Swimming/Diving

Seattle U Men’s Swim Team Defeats Whitworth

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SPOKANE, Wash. – In a competition that was close the entire night, the Seattle University men’s swim team used its depth to defeat Whitworth University, 104-101, Friday night at the Whitworth Aquatics Center.

The Redhawks’ first event win of the meet came in the 1000 freestyle, when Austin Barnard (Mill Creek, Wash.) finished first with a time of 9:59.03, over a 10-second victory. Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.) was able to touch the wall first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.74, just 18/100ths of a second ahead of the second place finisher. Also in the 200 freestyle, Alec Barnard (Everett, Wash.) finished third in 1:48.21, followed by Will Wertz (Richland, Wash.) in fourth place in 1:50.61, plus Morgan Montemayor (Seattle, Wash.) actually posted the fastest time in the event at 1:45.20, but he participated as an exhibition swimmer.

Connor Webb (Hood River, Ore.) won the 400 individual medley by almost five full seconds with a season-best time of 4:13.59, with Grant Gooding (Portland, Ore.) finishing in third place in 4:22.37. Jack Baldoni (Applegate, Calif.) won the 100 butterfly in a time of 50.86 seconds, with Tanner Schelling (Boise, Idaho) finishing in third place in 52.47 seconds and Alec Barnard finishing fourth in 52.69 seconds. Schelling would later clinch the meet for the Redhawks with a victory in the 100 breaststroke in 57.28 seconds, followed by Webb in second place in 59.86 seconds and Ben Nussbaum (Issaquah, Wash.) in fourth place in 1:00.11.

The 50 freestyle was very close, with Matt Morris (Lufkin, Texas) finishing second by just 3/100ths of a second with a time of 21.89 seconds, followed by Baldoni in third place in 21.98 seconds and Mitchell Crossen (Puyallup, Wash.) in fourth place in 22.38 seconds. The 100 freestyle was just as close, with Jacob Morris (Tigard, Ore.) falling 3/100ths of a second short of a victory, finishing second in 48.89 seconds, followed by Crossen in third place in 49.00 seconds and Julian Morales (Phoenix, Ariz.) in fourth place in 50.52 seconds.

Later in the meet, Connors finished second in the 500 freestyle by just 22/100ths of a second with a time of 4:51.92, followed by Austin Barnard in third place in 4:55.40. In the final event of the meet, the team of Montemayor, Baldoni, Crossen, and Wertz posted a season-best time of 3:11.16 in the 400 freestyle relay, but they were 2/100ths of a second behind the winners from Whitworth.

Seattle University (1-3) will face Whitworth again Saturday, Jan. 9, starting at 12 noon.

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