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SEATTLE --- Seattle University men’s and women’s swimming will open the 2019-20 season this weekend when both squads compete in the Logger Relays hosted by Puget Sound University on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Heading into his ninth season at the helm expectations for head coach Craig Nisgor are simple for his teams—“Do the best they can and swim as fast as they can.” 

“We have a lot of energy and talent and I know we can compete and believe that anyone on the roster can be successful in any given race, because I don’t think we have a hole in our lineup–we’re strong across the board and we have people who can step up and do great things.”

Nisgor and Redhawks will not be short on experience or leadership as both lineups feature double-digit upperclassmen with the women’s roster boasting 11 including five seniors while the men’s side sees six seniors and 10 upperclassmen. 

On the women’s side, the senior class is made up of Julia Gorman, Darian Himes, Maddie Rapp and captains Jayna Van Stone and Margaux Thompson and each have etched their names in the SU record book Top 10. 

Headlining the crop of juniors meanwhile will be Butterfly school-record holder Bryn Lasher and Allison Plamondon who is third-fastest in 50-yard Freestyle are accompanied by classmates Emily Bakewell, Kailey DeLozier, Sherlyn Devadason, Jennifer Wong who are also among the Redhawks’ Top 10 performances. Also returning are sophomores Marissa Chan and Emma McGill.

For the men, captains Zach Zenteno and Ryan Shaw front the leadership provided by the squad’s seniors. Also among that group will be Luke Christiansen, Shawn Fujii, Alex Roderick and Greg Raper who is coming off a standout campaign in 2018-19 which included the program’s best time in the 100-yard Freestyle event.

Juniors Jack Neton, Taj Mercer, Jake Goguen and Isaac Parker meanwhile make up the balance of the upperclassmen, like the women, are also among the SU’s Top 10 Performances. The Redhawk lineup also features a deep sophomore class in Tyler Goodspeed, Ryan Ascenscio, Kyle Bailey, Giovanni Copioli, Milan Saric, Chang He and Juan Varela.

In addition to the veteran names, Nisgor introduces a talented group of new faces into the fold including nine freshman for the women and six on the men’s side who should make an impact for the Redhawks early. 

“The freshman we brought in are a talented group and many of them posted times in high school that would already score in the conference and other meets today,” said Nisgor.

Joining the women’s team will be Caitlin Caruso, Nikki Cooper, Michaela Day, Audrey Dixon, Isabella Guadiamos, Danika Himes, Alexa Hoeper, Olivia Lautman and Tessa Oliver. The men’s newcomers meanwhile includes Connor Barringer, Max Chesno, Will Corona, Justin Kalugin, Emmett Moore, George Thiss and Jaden Weiss

Among the crop of newcomers are Himes, Corona and Weiss were National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) High School All-America selections in 2018-19. Himes and Weiss were each recognized in the 200-yard Medley relay, while Corona garnered accolades in the 200-yard Individual Medley, 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

“I really like the mixture of experience we have and everyone is really coming together in the right way to make this a team” said Nisgor. “We have a talented group of freshmen. Many of the returners have embraced that because they know it’s part of the culture they’ve created and want to continue and pass that along."