Washington Places Sixth At Pac-10 Swimming And Diving Championships

March 6, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif.- The 17th-ranked Washington men's swimming team finished in sixth place at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships this evening with 299 points. The Husky seniors had strong performances on the final night of competition, combining for three school records.

Senior Phil Davis's first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke was the swim of the night as his time of 1:54.45 set a Pac-10 record, a school record, was a NCAA automatic qualifier and marked the fastest swim in the country this season. His swim eclipsed the previous conference record of 1:54.70 set by Stanford's Michael Bruce in 2002. Davis, who won the 100 breaststroke last night, becomes the first double-Pac-10 Champion since 1978.

Senior Derek Rose placed 14th in the 100 freestyle in a time of 44.68. His preliminary mark of 44.35 set a Husky record and was a NCAA provisional qualifying time.

The 400 freestyle relay team of senior Justin Adrian, Rose, junior Jim Wolfe and senior Luke Ekhoff placed fourth in a time of 2:58.15. The mark eclipsed the previous school record by nearly two seconds and was a NCAA 'B' cut.

Senior John Lyssand posted Washington's top finish in the 1650 freestyle, placing sixth in a time of 15:22.64, which was a NCAA provisional qualifier.

Other notable swims came from juniors Diogo Bezerra and Craig Gillis. Bezerra placed 12th in the 200 backstroke (1:49.27) and Gillis won the 200 butterfly bonus consolation final in a time of 1:55.63.

TEAM SCORES: 1. Stanford, 866.5; 2. California, 773; 3. Arizona, 522.5; 4. USC, 505; 5. Arizona State, 407; 6. Washington, 299.

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