Whitman women, Whitworth men lead after day one; three records fall

Whitman women, Whitworth men lead after day one; three records fall

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Three Northwest Conference records fell on day one of the NWC Championships, which saw the Whitman women and Whitworth men lead after 10 events.

Kelli Callahan of Puget Sound broke the Northwest Conference and the championship meet record in the 200-yard individual medley during her preliminary swim and rebroke her new record in the finals with a time of 2:04.41 on her way to a NWC title.

Whitworth's Owen Lempert broke his own record twice in the 50-yard freestyle, topping his best mark from last year in the prelims before securing a conference title and a new conference and meet record with a swim of 20.54.

The Pirates took down another record, when Patrick Wilber's lead leg of the 400-yard medley relay saw the Pirates backstroker break the conference record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.88. The Pirates won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:21.87.

After day one the Whitman women have scored 176 points and are followed by second place side, Pacific Lutheran with 167.5 points. Linfield was third (131), Whitworth fourth (122.5) and Puget Sound fifth (121). The Willamette Bearcats' 88 points was good for sixth, while Lewis & Clark (87) was seventh and Pacific (Ore.) was eight with 44 points.

The Whitworth men lead with 188 points, with Linfield second with 151 points and Whitman third with 137. Pacific Lutheran was fourth (126), Puget Sound fifth (100) and Lewis & Clark sixth (94). Willamette (68) and Pacific (51) were seventh and eighth, respectively.

Whitman's women (1:36.81) and Linfield's men (1:23.17) won their respective 200-yard freestyle relay heats, while Noah Cutting of Linfield joined Callahan as winners of the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:50.96. Cutting's victory earned him the second 200-yard IM championship of his collegiate career.

Linfield's Evette Dow posted a time of 5:03.43 to win the women's 500-yard freestyle, while the men's race was won by Puget Sound's Dylan Reimers with a time of 4:35.65. Dow's championship was the third of her career, while Reimers' was the second in his time with the Loggers.

Zoë Hill of Whitman became the NWC champion in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.98, joining Lempert as 50-yard freestyle champions. Lempert's title was the second of his career.

Joining Whitworth's men as champions in the 400-yard medley relay was the Whitman women with a time of 3:54.65.

Callahan earned a NCAA select time in the 200-yard individual medley, while Pacific Lutheran's Kaycee Simpson recorded a B-mark with a time of 2:05.97. Cutting's 200-yard individual medley time was a B-mark on the men's side. Lempert's conference record in the 50-yard freestyle and runner-up Clark Sun of Whitman's 20.63 were both B-marks in the event.

Day two of the NWC Championships on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the 400-yard individual medley preliminaries.