HOUSTON – (Feb. 24) Seattle University men’s swimming wrapped up action at the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships Saturday, as the 400 freestyle relay set a new school record at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston.
"We did really well here," said Coach Craig Nisgor. "The energy kept growing and the relay record was a great way to cap the weekend. Breaking the two relay records (400 freestyle and 800 freestyle) with such young groups is exciting. We had great leadership from our senior class here."
The 400 freestyle relay team of Mitchell Crossen, Greg Raper, Isaac Parker, and Jake Goguen combined to break the school record with a 3:01.35 in the finals. It edged out the previous SU mark, set eight years ago, by .03 seconds. Crossen's opening split of 45.46 was good for the fourth-fastest 100 freestyle effort in Redhawk history.
"It was an incredible way to finish the meet," said Nisgor. "That is one of the oldest records in the books, so it was really exciting. The whole team was going crazy, which was awesome to see. Everyone had great splits and for Jake to anchor the way he did, it was great."
Raper’s 44.71 in the 100 freestyle finals is second-best in SU history. Crossen touched in 45.58, winning the “C” final. Goguen put up a 46.00 in prelims to claim the ninth-fastest time all-time at SU.
Ben Nussbaum recorded the third-best 200 breaststroke time in program history with a 2:01.57 performance in prelims. Jack Neton put up a 2:03.39 in the finals, marking the sixth-fastest effort in school history. His 100 breaststroke split to start the event was the 10th-fastest time in program history.
In the 200 backstroke prelims, Ryan Shaw’s 1:48.86 is fifth-best in school history.
Austin Barnard placed 10th in the 1650 freestyle, breaking under 16:00 (15:59.60) in the finals. Alex Roderick logged the seventh-fastest time in program history with a 16:18.81 effort, taking 12th place. Roderick also cracked the top 10 1000 freestyle list with his split to open the race.
In the 200 backstroke, Morgan Montemayor was just off of his lifetime best with a 1:48.53, winning the “B” finals Saturday. Ryan Shaw clocked in at 1:49.30, claiming the fifth-fastest time in program history.