Swimming/Diving

SU Women’s Swim Defeats Northern Colorado, Simon Fraser

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The Seattle University women’s swim team picked up key victories during Thursday night’s season-opening meet, including a win in the 200 freestyle relay, to clinch dual meet victories over Northern Colorado, 105-100, and Simon Fraser, 112-93, at the Connolly Center Pool.

The meet started with the quartet of Katie Rottman (Phoenix, Ariz.), Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Paige Treff (Orland, Calif.) winning the 400 medley relay in 3:56.84, just 28/100ths of a second ahead of Northern Colorado. The Redhawks needed to defeat the Bears in the 200 freestyle relay as well, with Treff, Kristin Hoffman (Mercer Island, Wash.), Kelly Hartman (East Wenatchee, Wash.), and Maddie Dickman (Sacramento, Calif.) accomplishing the feat with a time of 1:39.11.

Treff blazed to a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.18 seconds, followed by a convincing victory by Wittenauer-Lee in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.49, over four seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. However, some near-misses by the Redhawks allowed their opponents to come back, starting with Liggett finishing second in the 100 butterfly to Simon Fraser’s Alicia Kim by just 8/100ths of a second (58.23 to 58.31).

Hoffman was out-touched in the 100 freestyle by Northern Colorado’s Sydney Kovar by 4/100ths of a second (54.21 to 54.25), and then the Bears and the Clan both defeated the Redhawks in both the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle. Northern Colorado took a short lead after Leilani Herrera posted a time of 1:04.98 in the 100 breaststroke, 1/100th of a second ahead of Wittenauer-Lee, but the Redhawks responded in the final event to earn its first dual-meet victory over a Western Athletic Conference rival since joining the conference in 2012.

“That last relay showed that we have the ability to step up and get the job done. It was a really close race across the board, and it showed us that we have to stay focused on the details. Getting out there and racing for the first time this season, some people are not as crisp as they need to be, but we will keep working on that,” Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said.

Madi Lydig (Spokane, Wash.) finished second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:42.30, and Hoffman finished third in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.77. Northern Colorado picked up four overall event victories as it defeated Simon Fraser as part of the double-dual meet, 112.5 to 92.5.

After having some fun Saturday, Oct. 17, in the alumni meet starting at 11 a.m., the Redhawks return to competition next weekend with back-to-back meets against Grand Canyon and Loyola Marymount in Phoenix, Ariz. The meets take place Friday, Oct. 23, starting at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m.

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