SEATTLE – (June 5) Coach Craig Nisgor and Seattle University men’s swimming have announced the addition of eight freshmen to its roster for the 2018-19 season.
Ryan Ascencio, Kyle Bailey, Giovanni Copioli, Colby Evenson, Tyler Goodspeed, Chang He, Milan Saric, and Juan Varela have signed with SU for its Class of 2022.
“We have an extremely strong men’s class coming in this year,” said Nisgor. “Every event is covered with these eight and that is something that we have not had from a freshman class in a long time. Ryan and Juan have already done times that would be ranked in our all-time top 10 and would score at our conference meet. Everyone else in the class is right on the verge of that as well. This class has been improving at a tremendous rate and we are excited to see what they can do next year.”
Ascencio is a native of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. He swam for Mission Viejo Nadadores for 10 years and competed at Trabuco Hills High. Ascencio swam at junior nationals and won the 200 butterfly at the 2016 Junior Olympics. He set two school records at Trabuco Hills.
Bailey, a Mercer Island native, swam for King Aquatic Club and Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club. At Mercer Island High, he helped the Islanders qualify for the state championship all four years of his career. Bailey was All-KingCo First Team as a senior and an All-KingCo Second Team choice three times.
Copioli is from Rockwall, Texas. He competed for Rockwall Aquatics Center of Excellence (RACE) for five years and swam at Rockwall-Heath High. He helped RACE qualify for sectionals and was a member of two relay school records teams.
Evenson, a native of Salem, Ore., swam at Sprague High and for Corvallis Aquatic Team. He claimed all-conference four times and was a nominee for Mid-Valley Swimmer of the Year twice. Evenson holds three Sprague High individual records, along with a pair of relay records.
Goodspeed is from Burien, Wash. He was a member of Central Area Aquatics for the last two years and competed at Seattle Christian School. Goodspeed was a four-time state qualifier and claimed silver on three occasions at the state meet.
Chang He attended Central Valley High and swam for Couer d’Alene Area and Spokane Area Swimming on the club circuit. He earned his team’s “Tough as Nails” Award twice and totaled the most points on his team in 2016.
Saric is a Spokane native. He also swam for Coeur d’Alene Area after competing for Spokane Area. In high school, Saric swam for Central Valley High. He earned Coeur d’Alene Area’s most improved award this year.
Varela, from San Jose, Calif., swam for Santa Clara Swim and attended Abraham Lincoln High. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner, helping his school qualify for the Central California Swim postseason four times.