LOS ANGELES – (Oct. 20) Seattle University men’s swimming fell, 124-81, to Grand Canyon to open the 2017-18 season. Austin Barnard, Mitchell Crossen, and Taj Mercer each won races in the meet, hosted by Loyola Marymount University.

“We had some strong stuff,” said Coach Craig Nisgor. “Mitchell looked good today in his events. Austin put in a really good performance in the mile and Taj had a strong swim to win as well.”  

Barnard won the 1650 freestyle, with Alex Roderick taking second. Barnard tallied a 16:42.23 to easily claim the victory. Roderick was the runner-up with a 16:52.81 showing.

Crossen was the winner in the 100 freestyle, outreaching Mazen El Kamash of Grand Canyon to win by .03 seconds. Crossen logged a 46.94 in the race. He also took third in the 200 freestyle, recording a 1:43.74. 

Mercer, a freshman, touched first in the 400 IM, posting a 4:15.78 to edge out Noah Lambert of GCU. Mercer and Lambert were even into the final leg, where Mercer sprinted to the wall to pick up the win.

In the 400 medley relay, Morgan Montemayor, Ben Nussbaum, Jack Baldoni, and Crossen combined for a second-place finish. The group swam a 3:29.76 to touch second.

In the 100 butterfly, Baldoni and Shawn Fujii placed second and third, respectively. Baldoni’s time of 50.28 was good for second, while Fujii’s 52.21 took third.

Montemayor finished second in the 100 backstroke with a 53.03.

In the 500 freestyle, Zach Zenteno’s 4:50.86 showing was good for second place. Roderick clocked in a 4:55.03 to take third, just ahead of Barnard’s 4:55.31 third-place performance.

SU will face the Lopes again tomorrow in a meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. at LMU.