Freshman Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.) won two events, setting a new Connolly Center Pool record in the 400 individual medley, as the Seattle University women’s swim team concluded a busy weekend with a dual meet against Idaho Saturday afternoon.
The first-year swimmer cruised to the victory in the 400 individual medley by almost 14 full seconds, posting a time of 4:26.79, breaking the old pool record set two years ago by 2.6 seconds and coming in just 63/100ths of a second away from the school record. It is now believed to be the second-fastest time in the event in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Wittenauer-Lee started the day by helping the 200 medley relay squad finish in second place, joining with Carlee Bock (Bellingham, Wash.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Melissa Randolf (Everett, Wash.) to post a time of 1:50.52. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.31, just 7/100ths of a second slower than the mark she posted Friday evening against Oregon State, and finished third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.46 seconds.
Bock picked up the other event victory for the Redhawks, finishing first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.41, her fastest time of the season by three seconds and the third-best time in program history in the event. She also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 25.13 seconds and led off the 400 freestyle relay squad to a second-place finish, posting a split of 54.04 seconds to help Kristin Hoffman (Mercer Island, Wash.), Nicole Doi (Pleasanton, Calif.), and Randolf combine for a mark of 3:36.37, the sixth-fastest time in school history.
Liggett continued to post fast times in the butterfly events, finishing quicker than in Friday’s competition in both the 100 butterfly (57.92), where she finished third, and the 200 butterfly (2:07.26), touching the wall second in that event. Annika Perry (Reno, Nev.) picked up third-place finishes in both the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.44 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.54.
In the distance events, Emma Foster (Clancy, Mont.) was third in both the 1000 freestyle (10:57.80) and the 500 freestyle (5:21.43), while Bethany Gehrke (Lynnwood, Wash.) was third in both the 200 freestyle (1:59.15) and the 400 individual medley (4:41.21).
“I think we swam well. We were tired, competing in two meets in a row, plus we had a tough week of work, so I am happy with where we are right now,” Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said. “There are some details still to work on, but those will come in time, and I just want all my swimmers to perform at their best no matter what the competition is.”
The Seattle University swim team steps away from its dual-meet schedule to prepare for the Husky Invitational, taking place Dec. 6-8 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Redhawks do not host another meet until Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, when both the men and the women face Simon Fraser starting at 1 p.m.