HOUSTON – (Feb. 21) The 800 freestyle Seattle University men’s swimming relay team set a school record on the first day of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. the 200 medley relay squad also recorded the third-best time in program history at the CRWC Natatorium Wednesday.

“It was great to see the school record set,” said Coach Craig Nisgor. “That is a record we’ve been trying to get for the last few years. It’s a young group, too, with a freshman, two sophomores, and a junior, so that’s exciting.”

In the 800 freestyle relay, Mitchell Crossen, Jake Goguen, Zach Zenteno, and Alex Roderick combined to set a school record. The group swam a 6:39.79, beating out the previous SU record showing of 6:40.48 in 2012. Crossen put up the third-best 200 freestyle time in program history with his stellar leadoff leg.

Morgan Montemayor, Ben Nussbaum, Jack Baldoni, and Greg Raper teamed up to post a 1:29.78 in the 200 medley relay, third-fastest in program history. The group was just .51 seconds off the school record. Raper anchored the event with a terrific 19.89 time. Half a second faster than personal best

In the 100 butterfly, Luke Christensen tallied a 52.67, good for a personal best.

“We set us ourselves up well today,” said Nisgor. “We’ll look to get some strong swims tomorrow. It’s about being crisp and staying sharp." 

The event continues Thursday, with four finals scheduled. The 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, and 200 freestyle relay races will take place tomorrow.