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Joe Wertz swam the third leg of the 800 freestyle relay squad that set a new school record Wednesday at the MPSF...
Courtesy: Eric Badeau (http://www.ewbphotography.com/)
Swimming Opens Competition at MPSF Championships
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  02/15/2012

The Seattle University swim teams got off to a solid start as the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Swimming and Diving Championships began Wednesday evening at East Los Angeles College.

One school record was broken during the opening session in the men's 800 freestyle relay. The quartet of Murray Longbotham (Mercer Island, Wash.), Nicolas Morrell (Bend, Ore.), Joe Wertz (Richland, Wash.), and Tomas Mendez-Beck (Hillsboro, Ore.) combined for a seventh place finish in a time of 6:40.48, two-and-a-half seconds faster than the previous record set at last year's conference championships, and also an NCAA Division I B-cut qualifying time.

In the 200 medley relay, the men's quartet of Keith Andrews (Hillsboro, Ore.), Chris Lynch (Melbourne, Australia), Jordan Anderson (Newberg, Ore.), and Tyler Carriker (Everett, Wash.) finished in seventh place with a time of 1:30.99. After two events, the men are tied with North Dakota for sixth place with 48 points, with UNLV and Wyoming tied for the lead with 74 points apiece.

On the women's side, the team of Tina Nguyen (Hillsboro, Ore.), Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Tessa Franke (Santa Monica, Calif.), and Nicole Doi (Pleasanton , Calif.) combined for an eighth place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.30. The women's 800 freestyle relay squad of Hanna Basler (El Cajon, Calif.), Karla Ruff (Seattle, Wash.), Marina Pomar-Enders (Mill Creek, Wash.), and Bethany Gehrke (Lynnwood, Wash.) finished ninth with a time of 7:45.94. In the team standings after the first night, the Redhawk women are in eighth place with 40 points, with UC Santa Barbara currently leading with 80 points.

"It was a good start, with one school record, both medley relays posting the second-fastest times in school history, and the women's 800 free relay posting the third-fastest time despite not having the school record holder in the 200 freestyle as part of the squad," Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said. "Hopefully we will keep things going the rest of the way."

The MPSF Swimming Championships continue Thursday with the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, and 400 medley relay.

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