Huskies In Sixth After Day Two Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 23, 2007

FEDERAL WAY, Wash-- The Washington men's swimming team posted 12 lifetime-best swims Thursday at the Pac-10 Championships and currently sits in sixth place. Stanford, the 25-time defending Pac-10 Champion, is in first place with 352 points, followed by California (229), Arizona (217), USC (159), Arizona State (144) and UW (83).

'I really liked our aggressiveness today,' said head coach Whitney Hite. 'We had a lot of personal bests and season best times and that's what it's all about- getting better. Overall, we had some good swims and we are finding our way. We will keep fighting and see how we do tomorrow.'The Huskies took a hit in the points category Thursday, when it forfeited the three-meter diving event, while the other school's collected between 20-41 points. Washington does not field a diving program and will also forfeit points Friday in the one-meter dive and Saturday in the platform event.

UW did, however, have some success in the water with the highlight of the day coming when junior Ivan Perhat swam the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 50 freestyle preliminary race in a time of 20.53 to just miss out on an NCAA 'B' cut. Seven other Huskies posted lifetime best times in the event.

Sophomore Scott Spansail headlined the 500 freestyle corps, placing 13th overall with a time of 4:27.26, shaving more than seven seconds off his season-best time. Henry Hudson and Hunter Barrett also advanced to tonight's finals placing 18th (4:33.13) and 21st (4:35.28), respectively, both in personal best times.

Junior Bret Lundgaard highlighted Washington's swims in the 200 individual medley, placing 16th with a time of 1:52.63. His preliminary swim of 1:51.04 marked the teams fastest time of the season. Sophomore Jon Banker placed 20th in the event with a lifetime best time of 1:55.01.

The Huskies capped off the night with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:22.19. The team of Perhat, Yonatan Cohen, Brenton Dowdy and Lundgaard combined for the Washington's fastest time of the season. Perhat's leadoff time of 20.50 also surpassed his lifetime best from earlier in the night and again marked the fourth-fastest time in program history.

Washington will look to narrow the gap between itself and ASU Friday when it competes in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Action continues at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatics Center with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Team Standings1. Stanford, 3522. California, 2293. Arizona, 2174. USC, 1595. Arizona State, 1446. Washington, 83

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