Men's Swimming Opens Pac-10 Championships

March 1, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The Huskies are in sixth place after the first night of competition at the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships. Washington's 200y medley relay team was disqualified in the opening event after Pat Penoyar left the blocks early on the second leg. The Huskies battled back to pick up 26 points in the 800y freestyle relay with a sixth place finish.

The 800y freestyle relay team, comprised of Bruno Barbic, Henry Hudson, Niko Micin and Ivan Perhat, posted a time of 6:38.42, which is just off the NCAA 'B' standard time of 6:37.66. Barbic's 200y leadoff time of 1:38.81 was a season-best for Washington.

California and Arizona are tied for first place after the first two events with 74 points, followed by Stanford in third (64 points), USC (60) and Arizona State (56).

'What a disappointing way to start the meet with the disqualification in the medley relay,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'The only saving grace on that is that the splits were exceptional. It's a night and day difference from what they've ever done before in any of their races so it's a good sign of what's to come in the meet. I think tonight really puts a damper on our competitive expectation in terms of points. That was a lot of points that we just lost but we're moving on and I know Pat's learned from it and he won't do it again and we'll do better.'

A bright spot for the Huskies was Mason Amick's time trial swim in the 100y butterfly. His time of 48.79 was the fifth-fastest in program history.

The Huskies will look to make up some ground in the point totals Thursday when action continues with the 500y freestyle, 200y individual medley, 50y freestyle and 200 freestyle relay.

Freshman Scott Spansail is Washington's top swimmer in the 500y freestyle with a time of 4:25.14, which ranks seventh on the UW all-time list. He is seeded 11th in the event and has already recorded an NCAA 'B' standard but is fighting a case of Mononucleosis. Sophomore Bret Lundgaard is seeded 15th in the 200y IM with a time of 1:50.62. Last season, Lundgaard posted the seventh-fastest time in school history in the event at the Pac-10 Championships. Barbic, the school-record-holder in the 50y freestyle, is seeded 16th with a time of 20.49.

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