Huskies Continue Competition at the Pac-10 Championships with Two School Records

March 3, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif.- The Washington men's swim team continued competition at the Pac-10 Championships on Thursday with a strong outing. Bruno Barbic led the way for the Huskies in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing with an NCAA B-cut time of 19.81. Barbic's time crushed his own school record, which was set at the Husky Invitational earlier this year (20.11). His time was also good enough to earn him first place in the consolation final and seventh place overall, earning Washington 12 points.

Barbic nearly broke the record again later on that evening, swimming the first leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay in 19.82. Along with teammates Ivan Perhat, Peter Wicklund and Jared Osborne, the Huskies set a new school record with an overall time of 1:21.22 and took sixth overall in the event, earning Washington an additional 26 points.

In the other Husky squad that swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay (Dowdy, Diogo Bezerra, Taylor Brugh and Henry Hudson) Brenton Dowdy set a lifetime best time on the first leg with a time of 21.54.

Wicklund finished third in the bonus final of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.82, earning him 19th overall in the event. Teammate Jim Wolfe finished right behind him with a time of 4:33.41, but it was Lorant Divald who took the highest overall place for the Huskies due to his higher placing in the preliminaries (4:28.11) in 16th overall (4:32.42 in the consolation final).

Brett Lungaard took first place in the bonus final of the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:50.28, earning him 19th overall in the race. Fellow Husky Craig Gillis finished a few spots behind him in the bonus final (fourth) with a time of 1:51.31.

The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow with the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay in Long Beach, Calif.

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