HOUSTON (Feb. 25) – The Seattle University men’s swimming team completed a stellar week at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships Saturday. Tanner Schelling posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut time in the 200 breaststroke to lead the Redhawks at the University of Houston.

"Watching the improvements and seeing the team come together is great," said Coach Craig Nisgor. "They all pull for each other and that's what Seattle U swimming is all about. It's great to see."

Schelling qualified for an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 200 breaststroke Saturday, swimming a 1:59.10 in prelims and then placing sixth with a 1:59.29 in the finals. Connor Webb (2:01.86), Ben Nussbaum (2:04.03), and Grant Gooding (2:05.56) each tallied top-ten all-time efforts and top 20 finishes in the race.

Austin Barnard recorded the second-best 1650 freestyle time in program history, finishing 13th with a 15:54.99 showing. Luke Christensen’s 16:24.38 performance is 10th-fastest in Redhawk history. He took 15th in the finals Saturday.

In the 200 backstroke, Morgan Montemayor touched in 1:48.31 in prelims, claiming the fourth-best time in SU history. He finished 12th with a 1:48.62 in the finals. Jason Klein put up the fifth-fastest time at Seattle U in prelims (1:50.30) and then taking 17th with a 1:50.42 in the finals. Ryan Shaw was just behind with a 1:50.76, good for seventh-best at SU and 18th Saturday night.

The 400 freestyle relay team posted the fifth-fastest time in Seattle U history with a 3:02.78 in the finals. The group of Schelling, Michael Cox, Mitchell Crossen, and Greg Raper combined for a seventh-place finish Saturday. Schelling's leadoff leg time of 45.38 is the second-fastest 100 free time in SU history.

Alec Barnard and Jack Baldoni placed 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 200 butterfly finals. Shawn Fujii also touched 18th in the event. 

In the 100 freestyle, Crossen posted a 46.19 in the prelims, matching the 10th-fastest time in SU history.

Seattle U placed as a team seventh at the event. Air Force won the team scoring title.


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