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    March 23, 2000

    Orlando, Fla. - UIC sophomore Paul Torres turned in a strong showing in the pool during the first day of competition at the 2000 USA/Speedo Junior National Championships on Wednesday as he captured an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.

    Torres, one of four Flames' swimmers competing at the Junior Nationals this week, finished 13th in the 200 breast preliminary swim Wednesday morning with a time of 2:06.07. In the afternoon, he dropped his time down to a school record mark of 2:02.75 and finished in eighth place in the consolation final.

    The previous 200 breast school record was set less than a month ago at the MCC Championships as Diego Lora Coronado touched with a time of 2:02.90 en route to a first-place finish in that event.

    "Paul turned in an excellent swim and his eighth-place showing is the highest finish a swimmer has had since I've been here," fourth-year head coach John Christie said. "If he could've finished a little faster in the morning and qualified for the finals, his time would've placed him third overall. It was just a great swim."

    Torres is scheduled to compete Thursday in the 400-yard IM while Friday, all four of UIC's competitors, Torres, David Kimmerly, Tom Schwingen and Bobby Allison are scheduled to hit the pool.