After an exemplary performance at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Swimming and Diving Championships last week, senior James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
After qualifying for the bonus final in the 200 individual medley last Thursday, Gilmore posted the second-fastest time in program history during the evening session, winning the bonus final with a time of 1:49.76. He also anchored the 200 freestyle relay team to a ninth-place finish in 1:22.40, the fourth-best time in school history in the event.
In Friday morning's preliminaries of the 400 individual medley, Gilmore posted the fifth-fastest time with a mark of 3:53.26, 2.7 seconds faster than the previous record set by Jakub Jiracek at the 2008 NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. In the evening session, Gilmore finished in sixth place with a time of 3:55.43.
Saturday, Gilmore advanced to the bonus final in the 200 breaststroke after posting the third-fastest time in program history at 2:04.49 to finish in 20th place in the preliminaries. Gilmore would improve upon that time in the evening, finishing third in the bonus final with a mark of 2:03.66. He also anchored the 400 freestyle relay squad that posted a combined time of 3:02.38, helping the Redhawks move ahead of North Dakota for ninth place in the final standings.
"Gilley has been a great leader and team captain for us this season. He finished his career on such a high note, and that was so exciting for him. Breaking the school record in the 400 IM with an NCAA Division I "B" cut was the culmination to an outstanding career here at SU, and we are so proud of him for all of his accomplishments," Seattle U head swimming coach Craig Nisgor said.
In the classroom, Gilmore has maintained a 3.459 grade point average as a biochemistry major. Thanks in part to his work, the Seattle U men's swim team posted the sixth-highest GPA among Division I men's swim programs at 3.34 during the fall 2012 quarter, earning the All-Academic Team Award from the College Swim Coaches Association of America.
Besides the school record in the 400 IM, Gilmore concludes his Seattle U swimming career second on the all-time top times list in the 200 IM and third on the school's all-time list in the 200 breaststroke. He is also part of several relays on the top ten times lists in the 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay.
Seattle University Athletics names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.