After helping the Seattle University women's swim team defeat Simon Fraser Friday and competing at the Connolly Center Pool for the final time in her collegiate career Saturday, senior Hanna Basler (El Cajon, Calif.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
In Friday's meet, Basler finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.74 and in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.10 seconds. She swam the second leg of the 200 freestyle relay that broke the pool record in coming back to defeat Simon Fraser with a time of 1:38.93, including her split of 24.71 seconds.
Saturday against Simon Fraser and Washington State, she anchored the 400 medley relay that finished second, posting a split of 53.01 seconds to give her team a final time of 3:59.76. Individually, she finished fifth in the 50 freestyle in 25.07 seconds and sixth in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.29.
Basler has the team's best times in the 50 freestyle (24.78 seconds), 100 freestyle (54.19 seconds), and 200 freestyle (1:57.62), plus she is part of the squad's best times of the year in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.93), 400 freestyle relay (3:36.31), and 400 medley relay (3:59.76). She also has the second-best time in the 100 backstroke (1:01.01) and the third-best time in the 200 backstroke (2:11.89).
"Hanna has done a great job throughout the season. She is a leader, a team player and will always do whatever she can for the team. This past weekend she really stepped up in her events and did some in-season best swims, which is very good as a senior. In addition, she anchored the 400 medley relay in a best time and was on the team that set the Connolly pool record in the 200 free relay," Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said.
Basler is majoring in political science and currently has a 3.157 grade point average. After she graduates in June, she is planning to go to Zambia for two weeks with Professional Without Borders, and then she will return to Seattle to work on the gubernatorial campaign of Rob McKenna.
The Seattle University women's swim team will head to Reno, Nev., for its final dual meet of the 2011-12 season against the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. The Redhawks will then prepare for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Feb. 15-18 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif.
The Featured Student-Athlete of the Week is chosen each Tuesday by members of the Seattle U athletics department and takes into account a student-athletes's performance both in the classroom and in competition.