Seattle U Women’s Swim Controls Friday Meet at Whitworth


The Seattle University women’s swim team won 10 of 11 events Friday night as the Redhawks defeated Whitworth University, 149-55, at the Whitworth Aquatics Center.

Seattle U started with a 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay, with the quartet of Maddie Dickman (Sacramento, Calif.), Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Kelly Hartman (East Wenatchee, Wash.) winning with a time of 3:58.14. In the 1000 freestyle, Allie McGavock (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) finished second with a time of 11:10.72, followed by Emily Breyer (Tualatin, Ore.) in third place in 11:12.81.

Three Redhawks earned two individual wins during the meet, including Hartman, who won the 50 freestyle in 24.91 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 55.36 seconds. Hartman led a Seattle U 1-2-3 finish in the 100 freestyle, as Sidney Pinger (Tualatin, Ore.) finished second in 55.75 seconds and Dickman finished third in 56.35 seconds. Also, Stephanie Bayless (Spokane, Wash.) posted a time of 55.43 seconds in the 100 freestyle as an exhibition swim after finishing third in the 50 freestyle in 25.78 seconds.

Wittenauer-Lee won the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.83 seconds, just ahead of Kaitlyn Overstreet (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) in second place in 1:00.85. Wittenauer-Lee then cruised to a 5.23-second victory in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:04.85.

Swimming in her hometown, Madi Lydig (Spokane, Wash.) picked up her first win of the meet in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.32, ahead of freshmen Celeste Salopek (Farmington, Conn.) in second place in 1:59.89 and Emily Gough (San Clemente, Calif.) in third place in 2:00.50. Lydig won the 500 freestyle in a season-best time of 5:12.12, with Liggett finishing in second place in 5:19.18. Lydig also wrapped up the meet by anchoring the 400 freestyle relay, joining with Paige Treff (Orland, Calif.), Salopek, and Gough for a winning time of 3:45.24.

Kate Sabourin (Santa Rosa, Calif.) won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:41.15, ahead of Pinger in second place in 4:46.96. Annika Perry (Reno, Nev.) touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.81, just ahead of Gough in second place in 1:01.31.

Seattle University (6-3) will face Whitworth again Saturday, Jan. 9, starting at 12 noon.

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