Swim teams fall behind one stroke at home despite efforts
The Wildcat men’s and women’s swim teams competed in two swim meets Nov. 9 and 10 at home.
Facing off with the University of Puget Sound on Nov. 10, the Wildcats started the meet with the women’s 400-yard medley relay. Linfield finished second with a time of 4:18.62. The men’s team also placed second in the same event with a time of 3:45.86.
Freshman Nikki Overton pulled into second place in the 200-yard freestyle and was out-touched by less than half a second with a time of 2:01.5. Following closely behind Overton was senior Megan Sandall, who finished the race in 2:06.00.
In the men’s 200-yard freestyle, freshman Ian White placed second, finishing the race in 1:51.98.
Sophomore Tori Nickerson pulled ahead in the women’s 200-yard individual medley, finishing first with a time of 2:21.08.
Earning another win for the Wildcats was junior Lee Rivers in the men’s 200-yard individual medley, who finished the race in 2:03.25.
Overton also placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.83 seconds.
Sandall pulled ahead by eight seconds to gain the lead, earning first place with a time of 5:35.88.
Also placing first for his event was sophomore Chris Purdy, winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.36.
Overton, Sandall, sophomore Kelcie Kimura and freshman Elizabeth Fry were a part of the winning women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing almost 15 seconds ahead of UPS, with a time of 3:45.69.
Despite the persistent effort of the Wildcats, the Loggers won the meet.
In the previous meet on Nov. 9, the Wildcats competed against Pacific Lutheran University.
One major win for the Wildcats included the women’s 200-yard medley relay, which out-touched the Lutes lead team by two tenths of a second.
Sandall was also tied for first in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with PLU’s Toni Castillo.
Sophomore Kelcie Kimura also earned first place in the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.35 seconds.
Rivers placed first in the men’s 500-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 5:05.33.
Also placing in first was sophomore Brandi
Halemano in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, finishing the race in 1:12.00.
Even though the Wildcats earned first place in several events, the Lutes pulled ahead and won the meet.
Despite challenges, the Wildcats have been working hard to improve.
“The past two or three weeks for us have been very active,” Rivers said. “We had the all-conference relay and sprint meets two weekends ago at Pacific and Lewis and Clark, then Whitman and Whitworth, and now PLU and UPS, training hard the whole time.
“The team has also been sick, but everybody has worked through it, we even got some people back in the pool who have been out sick or injured,” Rivers said.
“We’ve shown a lot of team chemistry and resilience on a number of issues lately. We’re strong.”
The team as a whole is working toward new goals every meet.
“We always have our scholastic goals in mind, but mainly [our goal is] to work as hard as we can to make sure we preform well individually and as a team at conference,” Rivers said.
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Sophomore Ryan Thompson competed in the 200-yard breaststroke during the meet against University of Puget Sound on Nov. 10. Thompson placed fifth in this event, with sophomore Chris Purdy taking the first place spot.