Huskies Open Strong At Pac-10 Championships

March 2, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington men's swimming team had a strong showing in the opening night of the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, posting two NCAA consideration times and a season-best time.

The Huskies relied on their youth in the 200 medley relay as freshmen Peter Wicklund, Pat Penoyar and Bruno Barbic combined with sophomore Jared Osborne to finish fifth with a time of 1:30.83. The time marked the fastest of the season for the UW men, besting a 1:33.28 time at the Husky Invitational in December.

Wicklund led off the event, recording a lifetime best of 51.42 in the 100 backstroke. The time marked the second-fastest this season for Washington.

The Huskies also notched a fifth place finish in the 800 freestyle relay behind the efforts of Barbic, Lorant Divald, Jim Wolfe and Wicklund. The four posted a NCAA B cut time of 6:33.21 to fall less than one second off the school record (6:32.54). The swim marked the fastest of the season for UW.

Barbic led off the event with a time of 1:38.67 in the first 200 yards marking the sixth fastest time in Washington history. The time was also fastest enough to be a NCAA provisional qualifier.

Osborne swam the leadoff leg of the UW exhibition team in the 800 freestyle relay and swam a personal season-best time of 1:44.43 through the first 200-yards.

The Huskies sit in fifth place overall with 56 points. Stanford is in the lead with 80 points, followed by California and Arizona in a tie for second with 66 points and Southern California in fourth with 60 points. Arizona State is in sixth place with 26 points after being disqualified in the 200 medley relay.

The meet continues tomorrow with four events, including the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay.

Wicklund is Washington's top performer in the 500 freestyle, holding the 15th seed with a time of 4:28.91. Freshman Bret Lundgaard is seeded 22nd in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.44, while Barbic is seeded ninth in the 50 freestyle with a school record time of 20.11. Both Wicklund and Lundgaard's times are just out of the UW all-time top-10 lists.