Huskies Finish 16th At NCAAs

March 28, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Led by a third-place finish from senior Scott Spansail in the 1650 free in his final collegiate race, the Washington men's swim team posted their best NCAA finish in 30 years, placing 16th out of 41 teams at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Student Rec Center Natatorium.

Spansail earned the Huskies 16 points with his third-place finish and their 16th-place team finish was the best since the 1978 team placed ninth.

Spansail capped his dream season by earning All-American status and setting a school record in the process by more than seven seconds. His 1000 split time in the race also broke his own school record as he reached the 1000-point in 8:48.76. His previous 1000 record was 8:54.25 while his previous 1650 record was 14:41.98.

Also competing for the final time as Huskies were Jon Banker, who finished 25th in the 200 back in 1:43.18, Evan Bernier, who finished 23rd in the 100 free in 43.05 and Yonatan Cohen, who finished 31th in the 200 breast in 1:58.08.

Sophomore Andre Blyth finished 34th in the 200 fly in 1:45.63.

The Huskies also competed in the 400 free relay with a team of Bernier, David Bai, Ben Aaberg and Blyth but they unfortunately disqualified in the prelims.

The NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships will be broadcast tape-delayed on ESPN2 on April 1 at Noon PT.

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