Bernier and Cohen Shine For Huskies at Pac-10 Championships
March 8, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Evan Bernier placed sixth in the 100 butterfly and Yontan Cohen took eighth in the 100 breaststroke to pace Washington on day three of the Pac-10 Conference Swimming Championships at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool.
Bernier continues to have a strong meet for the Huskies, as he was one of five UW swimmers that placed in the top 24 in the 100 fly. His sixth-place time of 47.48 is the second-fastest time in the event in Husky swimming history.
Also in the 100 fly, Bret Lundgaard was 12th (48.31), Andre Blythe was 19th (48.76), Brenton Dowdy was 20th (48.81) and Jonny Muir was 23rd (50.46). Dowdy swam a 48.50 in the preliminaries, which is good for No. 6 all-time at the UW, while Blythe's time ranks No. 8.
Cohen and Russ Mahan turned in impressive performances for the Huskies in the 100 breast, with Cohen placing eighth in a time of 55.05 and Mahan taking 12th in a time of 54.97. Mahan's time of 54.84 in the prelims is the third-best mark in school history.
Scott Spansail led five Huskies that placed in the top 24 of the 200 freestyle, as he took 14th in a time of 1:38.85, which ranks No. 9 all-time at the UW. David Bai took 16th (1:39.67) and Ben Aaberg was 17th in a time of 1:38.40, which is No. 6 in the Husky record books.
In the 400 individual medley, Henry Hudson placed 12th in the fourth-fastest time in school history, swimming a 3:53.73 in the finals. Jon Banker swam to a 14th place finish in a time of 3:55.58, which is the exact same time Banker swam at last years Pac-10 Championships and ranks No. 8 at the UW. Also in the 400 IM, Andrew Nguyen took 17th in a time of 4:02.26.
The 400 medley relay team of Bernier, Mahan, Lundgaard and Ivan Perhat swam to a fifth-place finish in a time of 3:15.62. Bernier's leadoff leg time of 48.61 in the 100 backstroke is the second-fastest mark in UW history.
'I can't say enough about the job that Evan is doing here,' said Huskies head coach Whitney Hite. 'He has been a superstar for us at this meet.
'We had some terrific swims tonight by our guys. I'm really pleased with the way they are battling. They are fighting for every point, and we're looking to keep it rolling tomorrow night.'
The Huskies remain in sixth place with 159 points and are on pace to eclipse the point total of 222 last season. Stanford (558) has widened its lead over second-place California (512), while Arizona is still in third with 509.5 points.
The Pac-10 Championships conclude tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. PT, and the finals starting at 6 p.m.