded his second NCAA B time of the meet, finishing his preliminary heat in 1:38.90 to rank him fourth-fastest in school history. On Thursday, Wolfe was the only UW swimmer to advance to the consolation finals, finishing 16th in an NCAA B time of 4:27.47 in the 500 free.

UW senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.) finished 15 overall in the 100 backstroke in 50.12, one day after breaking his own school record in the event by leading off the team's 400 medley relay with a 100-yard backstroke time of 49.69. Rose also swam a career-best 50.02 in the 100 backstroke to place 17th.

The Huskies wrapped up the day's competition with a fifth place in the 800 freestyle relay (6:40.56). Adrian led-off the relay with his second NCAA B time of the day, finishing his 200-yard leg in 1:38.92, before giving way to teammates Wolfe, Moilanen and junior Jeff Hyman (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Other UW swimmers to advance to the consolation finals (top 16) included senior Ryan Oleson (McMinnville, Ore.) in the 100 fly (15th - 49.18) and Ekhoff (14th - 57.07) and sophomore Jesse Nitz (15th - 57.19 - Puyallup, Wash.) in the 100 breaststroke.

The Washington men's swimming team wrap up competition at the 2002 Pac-10 championships Saturday with preliminaries set for 11 a.m., and finals slated to start at 6 p.m.

Pac-10 Team Scores After Day Two
1. Stanford 637
2. Cal 468.5
3. Arizona 398.5
4. USC 384
5. Arizona St. 293
6. Washington 98

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