Grand Canyon Sweeps Seattle U, Loyola Marymount in Weekend Triad Meets

Grand Canyon, Loyola Marymount vs. Seattle U

  • Oct. 18-19, 2019
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Results

Courtesy: Grand Canyon Athletics

SEATTLE — The Grand Canyon women’s swimming team earned a sweep in a pair of triad meets against Seattle U and Loyola Marymount this weekend. The Lopes beat the host Redhawks 104.5-99.5 and the Lions 162-42 on Friday and repeated the success Saturday with a 104-100 victory against Seattle and a 150-54 rout of LMU. This is the fifth consecutive year that the GCU women have won against both teams.

Day 1

GCU took either first place or second place in 10 of the 11 events at the Redhawk Center.

The Lopes won first place in three individual freestyle events and a relay. GCU senior Talita Te Flan won the 1,650-yard freestyle (17 minutes, 52.0 seconds) while sophomore Emily Muteti placed first in the 50 freestyle (24.66), and freshman Kelsey Andrusak won the 100 freestyle (53.53).

Muteti, senior Salma Zaitoun, freshman Briana Rittenbach and Andrusak teamed to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.51, which clinched the victory against Seattle in the final event.

The other top Lopes finish on Day 1 was a Rittenbach win in the 100 backstroke (58.43).

Day 2
The Lopes placed either first or second in nine of the 11 events on the second day, when the action moved to Federal Way, Washington.

The freestyle events were dominated again by the Lopes with wins from Te Flan in the 1,000 freestyle (10:44.80), Andrusak in the 200 freestyle (1:54.38), Muteti in the 50 freestyle (24.16) and the 100 freestyle (53.56).

Rittenbach, junior Alyssa Christianson, Muteti and Andrusak won the 400 medley relay in 3:55.51.

Andrusak won her fifth event of the weekend in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.14.

Up next, the Lopes will have a break until their home opener against Air Force, Idaho and New Mexico State on Nov. 8-9 at Fr. Edward Reese Aquatic Center in Phoenix.

The Grand Canyon men’s swimming team gave a dominant performance this weekend with a pair of dual road wins, 136-69 and 139-66, against Seattle U. This is the fifth consecutive year that GCU won at Seattle.

Day 1
The Lopes dominated Day 1 with eight first-place finishes in 11 events Friday at Connelly Center.

GCU, the defending WAC champion, opened the meet against conference foe Seattle with a win as sophomore Mazen Shoukri, sophomore Florent Janin, freshman Amir Haviv, and freshman Omar Elsayd won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 32.9 seconds.

Shoukri, sophomore Samuel McKenzie, freshman Griffin McKean, and Elsayd won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:06.08.

Both of the relays were dominated by the Lopes with a time of 1:32.9 in the 400 medley relay by Shoukri, Janin, Haviv, and Elsayd. GCU finished Day 1 with a win in the 400 freestyle relay by Shoukri, McKenzie, McKean and Elsayd in 3:06.08.

Four of the solo freestyle events found GCU victories. Sophomore Alonso Carazo Barbero won the 1,650 freestyle in 16:12.23, McKean won the 200 freestyle in 1:43.21, McKenzie won the 100 freestyle in 45:97 and freshman Mikhail Lyubavskiy earned first place in the 500 freestyle in 4:38.60.

Sophomore Kainan Coerin won his first event of the season in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.91 and junior Asahi Nagahata added a victory in the 100 backstroke in 58:86.

Day 2
The Lopes followed its first-day victory with several strong performances Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. Out of the 11 events, 10 were GCU victories.

The freestyle events were swept by GCU with wins by Carazo Barbero in the 1,000 (9:44.75), McKenzie in the 200 (1:42.19) and 100 (45.61), Shoukri in the 50 (21.07), senior Wiktor Jaszczak in the 500 (4:43.98) and Janin, McKean, Carner and Elsayd won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.50.

Senior Eran Ber, Haviv, Shoukri and Elsayd won the 400 medley relay in 3:25.45. McKean won the 200 butterfly in 1:55.57 and junior Cameron Carney prevailed in the 200 backstroke in 1:55.48. Nagahata earned first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.66.

Up next, the Lopes have a break until their home opener on Nov. 8-9 at Fr. Edward Reese Aquatic Center in Phoenix.

Courtesy: Seattle U Athletics

Seattle U women’s swimming split its home opener on Friday at the Redhawk Center, as it cruised past Loyola Marymount, 171-33, but fell 104.5-99.5 to Grand Canyon.

“There were some great races and went down to the last event,” said Redhawks head coach Craig Nisgor. “We were in it, but a few tenths [of a second] here and there and we could have won the meet.”

The Redhawks opened the meet day by winning the 200-yard Medley Relay as the quartet of Nikki Cooper, Danika Himes, Bryn Lasher, and Margaux Thompson combined for a time of 1:50.24.

The Redhawks also posted a second and third-place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The team of Jayna Van Stone, Julia Gorman, Audrey Dixon and Allison Plamondon recorded a 3:37.73 time, while the foursome of Isabella Guadiamos, Alexa Hoeper, Maddie Rapp and Marissa Chan followed and checked in at 3:45.21.

Himes then went on to individual wins in the 200 IM and 100-yard Breaststroke, finishing at of 2:07.99 and 1:05.39, respectively.

Lasher also collected full points for the Redhawk cause edging out a one-hundredth of a second win in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 58.46 before notching a third-place finish in the 50-yard Freestyle at 25.53.

Alexa Hoeper also squeaked out a pair of victories in the 1,650-yard and 500 Freestyle events. In the 500, Hoeper posted a 5:15.87, nine-tenths better than next closest in the field, after finishing two-tenths faster in the 1,650 with a time of 17:57.20 earlier in the day.

The 200 Freestyle went to Van Stone with a time of 1:56.97.

Guadiamos took third-place in the 100 Butterfly as she touched at 59.36, while Plamondon recorded times of 25.01 and 57.76 during the 50 and 100-yard Freestyle events respectively, as she tallied second-place finishes.

Seattle U men’s swimming fell to Grand Canyon, 136-69, in its home opener at the Redhawk Center.

“Thought things went pretty well for the first home meet of the year,“ said Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor. “We were in it for a well but they [Grand Canyon] pull away towards the end. We had some great races against the conference championship, but will have to tighten some things up tomorrow.”

In the relays, the Redhawks tallied a pair of third-place finishes in the 200-yard Medley and 400 Freestyle. The quartet of Jaden Weiss, Jack Neton, Emmett Moore and Tyler Goodspeed recorded a time of 1:36.89 in the Medley, while Connor Barringer, Alex Roderick, Milan Saric and Zach Zenteno combined for 3:17.02 in the Freestyle.

Greg Raper edged out a  pair of come-from-behind wins in the 50-yard Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, register respective times of 21.34 and 51.05 to help.

In the 1,650-yard Freestyle, Max Chesno clocked in at 16:23.77 while teammate Justin Kalugin touched at 16.23.91, finishing at second and third respectively.

Will Corona won the 200 Individual Medley as he checked in at 1:53.71, 2.63 seconds faster than the next in the field. He also took added a third-place finish in the 100 Freestyle finishing the event in 47.46.

Roderick also picked up a third-place in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:45.09.

The two squads will face-off again tomorrow beginning at 11 am from the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Courtesy: Loyola Marymount Athletics


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