by Craig Russell | Staff Writer
The Whitworth swim team took 1st place for men’s and 4th place for women’s this weekend in a three-day meet at University of Puget Sound.
The men started this meet off in the lead, winning the 200-yard medley relay and placing third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley was swam by Jake Davies, ‘21, Owen Lempert, ‘20, Eben Schumann, ‘19 and Patrick Wilber, ‘18. They won by under a second. Though Puget Sound won the 800 freestyle relay, the Whitworth team of Jacob Butler, ‘20, Davies, Ryan Grady, ‘21 and Byron Rossmiller, ‘20 took third, gaining the pirates 32 points. Whitworth score at the close of Day 1 was 124, 10 points over the second place team of Pacific Lutheran with a score of 114.
The women’s team ended day one in 6th place. They placed 5th in the 200-yard medley relay and placed 3rd in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley was swam by Olivia Cox, ‘20, Marissa Gibson, ‘20, Jane Holmes, ‘19 and Molly Vagt, ‘21. The 800-yard freestyle was swam by Emma Boles, ‘20, Elizabeth Dressel, ‘20, Hannah Galbraith, ‘20, and Jamie Siegler, ‘21. The women’s team ended with 68 points.
Day two ended with the men increasing their lead and the women moving up to 5th. The men’s team placed 2nd in the 200-yard free and 1st in the 400-yard medley. The women’s team placed 8th in the 200-free and 5th in the 400-medley. Rossmiller and Wilber took 1st and 2nd in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, while Grady and Davies took first and fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Whitworth men ended the day at 486, now 57 points ahead of Pacific Lutheran. For the women’s team, Galbraith took 1st in the 200-yard backstroke and Vagt took 1st in the 500-yard freestyle. The women ended day two with a score of 272, 34 points behind Whittier College. Puget Sound ended in first with 418 points.
Whitworth men pushed their lead all the way to 155 points on the final day. Wilber, Schumann and Rossmiller swept the 400-yard individual medley taking first, second and third place. Whitworth also swept the men’s 50-yard freestyle with swimmers Lempert, Wilber and Schumann taking all top three places. Vagt won the 1650-yard free, raising her personal record by nearly thirty seconds. The women finished the meet with a total of 461 points, moving them up to fourth place.
The next swim meet will be held at Seattle University on Saturday Jan. 6. The next home meet is Friday Dec.19th, against Pacific Lutheran.