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Murray Longbotham won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle Saturday against British Columbia
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Seattle U Menís Swim Team Loses to UBC, 128-77

The Seattle University men's swim team showed some fatigue after two months of hard training, and the University of British Columbia took advantage with seven event wins on the way to a 128-77 victory over the Redhawks Saturday afternoon at the Connolly Center Pool.

Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.) won two events, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.06 and in the 500 freestyle in 4:39.38. He also swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay that finished in second place with a time of 3:25.24.

Andy Cunningham (Cameron Park, Calif.) led a 1-2 finish in the 200 backstroke, winning the event in 1:51.28, just ahead of teammate Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.), who posted a time of 1:51.95. Wanot also finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.19 seconds and posted a split of 45.92 seconds in anchoring the second-place medley relay team.

"We weren't at our sharpest today. We could definitely see that two months of hard training have taken their toll," Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said. "We had some really strong swims, and for how hard they have been training, I am very impressed with the times they have been posting."

Seattle University will head south to Federal Way, Wash., for the Husky Invitational, hosted by the Husky Swimming Foundation Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. The final two home meets for the Redhawks will take place Jan.11 (Pacific Lutheran) and Jan. 12 (Whitworth).

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