The Seattle University men's swim team posted several season-best times Saturday as the second day of the 64th annual Husky Invitational, hosted by the Husky Swimming Foundation, took place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) finished 13th in the morning preliminaries of the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:08.57, with Andy Cunningham (Cameron Park, Calif.) posting a time of 4:11.87 to finish in 19th place in the preliminaries. Gilmore won the "B" final to finish ninth overall, posting a time of 4:05.43, while Cunningham did not compete in the evening session. Damon Perry (Sammamish, Wash.) finished in 49th place in the morning session with a time of 4:22.35.
Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.) posted the fifth-best time in program history in the 100 butterfly, finishing 10th in the morning session with a mark of 50.19 seconds. He then moved into fourth place on the program's all-time list in the "B" final to 50.09 seconds, finishing third in that race and 11th overall.
Tomas Mendez-Beck (Hillsboro, Ore.) earned a season-best time of 51.28 seconds to finish in 25th place, followed by Kyle Moline (Mercer Island, Wash.) in 28th place with a time of 51.41 seconds. In the "D" final, Mendez-Beck finished third (27th overall) in 51.54 seconds, followed by Moline in fourth (28th overall) in 51.59 seconds. Ali Abadi (Edmonds, Wash.) finished in 34th place with a time of 51.77 seconds, and Sam Donohue (Portland, Ore.) finished in 54.43 seconds for an 88th-place finish.
Wanot followed that up with a 15th-place showing in the 100 backstroke preliminaries with a time of 51.20 seconds. He finished eighth in the "B" final (16th overall) with a time of 51.72 seconds. Joe Wertz (Richland, Wash.) finished in 30th place with a mark of 52.98 seconds, followed closely by Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.) in 32nd place in 53.26 seconds, but neither swimmer competed in the "D" final in the evening.
John Fulmer (Kent, Wash.) finished in 35th place in the 100 backstroke preliminaries with a time of 53.39 seconds, Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.) posted a time of 53.69 seconds to finish in 46th place, and Donohue finished in 67th place with a time of 54.92 seconds.
Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.) finished in 14th place in the 200 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 1:40.93, but he did not compete in the evening finals. Douglas Pizac (Salt Lake City, Utah) also earned a spot in the evening finals with a 31st place finish in the morning with a mark of 1:43.61. In the "D" final, Pizac finished in fifth place (29th overall) with a time of 1:44.07.
Connors finished in 45th place in the 200 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 1:44.76, followed by Abadi in 50th place in 1:45.39, Fulmer and Mendez-Beck tied for 61st place with a time of 1:46.18, Moline in 67th place in 1:46.40, Morrell in 109th place in 1:48.51, Gilmore with a time of 1:48.92, Chris Weinert (Gresham, Ore.) with a time of 1:50.20, and Kieran Schaefer (Sweet Home, Ore.) with a mark of 1:53.25.
Wertz finished in 36th place in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.99 seconds, followed by Gabe Wheeler (Round Rock, Texas) in 47th place with a mark of 1:00.68. Wheeler joined with Morrell, Wanot, and Longbotham to finish 14th in the 200 medley relay in 1:36.27. Gilmore, Pizac, Moline, and Mendez-Beck finished in 17th place with a time of 1:37.75.
Longbotham, Cunningham, Mendez-Beck, and Pizac combined for the fifth-best 800 freestyle relay time in program history, finishing 15th in the event in 7:06.00. Connors, Abadi, Perry, and Morrell finished in 19th place with a time of 7:10.70, the sixth-best time in program history in the 800 free relay.
The Seattle University men's swim team is scheduled to have representatives in the 1650 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly, and the 400 freestyle relay Sunday. The preliminary session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the finals set for 5:00 p.m.