Men's Swimming Set To Host Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2006

SEATTLE-- The Washington's men's swimming team will compete at the Pacific-10 Swimming and Diving Championships this week in Federal Way at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. The meet will run Wednesday through Saturday, March 1-4 with preliminary races beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m. Washington is hosing the event.

Six Pac-10 schools will battle it out for the Pac-10 title, including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC and Washington.

The Huskies who are 6-6 on the season, will be up against some stiff competition as all five of its conference opponents are ranked among the top-25 with four schools ranked among the top-six teams in the nation. Stanford holds top-billing, followed by No. 3 California, No. 4 USC, No. 6 Arizona and No. 25 Arizona State.

Event results will be posted on the Pac-10's web site (www.pac-10.org), as well as on UW's web site (www.gohuskies.com).

Washington will look to sophomores Bruno Barbic and Ivan Perhat to anchor the sprint freestylers. Barbic, a 2005 NCAA competitor, set UW records in the 50 freestyle (19.81) and 100 freestyle (43.43) at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships and was a member, also with Perhat, of the record-setting 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the conference meet. Barbic also ranked seventh all-time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.62 set at last year's Pac-10 meet.

Perhat swam the fourth-fastest time in program history in the 100 freestyle (45.62) at the Husky Invitational in December and swam the sixth-fastest time in the 50 freestyle (20.66) at earlier this season at Arizona.

Freshman Scott Spansail headlines Washington's distance freestylers, holding UW's top-times this season in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Spansail ranks seventh on the Huskies' all-time list in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:25.14 posted vs. Hawaii. He ranks 10th all-time in the 1000 freestyle with a mark of 9:18.91 against Arizona. Spansail's best time in the 1650 freestyle (15:37.47) is just out of the UW top-10, as well (16:35.90). His top-time in the 200 backstroke (1:48.91), posted vs. Hawaii, is the sixth-fastest in Washington history.

Sophomore Taylor Brugh leads the backstrokers, with the team's fastest time of the season in the 100 back and second-fastest in the 200 back behind Spansail. Brugh swam the team's third-fastest time ever in the 100 backstroke (49.84) and ninth-fastest in the 200 backstroke (1:49.71) at the Husky Invitational in December.

Senior Kurt Hardesty is also expected to be a contributor in the backstroke events and ranks sixth on the UW all-time list in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.60 at the Husky Invitational.

Sophomore Pat Penoyar is the Husky to watch in the breaststroke events. Penoyar ranks seventh in UW history in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.27 at the Husky Invitational. His time of 2:02.45 at Hawaii earlier this month is the ninth-fastest in program history.

Sophomore Bret Lundgaard is Washington's top swimmer in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, posting three top-10 swims at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. Lundgaard ranks third in the 200 butterfly (1:48.03), sixth in the 100 butterfly (48.87) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:58.28).

Last season, Washington finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with 224 points. Stanford won the meet with 932.5 points, followed by California (883), USC (579), Arizona (450) and Arizona State (311.5).

Two UW seniors will be swimming in their final conference championship, including Hardesty and Ryan Kastl.

Order of Events
Wednesday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)
200 Medley Relay800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)500 Freestyle200 Individual Medley50 Freestyle200 Freestyle Relay
Thursday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)500 Freestyle200 Individual Medley50 Freestyle200 Freestyle Relay
Friday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)400 Individual Medley100 Butterfly200 Freestyle100 Breaststroke100 Backstroke400 Medley Relay
Friday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)400 Individual Medley100 Butterfly200 Freestyle100 Breaststroke100 Backstroke400 Medley Relay
Saturday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)200 Backstroke100 Freestyle200 Breaststroke200 Butterfly400 Freestyle Relay1650 Freestyle (time final, all but final heat)
Saturday Evening Finals (6:00 p.m.)1650 Freestyle200 Backstroke100 Freestyle200 Breaststroke200 Butterfly400 Freestyle Relay

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