SEATTLE (May 1) – The Seattle University men's and women's swimming teams held their year-end banquet on Saturday night. The event, celebrating the Redhawks' stellar seasons, was hosted at the Crowne Plaza.
Coach Craig Nisgor recapped the year, honored the programs' seniors, and presented awards. The captains from both teams also gave out awards.
Blaise Wittenauer-Lee and Tanner Schelling won MVP honors. Wittenauer-Lee was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Female Swimmer of the Year. She won three gold medals and broke two conference records at the WAC Championships in Houston. The senior became the first Redhawk to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships.
Schelling had a terrific senior season on the men's side. He set a school record in the 100 breaststroke at the WAC Championships. Schelling also swam the second-fastest time in program history in three other events-50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 200 breaststroke. He was a member of the SU record-setting 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay squads at the WAC Championships.
Emily Gough and Ryan Shaw were named most improved. Gough had a strong showing at the WAC Championships. She recorded the second-best time in school history in the 200 butterfly. She swam the fifth-fastest time in the 200 freestyle and her time in the 100 butterfly is eighth-fastest in SU history.
Shaw tallied all-time top-10 times in both the 100 and 200 backstroke at the WAC Championships. he has the sixth-fastest time in program history in the 200 backstroke and the ninth-best time in the 100 backstroke.
Jenessa Schulte and Mitchell Crossen were the recipients of this year's Coaches' Awards. The honor is earned by being an incredible teammate, working hard every day, and representing Seattle U swimming.
The teams' 12 seniors were honored at the event, as Schelling, Wittenauer-Lee, Alec Barnard, Michael Cox, Emma Foster, Kristin Hoffman, Kaitlyn Overstreet, Annika Perry, Sidney Pinger, Katie Rottman, Kate Sabourin, and Connor Webb will graduate from Seattle U.
Both the men and the women posted winning dual meet records for the first time in the programs' Division I history.