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Seattle U Swim Men and Women Teams Sweep

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Seattle U Men’s Swim Earns Victory Over South Dakota

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Seattle University men’s swim team picked up a convincing victory over South Dakota, 142.5-96.5, Friday night as part of a double-dual meet hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy at the Cadet Natatorium.

The Redhawks were able to finish ahead of the Coyotes in almost every event, starting with the 400 medley relay, when the team of Morgan Montemayor (Seattle, Wash.), Tanner Schelling (Boise, Idaho), Jack Baldoni (Applegate, Calif.), and Mitchell Crossen (Puyallup, Wash.) finished in second place with a time of 3:28.59. Austin Barnard (Mill Creek, Wash.) earned a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle in 10:16.26.

Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.) finished in a tie for second place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.50, followed by Schelling finishing second in the 50 freestyle in 21.49 seconds, just ahead of Matt Morris (Lufkin, Texas) in third place in 21.86 seconds. Ben Nussbaum (Issaquah, Wash.) finished in second place in the 200 individual medley in 1:59.82.

In the 200 butterfly, Alec Barnard (Everett, Wash.) finished second overall with a time of 1:56.14, with Matt Morris (48.90) and Crossen (49.08) going 2-3 in the 100 freestyle. Montemayor finished second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.67, and then Connor Webb (Hood River, Ore.) earned a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.95.

Matt Morris, Jacob Morris (Tigard, Ore.), Alec Barnard, and Will Wertz (Richland, Wash.) combined for a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.79. Air Force won every event as the Falcons defeated both the Redhawks, 139-85, and the Coyotes, 132-92.

“We had some good swims in this meet, with the highlight probably being Alec Barnard’s swim in the 200 butterfly. It was a strong start to the weekend, and I hope the guys can keep it going tomorrow,” Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said.

Seattle University (3-4) will face the same two teams in the same pool Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at 11 a.m. local time (10 a.m. Pacific time).

Seattle U Women’s Swim Posts Fast Times at Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Seattle University women’s swim team answered the challenge of a meet at altitude, defeating both South Dakota, 133-103, and Northern Colorado, 128-108, Friday evening in a collegiate competition hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy at the Cadet Natatorium.

The Redhawks got off to a great start by winning the opening event of the meet, as Kaitlyn Overstreet (Cottonwood Heights, Utah), Annika Perry (Reno, Nev.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.) finished first in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:56.86. That is the ninth-fastest time on the Seattle U all-time top times list and the third mark from this season in the event to move into the top 10.

Paige Treff (Orland, Calif.) picked up Seattle U’s first individual win of the night, posting the fastest time in the 50 freestyle at 24.50 seconds. Wittenauer-Lee followed that with a close-to-four second victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.91.

After the first of two diving events in which both South Dakota and Northern Colorado would gain 16 points each time on Seattle U, Overstreet finished second in the 200 butterfly at 2:10.07, less than 2/10ths of a second behind the event winner. Treff would earn a solid third-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 53.83 seconds.

Madi Lydig (Spokane, Wash.) dominated the 200 backstroke, winning that event by over five seconds with a time of 2:07.38. After the second diving event, Wittenauer-Lee cruised to a convincing win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.44, over 10 seconds in front of her nearest competitor.

In the final event of the meet, the 200 freestyle relay, the quartet of Treff, Kelly Hartman (East Wenatchee, Wash.), Sidney Pinger (Tualatin, Ore.), and Maddie Dickman (Sacramento, Calif.) finished second with a time of 1:38.90. The Redhawks would go 2-1 in the competition, as the host Falcons earned a 131-98 victory.

“We had some great swims tonight, and it was exciting to see different people perform well,” Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said. “Blaise just crushed her events tonight, starting with her split in the opening relay and continuing with the wins in the IM and breaststroke. Madi and Paige were also great in their victories. It was a good first day, and hopefully we can keep it going tomorrow.”

Seattle University (9-4) will face the same three teams in the same pool Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at 11 a.m. local time (10 a.m. Pacific time).

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