Alexis Morehouse (Vancouver, Wash.) won the 200 breaststroke to highlight Seattle University's participation in the second day of a women's swimming invitational meet Saturday featuring host Boise State and New Mexico at the Boise West YMCA Pool.
Morehouse dominated the 200 breaststroke from start to finish, touching the wall first with a time of 2:20.22, over four seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.) also swam a solid race, finishing fourth with a time of 2:25.46, just 6/100ths of a second behind the third place swimmer.
It was a better day for the relay teams, beginning with a fifth place finish for Rachel Leighter (Eugene, Ore.), Richards, Megan Kelley (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Melissa Randolf (Everett, Wash.) in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:53.43. The quartet of Hanna Basler (El Cajon, Calif.), Randolf, Tina Nguyen (Hillsboro, Ore.), and Nicole Doi (Pleasanton, Calif.) wrapped up the invitational with a third place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.90.
Individually, Nguyen finished in sixth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.40, followed by Leighter in eighth place in 1:01.98. Basler finished in a tie for eighth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.16, while Doi led the Redhawks in the 100 freestyle with a 10th place finish in 55.24 seconds, just ahead of Nguyen in 11th place in 55.47 seconds and Randolf in 12th place in 55.50 seconds.
In other events, Bethany Gehrke (Lynnwood, Wash.) finished in eighth place in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:44.19, Casey Hoffman (Federal Way, Wash.) was the top Redhawk finisher in the 1000 freestyle with a fifth place finish in 10:56.37, and Ellyn Rivers (Elgin, Texas) touched the wall in eighth place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:15.99.
Boise State won the invitational, winning seven of Saturday's 10 events to finish with 885 points. New Mexico once again won the diving event of the day along with the 1000 freestyle to finish second overall with 656 points, and Seattle U finished third with 375 points over the weekend.
Seattle University will hold its first home meet of the 2011-12 season next Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 12 noon at the Connolly Center Pool. The women will face current conference foe UC Davis of the MPSF and future conference opponent Idaho from the WAC, while the men will conduct an intrasquad competition to kick off their season.