HOUSTON (Feb. 24) – Tanner Schelling of Seattle University men’s swimming broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke, placing fourth at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships Friday night. The Redhawks put together another stellar day, as multiple school records and personal bests fell at the University of Houston.
"Things started clicking as the night went on," said Coach Craig Nisgor. "It was great to see Jack (Baldoni) take down the oldest-standing program record. Tanner had great swims in his prelims and finals today."
In the 100 breaststroke, Schelling swam a 53.67 in prelims Friday, breaking his own program mark and enhancing his NCAA ‘B’ cut. The senior then took fourth in the finals of the event with a 53.92 showing. Schelling had previously put up a 53.85 time in December.
Ben Nussbaum also had a strong effort in the 100 breaststroke, finishing 15th with a time of 56.86. The performance is a personal best for Nussbaum and the seventh-fastest in school history.
Seattle U recorded a terrific contest in the 100 butterfly, with four Redhawks placing in the top 21. Jack Baldoni topped a nine-year-old school record in prelims with a 48.15. He then finished eighth in the finals, logging a 48.49 time. Alec Barnard just missed a personal record, notching a 49.50 in prelims before swimming a 49.83 for a 16th-place finish in the finals. Michael Cox took 18th with a 49.78 time, the seventh-fastest in SU annals and a personal best. Greg Raper also set a personal record with a 50.27 in prelims and then a 21st-place effort in the finals.
In the 400 medley relay, the team of Morgan Montemayor, Schelling, Baldoni, and Mitchell Crossen combined to set a program record. The group swam a 3:16.87, shattering a nine-year-old Seattle U mark. The previous record-holding relay team featured two NCAA Division II champions (Chris Coley, Jakub Jiracek). SU placed fifth in the finals Friday night.
Montemayor also set a Redhawk record in the 100 backstroke, beating his own previous mark. He swam a 49.05 in the finals, finishing fifth. Ryan Shaw put up a personal-best time of 51.20 in the prelims of the event.
Crossen, Austin Barnard, and Zach Zenteno each posted personal records in the 200 freestyle Friday. Crossen’s time of 1:41.87 in prelims is the eighth-fastest time in SU history. He went on to finish 20th in the finals. Barnard touched 21st with a 1:42.00, good for the ninth-best time in school history. Zenteno was the 22nd-place finisher, as his 1:42.29 time is the 10th-fastest ever at Seattle U.
In the 400 IM, Connor Webb tallied a 4:00.78 in prelims and finished 20th with a 4:01.45 time in the finals of the race.
Saturday marks the final day of the WAC Championships. The finals in the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay will be contested.