Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.), a junior on the women's swim team, has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com for her work both in the pool and in the classroom.
Richards has been one of the major reasons why the women's swim team has been dominant in the breaststroke events so far this season. This past Saturday against Boise State, after finishing fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.78, she won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:24.54, 4/10ths of a second faster than her nearest competitor.
She also posted her best time of the season in the 50 freestyle, finishing third in that event with a time of 25.39 seconds. Her split of 30.67 seconds during the second leg of the 200 medley relay was the second-fastest among swimmers in the breaststroke leg. Richards' best time of the season in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.91) came Oct. 14 in the opening meet at Boise State, while her season-best 200 breaststroke time of 2:22.84 came at Pacific Nov. 5.
"Kevlyn has been working extremely hard this season and has seen the payoff. She is swimming faster than she ever has before in season and is close to some of her lifetime best swims," head coach Craig Nisgor said. "She brings a great attitude to the pool deck and this, along with her strong work ethic, will definitely help her to achieve her goals."
Richards is majoring in sport and exercise science and currently carries a 3.305 grade point average. She earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic honors last year, one of 22 men and women from the swimming program to earn the honor in 2010-11.
Members of the Seattle University swim teams will compete in the Husky Invitational at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., Dec. 2-4.
The Seattle University athletics department will name a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition. Seattle University will become a full member of the Western Athletic Conference July 1, 2012.