The hard work since the beginning of the 2012-13 season started to show results for the Seattle University men's swim team, as season-best times were achieved in both relay events as the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships began Wednesday evening at East Los Angeles Community College.
In the 800 freestyle relay, Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.), Tomas Mendez-Beck (Hillsboro, Ore.), Douglas Pizac (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.) were just 23/100ths off the school record set at last year's conference championships, finishing eighth in the event with a time of 6:40.71. Andy Cunningham (Cameron Park, Calif.), Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.), John Fulmer (Kent, Wash.), and Chris Weinert (Gresham, Ore.) posted a time of 6:52.93, the fifth-fastest time in program history.
The quartet of Morrell, Chris Lynch (Mukilteo, Wash.), Bart Wanot (Federal Way, Wash.), and Tyler Carriker (Everett, Wash.) posted the fourth-fastest time in program history in the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:31.19, finishing eighth in the event. The team of Sam Donohue (Portland, Ore.), Gabe Wheeler (Round Rock, Texas), Owen Bley-Male (Portland, Ore.), and James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) combined for the eighth-fastest time in program history at 1:34.19.
Seattle U ended the night in seventh place with 44 points. UNLV won both events to take the lead after the first day with 80 total points, setting a meet record each time.
The 2013 MPSF Swimming and Diving Championships will continue Thursday, Feb. 21, starting at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and 50 freestyle. The Thursday evening session will begin at 6 p.m. with the finals of the 200 freestyle relay, followed by the finals of the three individual events.