INDIANAPOLIS (March 18) – Blaise Wittenauer-Lee of the Seattle University women’s swimming team wrapped up her career with a 27th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships Saturday. Her placement is the best by a female Western Athletic Conference (WAC) swimmer since 2011.

"It was a strong swim," said Coach Craig Nisgor. "She got out where she needed to be and just wasn't able to bring it home like she wanted. Being 27th in the nation is nothing to be sad about."

On Saturday, Wittenauer-Lee swam a 2:10.96 in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries. She took seventh in her heat and 27th overall.

In 2011, Boise State’s Amber Boucher finished 26th in the 50 freestyle at NCAAs. Wittenauer-Lee’s 27th-place slot is the top by a female WAC swimmer since then.

Wittenauer-Lee concludes her Seattle U career as one of the top swimmers in school history. She was named 2017 WAC Female Swimmer of the Year and won five career individual gold medals at the WAC Championships.  

"This weekend shows a lot about where we've come from and where we're going," said Nisgor. "We've shown that we can get someone here (to NCAAs) and now we have to start getting more people to this stage."

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