Whitworth Men & Women Lead after Day Two of NWC Swimming Championships

Whitworth Men & Women Lead after Day Two of NWC Swimming Championships

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Whitworth men and women lead after day two at the 2019 NWC Swimming Championships. The women currently have 199 points, while the men total 238.5 points.

The Whitworth men captured both the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay titles on Thursday night, finishing with a 1:31.28 and 6:49.92, respectively.

The Linfield women swam to a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:45.47 time to outswim second-place Whitman, who finished in 1:46.34. The Blues took down the Wildcats later in the night in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a 7:45.51 finish. 

In Friday’s finals, Linfield’s Evette Dow took first-place in the 500-yard freestyle for the fourth year in a row with a personal best 5:01.00 finish. Whitworth’s Cameron Lyon finished in second with a 5:10.92, while Whitman’s Abbey Felley took third-place with a time of 5:11.03. 

Whitworth’s Ryan Grady swam to a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:36.06 time, beating last year’s champion Dylan Reimers of Puget Sound, who finished in second with a 4:35.95. Linfield’s Matt Lemire took third just .01 seconds behind Reimers at 4:35.96. 

Puget Sound’s Kelli Callahan swam to her second NWC Championship 200-yard individual medley victory with a 2:05.25 time, outracing Pacific Lutheran’s Kaycee Simpson’s second-place time of 2:07.50. Linfield’s Kaedi Fry took third with a 2:08.53 finish.

In the men’s 200-yard individual medley, Linfield’s Noah Cutting edged teammate Daisuke Fitial’s 1:54.99 time to take first for the third year in a row with a 1:52.42 finish. George Fox’s Drew Johnson finished in third-place with a 1:55.18 time.

In a tight race, Aspen Monkhouse swam to the first NWC individual title for the Bruins in the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.71 time. Whitworth’s Jamie Siegler took second with a 23.94 time, with Linfield’s Tahni Kakazu just .03 behind with a 23.97. 

Whitworth’s Owen Lempert set a NWC all-time record in the 50-yard freestyle for the men with a 20.49 time, beating his previous all-time record of 20.54. Linfield’s Trevor Gourley placed second with a 20.81, while Eben Schumann took third for the Pirates in a 20.90 finish.

Closing out Friday evening with the 400-yard medley relay, the Linfield women look home the title, setting an all-time NWC record with a 3:51.71 finish. The Whitworth men took first with a 3:21.24 time.

 

Team Rankings (at conclusion of day 2)

WOMEN

School  Pts.
Whitworth 199
Whitman 187
Linfield 186
Pacific Lutheran 149
Lewis & Clark 137
Puget Sound 130
Willamette 97
George Fox 88
Pacific (Ore.) 54

 

MEN

School Pts.
Whitworth 238.5
Linfield 171
Whitman 155
Puget Sound 148
Pacific Lutheran 118
Lewis & Clark 113
Willamette 103
George Fox 102.5
Pacific (Ore.) 60