SEATTLE – (Oct. 19) Seattle University men’s swimming put together a strong 2016-17 season. With an experienced roster returning, the Redhawks are in position to continue to elevate themselves in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2017-18.
Craig Nisgor, in his seventh year at SU, will guide a veteran team that has five seniors and a number of underclassmen who gained valuable experience last season. In the 2016-17 season, the Redhawks notched five school records and 29 individual top-10 times. After claiming its first-ever win over CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 5, SU went to the WAC Championships and posted stellar results.
In Houston, Seattle U compiled three individual program records, two relay marks, and 40 personal-best times. Now-seniors Jack Baldoni and Morgan Montemayor both set school records, as Baldoni recorded a 48.15 in the 100 butterfly to break a nine-year-old school record and Montemayor put up a 100 backstroke time of 49.05.
The duo teamed with Tanner Schelling and Greg Raper to set an SU record in the 200 medley relay (1:29.27) and then swam with Schelling and Mitchell Crossen to break a nine-year-old school mark in the 400 medley relay (3:16.87).
Baldoni, Montemayor, Ian Keane, Julian Morales, and Ben Nussbaum make up a solid senior class this season. The group accounts for 27 all-time top-10 swims at Seattle U. Juniors Austin Barnard and Mitchell Crossen are both coming off impressive campaigns. Barnard has the second-fastest 1650 freestyle time in program history, having tallied a 15:54.99 at the WAC meet. Crossen swam a 1:41.87 in the 200 freestyle at the conference competition, good for the eighth-best time in program history.
The Redhawks begin the regular season on Oct. 20, as they head to California to take on Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon in a two-day meet. They host Simon Fraser in their home opener on Nov. 4 at the Connolly Complex. A month later, SU will compete at the Husky Invite (Dec. 1-3). After the new year, Nisgor will take his squad to Pacific Lutheran (Jan. 5) before welcoming Whitworth on senior day (Jan. 6). SU will then swim at Air Force, facing the Falcons and Incarnate over two days (Jan. 12-13). It concludes the regular season at Simon Fraser on Jan. 25.
The WAC Championships will run from Feb. 21-24 in Houston, Texas.