Bernier Named Pac-10 Men's Swimmer of the Month

Feb. 6, 2008

SEATTLE - Junior Evan Bernier has been named Pac-10 Men's Swimmer of the Month as announced by the conference today. It is the first time in Pac-10 history that a Washington men's or women's swimmer has won the award.

Bernier won 11 individual events during January and also helped the Huskies to four relay event victories.

On January 25, Bernier helped the Huskies upset No. 20 USC as he won the 100 freestyle (44.97) and 200 freestyle (1:39.50).

In Washington's dual meet win over UC Davis on January 12, Bernier won the 50 freestyle in a time of 20.84, which was a UW season-best and ranks No. 5 all-time at Washington. He also won the 100 freestyle (45.95) and 200 individual medley (1:54.53), and also helped the Huskies to a win in the 200 medley relay (1:34.76).

In the Huskies last dual of the month on January 31, Bernier helped Washington to a win over Seattle University after he swam two UW Top 10 times. His winning time of 49.93 in the 100 backstroke is the fifth-best mark in Husky history, while his time of 49.12 in the 100 butterfly is seventh-best.

Bernier also won the 100 butterfly (50.50) against Arizona on Jan. 4, and the 100 backstroke (50.09) and 500 freestyle (4:38.80) at Arizona State a day later. His other individual win came at Cal State Northridge when he was victorious in the 200 individual medley (1:53.65). Also at that meet, Bernier helped Washington to wins in the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.51) and the 400 medley relay (3:24.67).

The Seattle native transferred from the University of Minnesota where he won second team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore in 2007 after placing in the Top 18 of three events at the conference championships.

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