Men's Swimming Falls to Stanford in Season-Opener

Oct. 14, 2005

SEATTLE- The Washington men's swim team put forth a valiant against Stanford in their season-opener on Friday night, falling to last years runner up at the NCAA Championships 111-94.

'I'm really proud of our guys, we stepped up and swam a good meet,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'We still have a long way to go but they showed a lot of heart, a lot of character today. They raced hard against one of the best teams in the country. We've got a long way to go to accomplish our goals, but this is a huge, huge step in the right direction, I'm really proud of our team today.'

In the first race of the meet, the Husky 400-yard medley relay team consisting of Taylor Brugh, Pat Penoyer, Jared Osborne and Ivan Perhat opened strong with a first place finish time of 3:26.39 to take the early lead.

'Both our relays were very solid, I think they were inspired swims,' said Wender. 'The crowd stuck out in my mind today. It was great to have this size crowd here and as much support. There's so much history and tradition in Husky swimming. It was just really nice to have the alumni and parents and all those people out there.'

Penoyer also finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.36.

Husky freshman Scott Spansail had a strong showing on the night, finishing first in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:27.02) and second in the 200-yard backstroke (4:38.10).

'I thought our freshmen did a really nice job today,' says Wender. 'I thought Scott Spansil stepped up and had a great 1000 for us. I thought our sophomore class, Pat Penoyar and Taylor Brugh, performed really well, right at about the times they did at Pac-10's last year. We improved so much last year, and the key is to not let it slip back and I think we're doing things that show that. I think Henry Hudson had a great day split a 46.9 on that free relay. I'm just proud of our guys. We've got a long way to go but they've got a lot of heart a lot of passion, they race hard so it should be a fun season.'

Washington was able to close the meet in a similar fashion to the way it started with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. With a team consisting of Bruno Barbic, Niko Micin, Perhat and Brenton Dowdy, the Huskies were able to place with a first place time of 3:07.33.

Stanford compiled wins in six out of the 11 events, led by Shaun Phillips, who finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.91) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.97).

The Husky men join the women on Saturday, October 15 to take on Pacific at 11 a.m.

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