Bernier Sets School Record in 200 Free On First Day of Pac-10 Championships

March 6, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Evan Bernier set a new school record in the 200 freestyle to pace the Washington men's 800 freestyle relay team to a fifth-place finish on the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool.

Bernier swam a 1:36.54 in the leadoff leg of the 800 freestyle relay, breaking the previous record of 1:37.37 set by Peter Wicklund at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships.

Joining Bernier on the relay team was Scott Spansail, David Bai and Ben Aaberg. The four narrowly missed breaking the school record of 6:32.54.

In the only other event of the day, the Huskies 200 medley relay team was disqualified. Washington finished the day in sixth place with 28 points. Arizona, with 74 points, leads the team standings, followed by California (72), Stanford (66), Arizona State (58) and USC (56).

'We got off to a little bit of a rough start with the disqualification in the relay,' said UW head coach Whitney Hite. 'It's just another challenge for us. We just have to get through it.

'But we came right back in the 800 free relay and just missed the school record. We had a great relay and Evan's performance in the leadoff leg was incredible.

'As I told the team, we're giving up enough points with diving and the (disqualification) and we're going to move forward and be better.'

The Pac-10 Championships continue today with three individual events and the 200 freestyle relay. They conclude on Saturday.

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