Huskies Wrap Up the Final Day of Competition at the Pac-10 Championships

March 5, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif.- The Pac-10 Championships ended today with another record breaking day for the Washington men's swim team. Diogo Bezerra shattered the school record in the 200-yard backstroke, which was held by Francis Tam (1:47.55) since 2001. Bezerra's NCAA B-cut time of 1:47.06 earned him second place in the consolation final and tenth overall. Senior Jim Wolfe also swam in the event for the Huskies, finishing one spot behind Bezerra with a lifetime best time of 1:48.05.

Bruno Barbic also had a record breaking day in the 100-yard freestyle. His NCAA B-cut time of 43.63 broke his previous school record time of 44.14, which he set earlier this year at the Husky Invitational. Barbic was one of eight swimmers to compete in the championship final, where he would take sixth place in a field of 24 swimmers and earn the Huskies 13 points.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Jake Salaz swam a season and lifetime best time of 2:01.60 in the consolation final. Salaz's time placed him third in the race and was good enough to be the third-fastest time in school history.

Brett Lungaard had a strong performance in the 200-yard butterfly by finishing with an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 1:48.03 and taking third in the consolation final. Lungaard times places him third in school history for the event, behind former Husky Jody Braden's time of 1:47.06 that was set at the NCAA Championships in 1991. Fellow Husky Mason Amick also swam in the event, taking second in the bonus final with a season and lifetime best time of 1:51.30.

Washington finished the Pac-10 Championships in sixth place, while Stanford took first overall with California taking second. The Pac-10 Invitational is on Sunday, which will give all swimmers one last chance to get an NCAA qualifying time in an effort to make it to the NCAA Championships.

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