Bruno Barbic Shatters 50 Free Record At NCAAs

March 23, 2006

ATLANTA, Ga.-- Washington sophomore Bruno Barbic shattered the school record in the 50 freestyle Thursday at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 19.52 in the preliminary heat. He placed 13th overall in the final with a time of 19.78 to earn All-America honors.

The preliminary swim broke his own school record time of 19.80 set last season. Barbic's 13th place finish is the highest for a Washington swimmer since Phil Davis placed sixth in the 200 breaststroke in 2004. Barbic had been seeded 29th in the event.

'We are really excited about Bruno's swim,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'He swam way above his personal best and showed a great improvement with his 13th place finish compared to his seeding. I'm really proud of him, he did a great job and it's not even his best event. We are looking forward to the 100 freestyle on Saturday. Overall, it's a great start to the meet and I really couldn't ask for anything more from Bruno. I am so proud of what he was able to do today.'

Barbic will swim his strongest event, the 100 freestyle, on Saturday. He is seeded 20th in the event with a time of 43.56. Barbic already owns the school record with a time of 43.48 set last season.

The NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships are being hosted by Georgia Tech and are taking place at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.

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