HOUSTON – (Feb. 22) Paige Treff led a big day for Seattle University women’s swimming on the second day of the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. Treff broke her own school record in the 50 freestyle, taking bronze at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston.
“Paige was really solid today,” said Coach Craig Nisgor. “She kept getting faster each time she swam, which is impressive, especially in the 50 (freestyle), where the slightest error can make a huge difference.”
Treff broke her own 50 freestyle school record three times Thursday. In the 50 freestyle finals, the senior swam a 23.09 to collect bronze. Earlier in the day, Treff recorded a 23.14 in prelims. She then led off the 200 freestyle relay with a blazing 23.07 start, again topping her record. She previously set the program mark with a 23.38 at last year’s WAC meet.
The 200 freestyle relay touched third with a school-record-setting 1:33.73 performance. The group of Treff, Allison Plamondon, Jennifer Wong, and Margaux Thompson smashed the previous SU mark by over a second.
“The relay was great,” said Nisgor. “That group has a senior along with two freshmen and a sophomore, so it’s a young group. For them to put up faster splits than ever before is great.”
In the 50 freestyle prelims, Plamondon contributed a 23.85 effort, the fourth-best in SU history. She took 13th in the finals of the event. Wong put up a 23.87 in a 50 freestyle swim-off, taking the fifth-best time in school history.
Darian Himes’ 2:07.51 in the 200 IM prelims marked the fifth-fastest performance in school history. She followed with a 16th-place finish in the finals (2:08.87).
Julia Gorman logged personal bests in both the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle Thursday.
SU will continue competition on Friday, with the finals for the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and 400 medley relay set to take place in Texas.