Huskies In Sixth After Third Day Of Pac-10's

March 3, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The Washington men's swimming team continues to sit in sixth place after the third day of competition at the Pac-10 Swimming Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. The Huskies posted 13 lifetime best swims in six events and picked up 59 points, its most of any single day so far.

Stanford has a firm hold onto first place with 600 points as the Cardinal seek their 25th consecutive Pac-10 title. California is in second place with 539 points, followed by Arizona (370), USC (351), Arizona State (225) and Washington (117).

Three Washington swimmers broke into the Huskies' top-five list, including sophomores Pat Penoyar, Bret Lundgaard and Mason Amick.

Penoyar tallied UW's best individual finish of the meet, placing eighth in the 100 breaststroke in a NCAA 'B' time of 55.39 to earn 11 points. His preliminary time of 55.10 was the third-fastest in UW history, edging out former Husky All-American Luke Ekhoff (55.11, 2003).

Lundgaard and Amick finished third and fifth in the consolation final and 11th and 13th overall. Lundgaard earned six points in the event with an NCAA 'B' time of 48.38, while his preliminary time of 48.18 ranks fourth on the UW all-time list. Amick picked up four points with his 13th place finish in a time of 48.94. His preliminary mark of 48.63 ranks fifth on the school's all-time chart.

Sophomore Henry Hudson had Washington's best finish of the day in the 400 IM, placing 14th overall with a lifetime best mark of 4:00.29 to pick up three points. Freshman Jon Banker placed 15th with a time of 4:00.63 after posting a lifetime best in the preliminary heat with a time of 4:00.49. Also swimming the event for Washington was Hunter McCallister, who finished 18th with a lifetime best of 4:03.06, and Cejih Yung with a preliminary mark of 4:10.33.

Joining Lundgaard and Amick in the 100 butterfly finals were Brenton Dowdy and Tamon Page. Dowdy placed 21st overall with a lifetime best of 50.72, while Page placed 22nd with a time of 51.29. Ryan Kastl swam his preliminary heat in a time of 51.02.

Kastl swam UW's second-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke behind Penoyar. He placed 17th overall with a time of 57.48. Yung and Tom Kozacynski placed 18th and 19th, respectively, with lifetime best of 58.96 and 59.00 (preliminary).

Freshman Niko Micin was Washington's only finalist in the 200 freestyle, placing 23rd with a lifetime best of 1:40.96. Anthony Falaniko and Ivan Perhat posted times of 1:42.21 (lifetime best) and 1:42.71 in the preliminary heats.

Senior Kurt Hardesty swam Washington fastest 100 backstroke, placing 15th with a time of 51.50 to pick up two points. Page placed 16th in the event with a time of 52.27 to earn one point. His preliminary time of 51.33 was a lifetime best. Rounding out the event for the Huskies were Scott Spansail in 18th place and Ed Papke in 19th. Both swimmers had lifetime bests in the preliminary with Spansail swimming a 52.65 and Papke swimming a 54.93.

Washington finished strong in the 400 medley relay, shaving nearly five seconds off its fastest time of the season to place fourth with an NCAA 'B' time of 3:16.38. Taylor Brugh, Penoyar, Lundgaard and Bruno Barbic combined for the swim to pick up 30 points.

The Huskies took a hit in the points category for the second night in a row, forfeiting the one-meter dive event as UW is the only Pac-10 team not fielding a diving team. Washington already lost out on points in the three-meter dive last night and will miss out on point opportunities in Saturday's platform event.

'I'm really proud of our guys,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'For our team being as young as it is, they are really stepping up and are moving in the right direction. We certainly have a long way to go but most of our swims have been lifetime bests, which is tremendous. Most of our guys, if not all, will swim their strongest events tomorrow. The potential is there for our guys to have an even better session Saturday.'

Standings1. Stanford 6002. California 5393. Arizona 3704. USC 3515. Arizona State 2256. Washington 117
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