Settle Posts Major Win at Pacific Invitational -- October 27, 2002
STOCKTON, Calif., October 26. SEAN Seaver (Sr., Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan HS, Drury University) finished as the fourth-highest scorer to lead the Seattle University men to a first-place finish in the non-Division I division of the two-day Pacific Tiger Invitational, which concluded Saturday afternoon in
Seaver was victorious in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1650-yard free as the Redhawks finished with 756 team points, beating out highly touted University of California-Davis, which finished second with 721. Seaver also took third in the 200-yard butterfly. He finished with 68 points in the meet, just three shy of individual champion Jacob Fraire of Cal State-Bakersfield.
Matt Oram (Fr. Olympia, Wash./North Thurston HS) was also a double-event winner for the Redhawks. He captured the individual titles in both the 200 and 100-yard breaststroke events.
The 200 yard-individual medley also proved to be a strong event for Seattle U. Jonathan Bartsch (So., Billings, Mont./Billings HS) captured first, followed by teammate Cori Bemis (Fr., University Place, Wash./ Curtis HS), who finished just tenths of a second off the pace. The Redhawks also won the 200-yard free relay.
Stanford won the Division I competition easily with 1,085.5 points. Brigham Young finished second with 605 points.
On the women's side, Merceda Rivera (So., Mountain View, Hawaii/Waiakea HS) and Elise Fischbach (Eugene Ore./South Eugene HS) both gave strong performances to lead the Redhawks to a third-place finish with 556 points. Davis won the women's meet with 885.5 points.
Rivera was Seattle U's only individual winner, capturing the 200-yard butterfly title in over three seconds faster than her closest competitor. Rivera also finished second in the 100-yard fly, just tenths of a second away from her second individual championship of the meet.
Fischbach captured second place in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, falling to Davis' Elizabeth Glick in both races.
Cal-Berkley won the Division I women's meet with a score of 852, well ahead of second-place and host school Pacific (632).
The Redhawks will be back in action tomorrow in a dual meet at UC-Davis beginning at noon.