HOUSTON – (Feb. 23) Jack Baldoni and Morgan Montemayor of Seattle University men’s swimming broke school records on the third day of the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. As a team, the Redhawks tallied 10 top-10 all-time efforts at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston.
"It's really great to see Jack and Morgan put up these times," said Coach Craig Nisgor. "They both broke records last year at this met and to see them swimming faster than ever before is exciting. Not only are we putting up top-10 times, we're getting a lot of lifetime best swims from a lot of people. We're realizing what we're capable of here."
Baldoni broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly Friday. In prelims, the senior logged a 47.39 time, marking an NCAA “B” cut in the event. He followed with a fourth-place effort in the finals, missing the medal stand by .01 seconds (47.59).
In the 100 backstroke, Montemayor topped his own SU record with a 48.75 effort in prelims. He placed eighth Friday’s finals. Ryan Shaw touched in 49.83 in prelims to notch the second-best time in school history. He finished 11th in the finals.
Alex Roderick posted the second-best 200 freestyle time in school history Friday. In prelims, he swam a 1:39.01 to bust into the record books. He followed with a 1:39.71 in the finals, placing 14th. In the same event, Mitchell Crossen compiled a 1:39.73, just off his lifetime best swim, while Jake Goguen swam a 1:40.30 to take the fifth spot on SU’s all-time chart. Zach Zenteno’s prelim time of 1:41.15 checked in at seventh on the all-time list.
Taj Mercer’s 4:08.80 in the 400 IM finals is the ninth-best in SU history and took 13th in Friday’s event.
Ben Nussbaum’s 56.37 in the 100 breaststroke finals won the “C” finals, improved his lifetime best and held his sixth-place standing in SU’s rankings.
The 400 medley relay team recorded the seventh-best time in program history. The Redhawks touched in 3:19.83 to finish fifth Friday.
SU will conclude competition at the WAC meet on Saturday. There are six finals slated for the last day of action in Houston-1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay.