Bruno Barbic Breaks 50 Freestyle Record

March 3, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- Freshman Bruno Barbic became the first Washington swimmer to ever crack 20 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Barbic posted the school record time this morning in preliminary action at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Barbic, who topped his own record in the 50 freestyle, placed seventh overall and will be the top seed in tonight's consolation final. Barbic's time of 19.93 is a NCAA provisional qualifier.

Three other Husky men swam lifetime best in the 50 freestyle preliminary, including Jared Osborne (21.15), Brenton Dowdy (21.54) and Pat Penoyar (22.50).

Lorant Divald was Washington's top performer in the 500 freestyle preliminary, placing 15th with the Huskies' fastest time of the season (4:28.11). He will swim in tonight's bonus final.

All seven Husky men in the 200 IM swam lifetime bests, headlined by freshman Bret Lundgaard. Lundgaard placed 18th in this morning's preliminary with a time of 1:50.46 to rank eighth on the UW all-time list. He will swim in tonight's bonus final.

Senior Craig Gillis posted a lifetime best of 1:51.86 to fall just out of the UW top-10 list. He placed 24th in the 200 IM preliminary .

Other Huskies posting lifetime bests in the 200 IM included Ryan Kastl (1:54.36), Taylor Brugh (1:54.81), Diogo Bezerra (1:54.82), Cameron Barclift (1:55.62) and Jake Salaz (1:55.38).

Finals heats of the 50 and 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 200 freestyle relay begin tonight at 6 p.m.

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