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Nic Morrell finished second in the 100 backstroke and also competed in both Redhawk relays Saturday at Air Force...
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Menís Swim Team Wins One, Loses Two at Air Force

For the second straight day, Seattle University defeated North Dakota (140-73), but lost to Wyoming (172-49) and host Air Force (149.5-71.5) Saturday in men's swimming action at the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Natatorium.

The quartet of Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.), Chris Lynch (Mukilteo, Wash.), Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.), and Tyler Carriker (Everett, Wash.) finished in third place in the meet-opening 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.43. Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.), James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.), Morrell, and Carriker combined for a time of 3:11.21 to finish in fourth place in the 400 freestyle relay that capped the afternoon.

Individually, Morrell finished in second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.09 seconds. Lynch also earned a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall with a mark of 57.97 seconds.

Wanot finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.50 seconds, and followed that with a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 51.83 seconds. Longbotham tied for third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.79 and also earned a sixth-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 47.25 seconds.

In the 200 individual medley, Gilmore finished in third place with a time of 1:57.12, ahead of teammate Joe Wertz (Richland, Wash.) in fourth place with a mark of 1:59.98. Wertz also finished in fifth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.37 seconds.

Seattle University (5-6) will head to Burnaby, B.C., for a rematch against Simon Fraser University Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. The Redhawks will then compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Feb. 20-23 at a site to be determined after the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif., was deemed unusable recently.

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