Men's Swimming Places Sixth At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 25, 2007

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The University of Washington men's swimming team fought an uphill battle Saturday against five ranked opponents, including four teams ranked in the top-seven, to place sixth overall with 222 points at the Pac-10 Championships.

The No. 2 Stanford Cardinal captured its 26th consecutive Pac-10 Championship Saturday night with 990.5 team points, while posting a total of six individual champions, four relay titles and 18 NCAA automatic qualifying times.

No. 4 Cal finished second for the sixth consecutive year with 657 points, while No. 5 Arizona finished 32 points behind the Golden Bears in third place (625). No. 7 USC finished fourth with 511.5 points, while No. 21 ASU placed fifth 372 points and Washington finished sixth (222).

The Huskies posted four top-10 swims on the final night, including 15 lifetime best swims.

Junior Ivan Perhat placed 18th in the 100 freestyle in the fourth-fastest time in program history (44.99), while Anthony Falaniko placed 20th with a time of 45.98. Six Huskies in all posted personal best times in the event.

Sophomore Scott Spansail headlined the UW distance freestylers in the 1650 freestyle, placing 12th overall with a time of 15:46.91. Freshman Jereme Barnett-Woods placed 13th in the event in a time of 16:10.04.

Four Huskies advanced to the 200 backstroke final, including 15th place finisher Taylor Brugh (1:52.61). Henry Hudson place 16th (1:54.19), while Tamon Page was 20th (1:52.37) and Spansail placed 21st (1:53.27).

The event of the night for Washington was the 200 butterfly in which Erez Fern and Jon Banker posted the third- and fifth-fastest times in school history. Fern placed eight with an NCAA consideration time of 1:47.86, while Banker placed ninth with a time of 1:48.31.

Three other Huskies advanced to the 200 butterfly final, including Bret Lundgaard in 13th place (1:50.37), Mason Amick in 15th place (1:51.51) and Jonny Muir in 18th place (1:54.20).

Washington capped off the night with a fifth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Perhat, Falaniko, Jared Osborne and Lundgaard combined for a season-best time of 3:02.27, while Perhat's leadoff 100 freestyle time of 44.88 again marked the fourth-fastest time in program history.

Washington will wait to hear which of its athletes will be invited to swim at the 2007 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 15-17. The announcement of the championship field is expected late next week.

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