FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Seattle University women’s swim team had a strong showing on Friday evening winning five of 11 events outright as it topped Alaska, 116-87, on day one of its head-to-head in Fairbanks. Seattle U will return to action against the Nanooks at Patty Pool on Saturday for day two, starting at 11 am PT.
“It’s been a great trip thus far” said head coach Craig Nisgor. “It’s a different environment, but that’s provided the team with a bit of excitement and energy which I think they carried into our events. Jayna Van Stone, Danika Himes and Maddie Rapp each competed well, but I’ve very pleased with how the team did as whole and really looking forward to tomorrow.”
The day was also highlighted by a pair of 1-2-3 finishes as the Redhawks swept the 100 Freestyle and 200 IM. Van Stone led the way for Seattle U in the 100 Freestyle, clocking in at 54.60 with Allison Plamondon and Audrey Dixon following at 55.35 and 56.43 respectively. Himes, Tessa Oliver and Isabelle Guadiamos then went 1-2-3 in the 200 IM. Himes touched in at 2:09.94, with Oliver and Guadiamos checking in at 2:14.02 and 2:14.31.
Himes and Guadiamos then went 1-2 in the 100 Breaststroke with registering times of 1:07.02 and 1:09.15, respectively.
Van Stone notched another first-place time in the 200 Freestyle, 1:57.79, while teammate Julia Gorman followed at 2:00.17 for third.
In the 200 Butterfly, Rapp paced the field by more than 5.5 seconds finishing with a time of 2:08.56. Oliver earned points for the Redhawk cause during the event checking in at third with a time of 2:15.79.
In the 500 Freestyle, Gorman also earned second-place points as she touched in at 5:29.48, while McGill’s time of 5:33.89 was good for third.
Plamondon added another second-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.00 seconds.
In the relays, Seattle U took second and third in the 400 Medley with the team of Plamondon, Himes, Bryn Lasher, and Guadiamos checking in at a combined time of 4:00.62. The quartet of Cooper, Caitlin Caruso, Sherlyn Devadason and Chan followed at 4:12.02. The Redhawks then capped the opening of competition with a second-place time in the 200 Freestyle with Margaux Thompson, Lasher, Dixon and Van Stone clocking in at 1:41.68.