Freshman Andy Cunningham (Cameron Park, Calif.) made an immediate impact in his first official collegiate home swim meet, setting the pool and school record in the 1000 freestyle to lead the Seattle University Redhawks to a 122-81 victory over Simon Fraser University Saturday afternoon at the Connolly Center.
Cunningham posted a time of 9:22.14 in the 1000 freestyle, smashing both records by almost 10 full seconds. He led a 1-2-3 finish in the event, with Chris Weinert (Gresham, Ore.) finishing second in 10:07.24 and Damon Perry (Sammamish, Wash.) touching the wall in third place with a time of 10:16.99.
The Seattle U men won seven of 11 events, led by Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.) with victories in the 200 freestyle in 1:42.94 and in the 100 freestyle in 46.22 seconds. Longbotham swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay, joining with Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.), Chris Lynch (Mukilteo, Wash.), and Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.) to win the event in 3:24.76.
Wanot was victorious in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.34 seconds, while Morrell finished second in the 200 backstroke in 1:53.92, 3/100ths of a second ahead of Hans Heyer from Simon Fraser. James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.11, plus he finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:09.09.
The other Redhawk victory came in the 500 freestyle, where Douglas Pizac (Salt Lake City, Utah) came from behind to outtouch Simon Fraser's Kevin Nickerson by 44/100ths of a second. Pizac, who posted a time of 4:48.30 in the victory, joined with Tomas Mendez-Beck (Hillsboro, Ore.), John Fulmer (Kent, Wash.), and Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.) for a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:13.73.
"There were a lot of good swims overall despite the fact that the guys are tired after training really hard over the past three weeks," Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said. "They are doing the right things, they are swimming fast, and they have a good attitude. Next week is going to be a tough meet, but I look for good things from our guys."
Seattle University (1-1) will host the University of British Columbia next Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at 12 noon at the Connolly Center Pool.