Video produced by Jack Neton
SEATTLE – Seattle University swimming hosted its annual team banquet on Saturday night. The Redhawks commemorated a stellar 2018-19 campaign at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Seattle.
Coach Craig Nisgor hosted the event after concluding his eighth season at the helm of the program. Seniors Austin Barnard, Mitchell Crossen, Emily Gough, Ian Keane, and Jenessa Schulte were recognized at the banquet.
On the season, the men established 16 individual all-time top-10 efforts at Seattle U. There were also four relay all-time top-10 swims. The Redhawks won the 2018 Husky Invitational collegiate team title on Dec. 2 to highlight the regular season.
For the women, SU featured 14 individual all-time top-10 performances and three relay all-time top-10 times.
Greg Raper claimed team MVP for the men. Raper put together a terrific weekend at the WAC Championships, recording an individual school record, a relay school record and three other all-time top-three efforts at SU. He set a school record in the 100 freestyle, touching in 44.52 seconds. Raper also posted a 20.12 in the 50 freestyle at the conference meet, good for second-best in program history and All-WAC Second Team honors. His 48.08 performance in the 100 butterfly is the second-fastest in SU history.
In relay action, Raper swam second on the school-record-setting 400 freestyle relay that notched a 3:00.78 to top last year's record time. Raper also led off the 200 freestyle relay that finished with the third-best time in SU annals.
On February 2, the native of Austin, Texas, set a Redhawk Center pool record in the 50 freestyle with his 20.34 effort.
Allison Plamondon was selected team MVP on the women’s side. The sophomore contributed five all-time top-10 showings this season. In the 50 freestyle, her 23.71 was good for third-fastest at SU. Plamondon’s 51.91 in the 100 freestyle is sixth-best in program history. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native also jumped into the all-time top-10 in the 100 backstroke at the WAC meet. Plamondon anchored the 400 freestyle relay that came within a second of the school record and was the final leg on the 200 medley relay that compiled the eighth-fastest time in SU history.
Nisgor and his coaching staff chose the winners for the Coaches’ Award. The honors go to the individuals who exemplify being a teammate, team member, and leader. Emma McGill took home the honor for the women. The freshman’s 1:06.87 in the 100 breaststroke was the ninth-best effort in Redhawk history. Jack Neton received the men’s award. The sophomore put up the third-best 200 breaststroke time and the ninth-fastest 100 breaststroke time in program history, with both swims coming at the conference meet.
Kyle Bailey won the most improved award on the men’s side. The freshman clocked in with the eighth-fastest 400 IM time in school history at the WAC Championships.
Julia Gorman was the recipient of the women’s most improved award. The junior swam the fifth-best 100 freestyle in program history at the WAC Championships and was a member of two relays that set new all-time top-10 times at SU.
In the classroom, SU landed 17 on the Academic All-WAC list this winter. Junior Margaux Thompson was inducted into the SU chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.