Bernier and Spansail Lead Washington On Day Two of Pac-10 Championships

March 6, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Evan Bernier tied a 27-year old school record in the 200 individual medley and Scott Spansail placed eighth in the 500 freestyle to lead the Washington men's swimming team on day two of the Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool.

Spansail led a pack of three UW swimmers that placed in the top 20 of the 500 freestyle, taking eighth in a time of 4:25.63. His time of 4:24.35 in the preliminaries ranks as the third-fastest in school history. Also placing for the Huskies was Jereme Barnett-Woods, who took 18th with a time of 4:34.58, and Jonny Muir, who finished in 19th place with a time of 4:36.80.

Bernier, meanwhile, swam a 19.87 in the 50 freestyle in the leadoff leg for the 200 freestyle relay team, becoming just the second Husky to ever break the twenty second barrier. His time ranks No. 2 all-time at Washington, behind Bruno Barbic's 19.52 swum at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

The 200 freestyle team of Bernier, Ivan Perhat, Niko Micin and Brenton Dowdy took fifth place in a school-record time of 1:19.87, which was also an NCAA B qualifying mark. The previous record was 1:21.30 set in 2006.

In the 200 individual medley, Bernier was one of four Huskies who placed in the top 20, taking 12th with a time of 1:47.39, which tied the UW record set by Jody Braden at the 1991 NCAA Championships.

Ben Aaberg placed 16th in the 200 IM in a time of 1:51.03, and his time of 1:49.55 in the prelims ranks No. 5 in the school record books. Henry Hudson took 18th with a time of 1:49.10 and joined Bernier and Aaberg in swimming NCAA B qualifying times. Jon Banker swam a 1:49.28 and placed 20th.

Ivan Perhat led the UW men in the 50 freestyle, placing 15th in a time of 20.50, while Dowdy took 19th in a time of 20.64. Dowdy's time of 20.51 in the prelims ranks as the fifth-best mark in school history.

Also for the Huskies in the 50 free, Anthony Falaniko (21.00) edged by teammate Yonathan Cohen (21.01), as the pair finished 23rd and 24th, respectively.

'I'm real proud of the way the guys swam today,' said UW head coach Whitney Hite. 'We are kind of stuck in sixth place because of our DQ yesterday (in the 200 medley relay), but they came out today and swam real well.'

The Huskies are in sixth place after two days with 77 points. Stanford, which has won 26 straight Pac-10 titles, took over the top spot from Arizona. The Cardinal, with 277 points, lead California (258) by 19 points and Arizona (240) by 37 points. Arizona State is in fourth place with 157 points and USC is in fifth with 134 points.

The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. PT, and the finals starting at 6 p.m.

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