The Seattle University women’s swim team picked up three event victories, but they were not enough as the Oregon State Beavers defeated the Redhawks, 174-88, in a dual meet Friday evening at the Connolly Center Pool.
Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.) earned two of the event victories, first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.24, exactly one second ahead of Crystal Kibby of Oregon State. She also defeated Kibby by almost 6/10ths of a second in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:20.13, but Kibby was able to prevail in the 200 individual medley, with Wittenauer-Lee finishing in second place in 2:08.13.
Bethany Gehrke (Lynnwood, Wash.) notched the other Redhawk event victory of the day, finishing first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:35.90. In the 500 freestyle, Gehrke finished in third place with a mark of 5:15.60, while Oregon State’s Sammy Harrison set a pool record by winning the event in 4:52.32, breaking the old mark by six-and-a-half seconds.
Carlee Bock (Bellingham, Wash.) finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.83 seconds as well as third in the 100 freestyle in 54.08 seconds. Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.) nearly defeated Aya Fujimura of Oregon State in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 57.95 seconds, just 22/100ths of a second behind Fujimura, plus she also finished in second place in the 200 butterfly, posting a time of 2:08.50.
Bock, Wittenauer-Lee, Liggett, and Kristin Hoffman (Mercer Island, Wash.) started the day by combining for a second place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:55.45. Katie Rottman (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished in third place in both the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.39 and the 200 backstroke in 2:10.92.
Seattle University (0-4) will face conference rival Idaho Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 12 noon at the Connolly Center Pool, the final home meet for the Redhawks until 2014.