HOUSTON – Seattle University men’s swimming travels to the 2019 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships this week. SU will take on five other teams for medals at the CRWC Natatorium from Feb. 27-Mar. 2.
In the 50 freestyle, Greg Raper ranks sixth in the WAC. The junior notched a 20.34, second-best in program history, on Feb. 2 at the Redhawk Center. Isaac Parker stands 14th with a 20.80 in the same event, while Ian Keane is 17th with a 20.83 performance. Their times are eighth and ninth, respectively, all-time at SU.
Raper’s 48.98 showing in the 100 butterfly is good for sixth among WAC swimmers. Freshman Milan Saric ranks 13th with a 49.57 time earlier this season, while Shawn Fujii is 15th with a 49.76 effort. Their times are eighth and ninth, respectively, in SU’s history.
In 100 freestyle, Raper’s time of 45.40 seconds stands 12th this season.
Freshman Juan Varela has the sixth-best 1650 freestyle showing in the conference at 15:57.08. The time is fourth-best in school history.
Jack Neton, a sophomore, enters the meet with the 10-fastest 200 breaststroke time at 2:03.69.
Varela has the 15th-fastest 500 freestyle time in the WAC this season. He tallied a 4:37.95 at the Husky Invite. Zach Zenteno (4:39.19) and Ryan Ascencio (4:39.45) are ranked 17th and 18th, respectively.
In the 200 freestyle, Alex Roderick’s 1:40.70 is good for 13th this season. Ryan Shaw checks in at 15th in the 100 backstroke, having logged a 51.43 time. He is also 15th in the 200 backstroke with a 1:51.91.
Ascencio has the 15th-best 200 butterfly time among WAC swimmers this season, having touched in 1:52.04, good for ninth in school history.
At the 2018 WAC Championships, the 400 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay both set school records.
The competition begins on Wednesday with the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay.