NWC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Whitman Men and Women Lead after First Day

Whitworth's Owen Lempert edged Linfield's Neirton Oliveira with an NWC-record 20.68 to 20.69 to win the men's 50 freestyle Friday.
Whitworth's Owen Lempert edged Linfield's Neirton Oliveira with an NWC-record 20.68 to 20.69 to win the men's 50 freestyle Friday.

Linfield host website: http://www.linfield.edu/sports/2017nwcswimming

Results: http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/swimdive/2016-17/files/nwcfinals0210.html

 

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Whitman College holds the lead in both the men’s and women’s divisions after the first day of action in the 2017 Northwest Conference Swimming Championships Friday here at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. 

 

In the women’s division, Whitman has 189 points, followed by defending champion Pacific Lutheran University with 158.5, Linfield College 141.5, the University of Puget Sound 120, Whitworth University 104, Lewis & Clark College 91, Willamette University 70, and Pacific (Ore.) 63.

 

In the men’s division, Whitman has 162 points, followed by defending champion Whitworth with 151.5, Linfield 149, Pacific Lutheran 127, Willamette 88, Lewis & Clark 80, Puget Sound 78.5, and Pacific (Ore.) 57.

 

Six records were set during the evening finals.  In the women’s 200 freestyle relay, Whitman set new NWC and NWC Championship meet records with a 1:35.93.  In the men’s 50 freestyle, Owen Lempert of Whitworth edged Neirton Oliveira of Linfield 20.68 to 20.69, establishing new NWC and NWC Championship meet standards.  In the women’s 400 medley relay, Whitman posted new NWC and NWC Championship meet records of 3:52.02.

 

In the morning preliminaries, Lempert had broken the NWC Championship meet record with a 20.74, which he went on to break again in the evening.  Tai Hallstein of Whitman set new NWC and NWC Championship meet records in the women’s 50 freestyle with a 23.31, then went on to win the evening finals with a 23.51.

 

Other women’s champions were Evette Dow of Linfield with a 5:02.18 in the 500 freestyle, and Kaedi Fry of Linfield with a 2:08.35 in the 200 individual medley.

 

Other men’s winners included Whitworth in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:23.76, Dylan Reimers of Puget Sound with a 4:34.72 in the 500 freestyle, Noah Cutting of Linfield with a 1:52.74 in the 200 individual medley, and Linfield in the 400 medley relay with a 3:22.44.

 

Saturday’s preliminaries, which begin at 10:00 a.m., will include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke.