Huskies In Sixth After Day Two Of Pac-10 Championships

March 2, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash-- The Washington men's swimming team posted 12 lifetime-best swims Thursday at the Pac-10 Championships and currently sits in sixth place. Stanford, the 24-time defending Pac-10 Champion, is in first place with 320 points, followed by California (265), Arizona (191), USC (165), Arizona State (124) and UW (58).

The Huskies took a hit in the points category Thursday, when it forfeited the three-meter diving event, while the other school's collected between 20-41 points. Washington does not field a diving program and will also forfeit points Friday in the one-meter dive and Saturday in the platform event.

UW did, however, have some success in the water with the highlight of the day coming when sophomore Bruno Barbic won the bonus final and placed 13th overall in the 50 freestyle to earn four points. His time of 19.90 was an NCAA 'B' standard and marked the second-fastest in UW history behind his own school record of 19.81, set at last year's conference championship.

Sophomore Bret Lundgaard posted the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 200 IM preliminary with a time of 1:50.00, just missing out on the NCAA 'B' standard of 1:49.89.

The Huskies earned 32 points in the 200 freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1:21.30. Barbic, Ivan Perhat, Jared Osborne and Bret Lundgaard combined for the fifth place swim and fell just shy of the school record time of 1:21.22 set at the 2005 Pac-10 meet.

Also swimming well for the Huskies was freshman Jon Banker who placed 23rd in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.77. His preliminary time of 1:51.42 was a personal best.

'It was a very good day for us,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Today's events were not our best individual events for any athlete on the team so I think we are in good position to move forward. The majority of our swims were lifetime bests, including 12 of 18 swims, and we had four IM-ers miss out on lifetime bests by a combined .90, which means we're right there. We had some really great breakthroughs, Bret's IM to put him No. 5 on the all-time list was a really good swim, Jon Banker almost got himself onto the top-10 list and improved over two seconds in his 200 IM. We had a lot of good drops, a lot of good improvements and there will be a lot of good events for us tomorrow.'

Washington will look to narrow the gap between itself and ASU Friday when it competes in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Action continues at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatics Center with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Team Standings 1. Stanford 3202. California 2653. Arizona 1914. USC 1655. Arizona State 1246. Washington 58

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