Idaho Wins 12 Of 14 Events, Defeats Seattle

Seattle U vs. Idaho

Courtesy: Idaho Athletics

SEATTLE – The University of Idaho swimming and diving team earned their first win of the young season on Saturday with a dominant 189-72 road victory over Seattle University.

The Vandals posted wins in 12 of the 14 total events, and also took second place in 10 events. With the victory, Idaho improved to 1-1 in WAC competition.

“This was a great team effort with contributions from seemingly every class,” said Head Coach Mark Sowa. “We took our lumps a couple of weeks ago and learned some good things. This is a long journey that is still in its early stages, but our upperclassmen are really helping to steer this ship. I look forward to seeing what we can become in the next couple of months.”

Idaho was led by junior Alexa Teneyck, sophomore’s Zoe Froh and Ani Husaby, and freshman Laura Fernandez-Rodriguez, who each won two individual events throughout the day.

The Vandals jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning the first seven events of the morning. Kaling PhungHolly KeirRylie Jones, and Ella Haskins won the 200-yd Medley Relay with a time of 1:49.22 to start the morning, with Husaby, Rodriguez-Fernandez, Emma Stahl, and Natalie Crocker finishing just behind their teammates (1:51.42) to ensure a 1-2 Idaho result.

Next, Teneyck followed up her teammates’ strong relay swim by winning the individual 1000-yd Freestyle (10:49.23). She was followed closely by freshman teammate Amelia Buyers, who came in second with a 10:57.06 time. Later in the day, Teneyck would also win the 500-yd free with a time of 5:17.45, fending off freshman teammate Sarah Shaffer, who took second (5:18.11) and earned another 17 points for Idaho.

In the 200-yd Freestyle, junior Rylie Jones took first-place with a 1:56.00 swim, scoring 20 points for the Silver & Gold. She was pushed by junior Kaling Phung, who touched the wall just after Jones, with a time of 1:56.69.

The Vandals then went 1-2-3 in the 100-yd Backstroke, with sophomore Ani Husaby finishing first (58.88), followed by Morgan Votava (1:00.41) and Haylee Buyers (1:01.35). The strong finishes earned 53 points for Idaho in that event alone. Later in the day, Husaby also took first in the 200-yd Backstroke (2:07.81). This time, Buyers took second (2:10.65) and Votava took third (2:15.09), good for another 53 points.

Freshman Laura-Rodriguez Fernandez continued her early season success, winning both the 100-yd (1:07.07) and 200-yd (2:23.16) Breaststroke events. Junior Holly Keir came in third in the 100-yd event (1:08.32), and took second in the 200 (2:24.32).

Zoe Froh (2:10.67) and Bindi Pedersen (2:13.42) finished first and second, respectively, in the 200-yd Butterfly. Froh would also go on to win the 200-yd IM (2:10.54), posting a very fast 30.15 in the final 50-yd free to hold off Seattle’s Danika Himes.

Ella Haskins swam her fastest time of the season, 24.98, to win the 50-yd Freestyle, earning another 20 points for the Vandals. The freshman from Seattle followed up that swim by taking third in the 100-yd Free, posting a time of 54.37.

In the final swim of the day, Idaho’s 200-yd Freestyle relay team of Crocker, Haskins, Stahl, and Jones took first with a time of 1:39.54.

WHAT’S AHEAD

The Vandals return home to the UI Swim Center on Saturday, November 13, where they will host Grand Canyon in WAC competition. The event begins at 10:00 AM.

Courtesy: Seattle U Athletics

SEATTLE  – The Seattle U Redhawks finished off their first home meet of the second, earning two individual event titles and four second-place finishes. Sammy Mosier had both individual wins for the Redhawks against Idaho, winning the 100 Free (53.47) and 100 Fly (58.83).

Mosier’s 100 Free time was a new season best for the freshman. Cassie Koester also had a new season best for the Redhawks in the 500 Free with a time of 5:26.49.

Danika Himes had another impressive meet, finishing second in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:07.98 and second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.73.

Allison Plamondon earned a second-place finishing in the 50 Free with her time of 25.14 and was also a part of the 200 Free Relay team that swam a 1:40.86. That team of Mosier, Plamondon, Emilia Culberson, and Anna Edwards finished second in the relay.

The Redhawks also took third-place finishes in the 1000 Free (Koester, 11:02.21), 200 Free (Mosier, 1:57.29), 200 Fly (Isabella Guadiamos, 2:16.11), and 200 Breast (Himes, 2:25.62).

The Redhawks remain at home, hosting Puget Sound next on Saturday, November 13 at 11:00 am, with both the men and women competing.

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