After a successful weekend at the Husky Invitational held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, junior Ali Abadi (Edmonds, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Saturday, in the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly, Abadi posted a season-best time of 51.77 seconds to finish in 34th place, followed by a mark of 1:45.39 in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, good enough for 50th place. He also swam the second leg in the 800 freestyle relay with a split of 1:46.35, helping the team post the sixth-fastest time in program history at 7:10.70.
Sunday, Abadi advanced to the "B" final of the 200 butterfly after posting a season-best time of 1:53.63 in the morning preliminaries. He followed that up with a mark of 1:54.84 to finish sixth in the "B" final and 14th overall in the event.
"Ali had a tremendous weekend at the Husky Invite. We have been training hard right through the meet and all of his swims were unrested bests, and he even had a lifetime best in the 200 free. He puts in the work every day in the pool and the classroom, and it is great to see all of this hard work paying off," Seattle U head swimming coach Craig Nisgor said.
Abadi currently carries a 3.78 grade point average and is majoring in biology. He is a member of the Seattle U Student-Athlete Advisory Council and participated in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on campus last Thursday night, singing "Frosty the Snowman" with other members of the campus community.
The Seattle University swimming team continues its training through Winter Break until the next competition, which for the men's swim team takes place Friday, Jan. 11, against Pacific Lutheran starting at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Center Pool.
The Seattle University athletic department names a Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on Tuesdays based on performances in the classroom and in competition. With school not in session from the end of finals later this week until January, the next Featured Student-Athlete of the Week will not be named until Tuesday, Jan. 8.