Seattle Women Sweep Alaska In Two-Day Dual

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November 18th, 2019 College, News

Seattle v. Alaska (W)

Courtesy: Seattle Swimming

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Seattle U women’s swimming dominated day two of its head-to-head at Alaska-Fairbanks tallying seven first-place finishes and sweeping two events in a 120-81 victory over the Nanooks.

Emma McGillEmily Bakewell and Michaela Day went 1-2-3 in the 1650-yard Freestyle. McGill led the way with a time of 18:47.66, while Bakewell and Day touched in at 18:53.03 and 19:17.42 respectively.

The Redhawks also swept the the 100 Butterfly as Bryn Lasher clocked a first-place time of 58.28, while Maddie Rapp, 1:00.75, and Sherlyn Devadason, 1:00.88, took followed at second and third, respectively.

In the 200 Medley, the Seattle U relay quartet of Allison PlamondonDanika Himes, Lasher, and Margaux Thompson took second with a time of 1:51.30. The Redhawks also earned a third-place finish with Jennifer WongIsabella Guadiamos, Devadason, and Marissa Chan checking in at 1:54.65.

The team of Plamondon, Lasher, Audrey Dixon and Gorman also landed a second-place in the 400 Freestyle Relay, while Himes, Chan, Nikki Cooper and Rapp recorded a time of 3:52.08 for a third-place.

Individual success continued for Jayna Van Stone during Saturday’s events, adding two more first-place finishes to her weekend resume, as she won the 200 Backstroke, 2:10.52, and 500 Freestyle, 5:18.22.

In the 200 Breaststroke, Himes and Guadiamos took first and second-place respectively as Himes clocked in at 2:23.90 while Guadiamos posted a time of 2:29.78.

Plamondon and Tessa Oliver also tallied first-place finishes for Seattle U. Plamondon took the 50 Freestyle, 25.20, while Oliver paced the field in the 400 IM with a time of of 4:47.04.

Gorman also added to the Redhawk cause, earning a second-place finish in the 200 Freestyle, 1:59.78, before notching a third-place time, 56.10, in the 100 Freestyle. Dixon and Caitlin Caruso meanwhile registered third-places respectively in the 50 Freestyle, 25.84, and 400 IM, 4:54.92.

The Redhawks resume head-to-head action next weekend when they visit Puget Sound on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Courtesy: Alaska Swimming

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaska Nanooks swim team was swept by Seattle University this weekend as they hosted the Redhawks in their final home meet of the 2019-20 season. After falling last night on Nov. 15, the Nanooks dropped day two to SU, 81-120. This loss drops the ‘Nooks to 0-6, 0-6 PCSC on the season as they take to the road for the remainder of their meets.

The Alaska swim team jumped out to a great start, claiming a win in the first event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay. The team of; Erika KakazuKaia NorbyeOda Bygdnes and Kayla Suominen ran away from the competition, winning the relay with a time of 1:47.66, almost four full seconds ahead of the second place, Seattle University team. The fourth place finishing team was also a group of Nanooks, finishing with a time of 1:57.59. This team consisted of Whitney McArthur, Syd Gulon, Jessica Williamson and Kyleigh McArthur.

Event two, the 1650-yard freestyle, went the way of the Redhawks, but event three was won by Suominen, the freshman Nanook. Suominen grabbed the win in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.78, the only racer to crack the sub-two minute mark. Gulon took third place with a 2:01.74 and Camille Dayton finished fifth with a time of 2:05.77. Seattle went on to take first place in the next four events; the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle.

Kaia Norbye was the next victorious ‘Nooks swimmer in the morning meet. She boasted the best time in the 100-yard freestyle, racing a 53.02, winning the event by more than a second over her teammate, Oda Bygdnes who clocked the second best time at 54.32. Unfortunately the Nanooks fell in two of the final three events, watching Seattle University take the crown in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM before winning the final event, the 400-yard freestyle. The team of Bygdnes, Gulon, Norbye and Suominen defeated the rest of the pack by nearly 10 seconds, racing a time of 3:36.10 as the next closest was 3:46.03. Alexis MattsonKyleigh McArthur, Kakazu and Williamson made up the other competing Alaska relay team and finished in fifth place with a time of 3:58.19.

Head coach Becca Weiland saw a ton of improvement from her team as they reached the mid-way point of their season, “We did a phenomenal job as a team this weekend against Seattle U. We had multiple lifetime-best swims, numerous season-best swims and overall fast swimming. The ladies this weekend stepped up to their A-game and got the job done in the pool. This weekend is setting us up for a successful taper-meet next weekend down in Los Angeles.”

The Nanooks are off to the Pepperdine Winter Invite next weekend from Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24 as they compete and look to qualify for the postseason. The races in Malibu, Calif. will be held at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

For more information on the Alaska Nanooks swim team, follow @NanooksSwim on Twitter, or like the Alaska Nanooks Swim team page on Facebook.

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