After a strong showing throughout last weekend's meets, senior Tyler Carriker (Everett, Wash.) of the Seattle U men's swim team has been named GoSeattleU.com's Featured Student-Athlete of the Week.
Carriker was a crucial part of the Redhawks' relays during the weekend's quad meets in Colorado Springs, Colo., helping clinch three top-five relay finishes. On Friday, Jan. 18, he swam the first leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay, leading the squad to a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:26.76. The next day he helped the 200 yard medley relay team open the meet with a third-place finish by swimming the anchor leg of the race (relay time 1:34.33), and he also anchored the 400 yard freestyle relay squad that took fourth place with a time of 3:11.21.
Carriker also competed individually in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races, swimming the 50 in 22.06 and the 100 in 51.26 on Friday. His performances, both on the relay and individually, helped the Redhawks to two dual victories on the weekend, a 126-111 win over North Dakota on Friday and a 140-73 victory over North Dakota again on Saturday.
In addition to his prowess in the pool, Carriker is a stand-out student as well. An international business major with a minor in Japanese, Carriker holds a 3.613 grade point average. After graduation, he hopes to put his studies to good use and find work in the business sector in Japan.
"This season Tyler has really done a great job as a leader and a teammate," said Craig Nisgor, head coach of the men's swim team." Even with an injury that he sustained early on he has worked hard to push through and is swimming faster in-season than he ever has before. He gives his all in practice every day and works not only to push himself but also to motivate and encourage his fellow teammates. Both in the water and classroom he expects the best out of himself and works hard to bring that every day."
Carriker and the rest of the men's swim team will go international for their next meet as they will travel to Burnaby, British Columbia, to take on rival Simon Fraser Saturday, February 2nd. The meet, the Redhawks' last dual of the season, is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.