SEATTLE – (March 22) Seattle University men’s swimming made its mark on the SU record books in the 2017-18 season, continuing to improve under seventh-year Coach Craig Nisgor.
On the season, the Redhawks compiled 28 SU all-time top-10 performances, including four new school records. Seattle U clocked a top-10 time in each of the five relays and also had four of the 10 best 200 freestyle efforts in program history. Ninety-four percent of the team put up at least one lifetime best swim.
Nisgor guided the Redhawks to a strong showing at the 2018 WAC Championships. The 800 freestyle relay started the action out strong, setting a new school record on the first night of the event. Mitchell Crossen, Jake Goguen, Zach Zenteno, and Alex Roderick teamed up to touch in 6:39.79, besting a six-year-old SU record.
Senior Jack Baldoni topped his own 100 butterfly record in prelims, claiming an NCAA “B” cut with a 47.39 effort. He finished .01 seconds off the medal stand in the finals of the event.
Morgan Montemayor, another senior, posted a program record in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 48.75 seconds to top his own SU mark. Ryan Shaw was just behind, claiming the second-fastest time in program history (49.83).
On the final day of the conference meet, the 400 freestyle relay broke an eight-year-old school record. The group of Crossen, Greg Raper, Isaac Parker, and Goguen combined to log a 3:01.35 in the finals, taking down one of the oldest marks in the SU record book.
Roderick, Crossen, Goguen, and Zenteno each put up top-10 races in the 200 freestyle at the WAC Championships, as the group overhauled the Redhawks’ all-time list. Roderick led with a 1:39.01, good for third in program history. Crossen and Goguen have the next two times, while Zenteno has the ninth-best showing at SU.
In his senior year, Ben Nussbaum made an imprint on the records books, tallying three top-six times in individual events. He has the third-fastest 200 breaststroke showing, along with the sixth-best time in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
In dual competition, the Redhawks beat Simon Fraser twice, including a 185.5-73.5 beatdown of the Clan on Nov. 4. The margin marks the largest differential in the history of the programs’ meetings.
Seattle U will lose four seniors, as Baldoni, Montemayor, Nussbaum, and Julian Morales will graduate this year.