Four Records Fall, Huskies 15th On NCAA Day One
March 26, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Washington men's swim team got off to a fast start on day one of the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday, breaking four school records and scoring 19 points to sit 15th in the standings at the Student Rec Center Natatorium.
Senior Scott Spansail got the Huskies off on the right foot in the 500 free, finishing ninth in a school-record time of 4:13.79. He had qualified for the B final with the 14th-fastest time in the prelims, touching the wall in 4:16.18 which lowered his previous school-record time by .50. He then smashed that record by swimming nearly three seconds faster in the finals to earn honorable All-American honors for the first time in his career.
Fellow senior superstar Evan Bernier also broke his own school record in the 50 free, finishing 17th in 19.38 to shave .15 off his previous best time. He just missed qualifying for the B final by .11.
The Huskies also broke the school record in the 400 medley relay, with Jon Banker, Yonatan Cohen, Andre Blyth and Bernier touching the wall in 3:08.72 in the prelims. They swam the 10th-fastest time to qualify for the B final where they finished 12th in 3:09.53. Swimming the leadoff leg of the relay, Banker broke his own school record in the 100 back with a split of 46.80, which went under his old record by .04.
Banker also competed in the 200 IM, finishing 52nd in 1:48.14.
'We had a hell of a day with a really good morning and then tonight with Scott setting a new school record and the guys finishing 12th in the 400 medley relay,' Washington head coach Whitney Hite said. 'We're happy to be in 15th and we'll look to crack into the top-12 tomorrow. This is the first time in 23 years our men and women have both scored at NCAAs in the same year so we're all really excited about that. Tomorrow is a big day and we're going to own it.'
The Huskies are back in the pool Friday, competing in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay while Bernier and Blyth compete in the 100 fly, Spansail competes in the 200 free, Cohen and Russ Mahan compete in the 100 breast and Banker competes in the 100 back. Prelims get underway at 10 a.m. PT while finals take place at 5 p.m. PT.
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