Men's Swimming Finishes In Sixth Place At The Pac-10 Championships

March 9, 2002

SEATTLE - UW sophomore John Lyssand (Gig Harbor, Wash.) posted the highest finish by a Husky men's swimmer since 2000, placing sixth in the 1650 freestyle (15:20.59) as the Washington men's swimming team wrapped up competition Saturday at the Pac-10 championships. The Huskies finished sixth overall in the team standings with 175 points at the three-day meet held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Lyssand finished sixth overall in the 1650 freestyle with his first career NCAA provisional qualifying time of 15:20.59, shaving almost 17 seconds off from his previous career best of 15:37.21. The sophomore's sixth place is the highest individual finish by an UW swimmer at this year's meet and the best since former standout Bryan Nelson placed fifth in the same event at the 2000 Pac-10 championships.

Lyssand was joined in the 1650 free by teammate freshman Kevin Quinn (Issaquah, Wash.), who placed 11th in 15:38.51.

In the 200 backstroke, five Husky swimmers qualified for the consolation finals, led by senior David Moilanen (Renton, Wash.), who finished 11th with a senior national qualifying effort of 1:47.88. Freshman Craig Gillis (Calgary, Alb.) was right behind Moilanen, touching 12th overall with a time of 1:50.29, while freshman Jim Wolfe (Hillsboro, Ore.), junior Matt Zielke (Renton, Wash.) and freshman Garrett McCaffrey (Federal Way, Wash.) rounded out the group, sweeping 14th through 16th place.

UW sophomore Luke Ekhoff (Portland, Ore.), who owned the third-fastest time in the nation in the 200 breaststroke for most of the season, was unable to duplicate his performance at the Pac-10 meet. Ekhoff placed ninth overall, winning the consolation finals with a time of 2:00.55, more than two seconds slower than his school record time of 1:58.06, which he set at last December's Husky Invitational.

In the final individual event of the night, the 200 butterfly, Husky junior Jeff Hyman (Phoenix, Ariz.) placed 14th in 1:50.62, while senior Ryan Oleson (McMinnville, Ore.) came in 15th in 1:51.02, after also taking 15th the night before in the 100-yard race.

Washington rounded out the meet with a sixth place in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of junior Tim Collins (Vancouver, Wash.), sophomores Justin Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and Derek Rose (Forest Grove, Ore.) and Moilanen recorded a senior national qualifying effort of 3:01.92, only about four tenths of a second slower than the school record of 3:01.51.

Top-ranked Stanford won its 21st straight conference meet title, finishing with 918 points, while California placed second with 708.5 points.

The Washington men's swimming team is scheduled to take part in the Belmont Invitational Sunday at 11 a.m. The meet will be the Huskies' final chance to qualify for the NCAA championships, March 28-30, in Athens, Ga.

Final Pac-10 Team Scores
1. Stanford 918
2. Cal 708.5
3. Arizona 616.5
4. USC 571
5. ASU 400
6. Washington 175

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