Men's Swimming Set For Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 21, 2007

SEATTLE-- The University of 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, Feb. 21-24 with preliminary races beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m.

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 2-3 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-seven teams in the nation. Stanford is ranked second, followed by No. 4 California, No. 5 Arizona, No. 7 USC and No. 21 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 junior Ivan Perhat to lead the sprint freestyle corps. He currently has the team's fastest time of the season in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and ranks sixth (20.65) and fourth (45.06), respectively in those events on the school's all-time list.

Sophomore Scott Spansail headlines Washington's mid-distance and distance groups and holds UW's top times this season in the 500 and 1000 freestyle. Spansail also ranks seventh on the UW all-time top-10 list in the 500 freestyle (4:25.14).

Junior Taylor Brugh leads the backstrokers, with the team's fastest times of the season in the 100 and 200 back. Brugh also ranks third and fourth, respectively in those events on the top-10 list.

Sophomore transfer Yonatan Cohen will anchor the team in the breaststroke events after posting the team's fastest times of the season in both the 100 and 200 breast events.

Bret Lundgaard, Jared Osborne and Erez Fern will lead the Huskies in the butterfly events. Lundgaard has the team's fastest time of the season in the 100 fly and ranks third on the UW all-time list (48.18). Osborne has the second-fastest time of the season in the 100 fly and ranks third on the all-time list (47.92).

Fern has the team's fastest time of the season in the 200 fly and ranks seventh on the all-time list (1:49.41). Lundgaard ranks third on the all-time list with a time of 1:48.03.

Lundgaard and Henry Hudson are Washington's top performers in the individual medley events. Lundgaard has the team's fastest time of the season in the 200 IM and ranks fifth on the all-time list (1:50.00). Hudson has the team's fastest time of the season in the 400 IM (4;02.79).

Last season, Washington finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with 188 points. Stanford was crowned conference champions with 880 points, followed by California (76), USC (530), Arizona (519) and Arizona State (352).

Two UW seniors will be swimming in their final conference championship, including Osborne and Cejih Yung.

Order of Events

Wednesday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay

Thursday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
200 Freestyle Relay

Thursday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
200 Freestyle Relay

Friday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
400 Medley Relay

Friday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
400 Medley Relay

Saturday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay
1650 Freestyle (time final, all but final heat)

Saturday Evening Finals (6:00 p.m.)
1650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay

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