FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Whitman Blues women and Whitworth Pirates men swam to the 2019 Northwest Conference title this past weekend in Federal Way. This is the Pirates’ second consecutive title, and the third consecutive title for the Blues. Whitworth finished with a total of 665.5 points after first-place finishes in all five relays and fourteen top-three finishes in ten individual events. Whitman came back on the final day to surpass Linfield with a total of 559 points. The women finished in the top-three in four relay events, finishing first in two, in addition to ten top-three individual event finishes.
Puget Sound’s Kelli Callahan, the individual medalist in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard medley, as well as the 200-yard freestyle, was named the NWC Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year. In a three-way tie, Whitworth’s Ryan Grady and Byron Rossmiller and Linfield’s Noah Cutting were all named NWC Co-Swimmer of the Year for the men. Grady was the individual medalist in the 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breast in addition to swimming a leg in three relay victories. Cutting took first in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly. Rossmiller claimed the individual title in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke and swam in two winning relays.
Linfield’s Vianka Hoyer was named NWC Freshman of the Year after swimming a leg in two winning relays in addition to a second-place 100-yard butterfly finish. Puget Sound’s Brett Kolb was awarded Freshman of the Year for the men after winning the 200-yard freestyle and finishing third in the 1650-yard freestyle. Linfield Head Coach Kyle Kimball was named the Women’s Coach of the Year, and Whitworth’s Steve Schadt was awarded Men’s Coach of the Year
On the final day of the NWC Championships, Linfield’s Evette Dow swam a B-time of 17:33.70 in the 1650-yard freestyle to be crowned the individual champion. Dow was followed by Whitworth’s Cameron Lyon, who claimed second-place with a 17:58.14, and Whitman’s Sarah Davidson, who swam to a third-place finish with a 18:06.03 mark
For the men, Puget Sound’s Dylan Reimers swam a 16:06.27 B-cut to take first over Linfield’s Matt Lemire, who finished in 16:11.79. Logger teammate Brett Kolb took third with a 16:15.14 mark.
In the women’s 200-yard backstroke, Linfield’s Molli Hartzell took first with a 2:04.62 time, with Whitworth’s Hannah Galbraith .26 behind with a 2:04.88. Whitman’s Mara Selznick swam a 2:06.27 to take third.
For the men, Whitworth’s Byron Rossmiller swam a 1:50.44 to take first, followed by a 1:51.14 performance by teammate Eben Schumann. Linfield’s Daisuke Fitial finished in 1:51.76 to take third.
Lewis & Clark’s Kassie Kometani swam the women’s 100-yard freestyle in 52.90 to mark the Pioneers’ first individual title at the Championships. George Fox’s Aspen Monkhouse finished in 53.05 to take second, followed by Calista Skog’s 53.31 time for the Loggers.
Linfield’s Trevor Gourley swam to a first-place finish in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a 45.89 mark. Whitworth’s Owen Lempert and Lewis & Clark’s Andrew Butcher raced head-to-head, with Lempert’s 46.35 mark taking second, and Butcher’s 46.45 time good for third.
Whitman’s Miranda Williams swam a 2:20.94 select first-place time in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke. Whitworth’s Jamie Siegler took second with a 2:25.27 mark, while Blues teammate Becca Hoffman finished third with a 2:31.16.
Ryan Grady swam to a 2:00.57 select time first-place finish in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke for the Pirates, with George Fox’s Drew Johnson finishing second with a 2:07.12. Pirates teammate Jake Davies took third just behind Johnson with a 2:07.51.
Kaycee Simpson swam a 2:04.31 to finish in first-place with a select time in the women’s 200-yard butterfly. Linfield’s Hoyer followed in second with a 2:08.40 mark, and teammate Emily Samudio finished just .01 behind Hoyer with a 2:08.41 finish.
For the men, Linfield’s Noah Cutting swam a 1:48.51 select time in the men’s 200-yard butterfly, outswimming second-place Michael Chang’s 1:52.55 time for the Blues. Puget Sound’s Eli Champagne took third with a 1:54.51
In the final event of the NWC Swimming Championships, the Whitman women claimed the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 3:32.43 finish. The Whitworth men finished first with a 3:06.74
Women’s Swimmer of the Year -Kelli Callahan, Puget Sound
Men’s Co-Swimmers of the Year -Ryan Grady, Whitworth
Byron Rossmiller, Whitworth
Noah Cutting, Linfield
Women’s Freshman of the Year – Vianka Hoyer, Linfield
Men’s Freshman of the Year – Brett Kolb, Puget Sound
Women’s Coach of the Year – Kyle Kimball, Linfield
Men’s Coach of the Year – Steve Schadt, Whitworth