SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s swimming has signed five newcomers for its Class of 2019. Coach Craig Nisgor announced the addition of Caitlin Caruso, Nikita Cooper, Audrey Dixon, Danika Himes, and Bella Vachuska for next season.
“We are very excited to have five early commitments for the women’s team next year and they all will be immediate contributors as all of them have already done times that would be in our all-time top 10 here. It is great to be able to bring in a class with such strength and covering so many different events. Danika has already done times which would score in the top 8 in all of her events at conference while Audrey and Caitlin have done times that would also score. Both Nikki and Bella are also very close to having scoring times and with the way they have been swimming and improving we look forward to seeing them move into scoring range. This group brings a lot in the pool, but also in the classroom and as individuals. On each of their trips, we realized what a great fit they would be and we are excited to have them joining us next year.”
Caruso is a Mission Viejo, Calif., native. She competes for Santa Margarita Catholic and Irvine Novaquatics. Caruso was a three-time CIF Division I qualifier. She helped Santa Margarita Catholic win three CIF Division I championships.
Cooper is from Manhattan Beach, Calif. She swims at Vistamar High and for Beach Cities Swimming. She swam varsity all four years at Vistamar and won the 2017 CIF title in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Dixon comes to Seattle U out of Greenwood Village, Colo. She swims at Cherry Creek High and for Aquawolves Swim Team on the club circuit. Dixon was named Colorado’s Most Valuable Swimmer in 2017 and 2018. She is ranked No. 528 in the Class of 2019, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
Himes is from Sammamish, Wash. Her sister, Darian, is currently a junior at SU. Danika Himes competes at Skyline High and has swam for Bellevue Club and Issaquah Swim at the club level. She was an All-KingCo First Team selection each year of her high school career. CollegeSwimming.com lists her as No. 662 in the Class of 2019.
Vachuska, a Roseville, Calif., native, swims at Woodcreek High, where she claimed team MVP honors. She also competes for California Capital Aquatics.