The Seattle University men's swim team heads back to Monterey Park, Calif., for the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held for the second consecutive year at East Los Angeles College.
The meet will commence Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. with the finals of the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. The men currently sit in ninth place on the MPSF performance list in the 200 medley relay and in 10th place on the 800 freestyle relay list.
The first preliminary session will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. with the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, and the 50 freestyle. Andy Cunningham (Cameron Park, Calif.) is one of eight Seattle U swimmers currently scheduled to participate in the 500 freestyle, while James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) leads the way in the 200 individual medley and Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.) looks for a fast time in the 50 freestyle. Besides those three events, the Thursday evening finals will also include the 200 freestyle relay, where Seattle U is currently 10th on the MPSF performance list.
The individual events for Friday, Feb. 22, include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke. Gilmore currently holds the team's fastest time in the 400 IM, while Wanot is one of six Redhawks entered into the 100 butterfly.
Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.) enters the 200 freestyle with the team's fastest time so far this season, Chris Lynch (Mukilteo, Wash.) will be one to watch in the 100 breaststroke, and Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.) will look to be competitive in the 100 backstroke. Seattle U also enters the 400 medley relay with the eighth-fastest time in the conference so far this season.
Saturday, Feb. 23, features the longest race in the pool, the 1650 freestyle, along with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly. Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.) and Chris Weinert (Gresham, Ore.) will compete in the mile, while Cunningham brings the team's best time of the season into the 200 backstroke.
Longbotham will be one to watch in the 100 freestyle, Lynch will look to gain significant points for the team in the 200 breaststroke, and Ali Abadi (Edmonds, Wash.) hopes to make an impact for the Redhawks in the 200 butterfly. The meet will conclude with the 400 freestyle relay, where Seattle U is currently 10th in the MPSF performance list.
Defending champion BYU is one of 10 teams competing on the men's side at this week's meet, along with Air Force, CSU Bakersfield, Denver, Hawaii, North Dakota, Pacific, Seattle U, UNLV, and Wyoming. Live video and results will be available through the MPSF website (www.mpsports.org).