Pirates, Blues continue to lead; Callahan wins twice, breaks another record

Pirates, Blues continue to lead; Callahan wins twice, breaks another record

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The Whitworth men and Whitman women continue to lead after day two at the NWC Championships, which also saw Puget Sound's Kelli Callahan break her second conference record of the weekend and win her second and third individual conference titles.

The evening session began with the Whitman women and Whitworth men winning their respective 200-yard medley relay heats. Whitman touched the wall in the women's race at 1:46.06, while the Pirates' men's side finished at 1:31.98.

Callahan opened the evening sessions individual events with a victory in the 400-yard individual medley, which ended with the Logger touching the wall with a conference record time of 4:25.51, surpassing the previous mark of 4:30.30 set at the 2017 championships by Linfield's Kaedi Fry. 

Ryan Grady of Whitworth won the men's 400-individual medley at 4:02.36, securing a NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Pacific Lutheran freshman Kaycee Simpson put in a strong performance to win the 100-yard butterfly with a provisional qualifying time of 56.57. The men's butterfly saw Linfield's Noah Cutting post a select time of 48.64, while Eben Schumann of Whitworth recorded a provisional mark of 49.14.

Evette Dow of Linfield won her second-straight 200-yard freestyle championship touching at 1:54.67, while Clark Sun of Whitman won his third conference title in the 200-freestyle when he touched with a provisional time of 1:40.16.

Callahan's second title of the evening and third of the weekend was in the 100-yard breaststroke, where she finished with a time of 1:05.05. Owen Lempert of Whitworth won his second title of the weekend with his 100-yard breaststroke win, finishing at 57.40.

Mara Selznick recorded a NCAA select time in her 100-yard backstroke title winning swim of 56.31, while Hannah Galbraith of Whitworth notched a provisional mark of 56.97.

Patrick Wilber of Whitworth became a multi-time 100-yard backstroke conference champion when he finished the finals with a time of 48.91.

Whitman swept the 800-yard freestyle relays, with the women finishing at 7:44.65 and the men touching at 6:55.61.

At the conclusion of 24 events, the Whitman women lead with 414 points, while Pacific Lutheran sat second at 367.5. Puget Sound was third at 319, Linfield fourth at 294 and Whitworth fifth at 268.5. Lewis & Clark holds 218 points was sixth at the conclusion of day two, while Willamette was seventh at 204 and Pacific (Ore.) was eighth with 99.

The Whitworth men lead with 465, while Linfield is second at 351 and sat third with 311 points. Pacific Lutheran's 306 is good for fourth, with Puget Sound fifth at 213 and Lewis & Clark sixth with 210. Willamette was seventh on day two at 193, while Pacific was eighth at 113.

The final day of the NWC Championships begins on Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m., finals are set to begin at 5 p.m.