Seniors Honored, Victorious As Final Lap Nears

Both Seattle University swim teams made waves on Senior Day as they defeated Whitworth Universty Saturday afternoon. The men won 13 of 14 events while the women took the top spots in 11 of 14 due to a couple of disqualifications. This came on top of Friday’s victory over Pacific Lutheran University and a strenuous week of training leading up to the events.

 Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

Last Saturday afternoon, the Seattle University Men’s and Women’s swim teams competed against Whitworth University at the Connolly Center Pool.

“They’ve been training hard, they looked good, and they were racing,” said head coach Craig Nisgor. “One of the things that I thought was great for us was the team environment. If you looked behind the lanes, there were four or five people cheering for everyone every time.”
All of the senior men brought home victories. Kyle Moline won the 200 fly with a 1:54.23, while Bart Wanot took first in the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 51.38 and 1:51.92 respectively. John Fulmer took home the 100 freestyle with a 48.71 in his final home meet as a Redhawk.

“Times were exactly where I expected them to be, I mean we had some people going incredibly fast,” Nisgor said.

Rachel Rodriguez sped through the 200 freestyle and the 100 fly at 1:59.30 and 59.85 respectively, which resulted in two wins. Madi Lydig won two events as well in the 200 backstroke and the 500 freestyle at 2:04.09 and 5:15.41. Rodiguez also swam anchor for the victorious 400 freestyle relay team, along with Paige Treff and seniors Caroline Van Maren and Melissa Randolf, which finished in 3:43.93. Annika Perry took home the 100 breaststroke and a personal best with a 1:06.44.

Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

All six of the seniors were honored before the meet. Moline and Van Maren thought about their final season as Redhawk swimmers and what that time has meant to them.

“We’ve really embraced that team aspect,” Moline said. “We’re one solid team that comes together and gets what the team needs to get done.”

“We’ve really become a family this past season,” Van Maren said. “The men’s and women’s teams are very supportive of each other, which really helps us out.”

Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

This weekend both squads will be flying out to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force before facing Simon Frazier as they prep for the
WAC championships.

“It’s definitely is a good momentum builder going into next weekend,” Nisgor said. “I’m excited, I think it’s going to be some really good stuff.”

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