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It was a historic day for the Wildcat Swim team as Sophomore Elizabeth Fry made her mark on the block Feb. 16 at the Northwest Conference Championships. Fry, a biology major from Bellevue, Idaho set the new Linfield Women’s 1650-yard freestyle record coming in at 18:08.91.
“When I swam the mile, I knew it was my last chance to take any time off. So I just wanted to take time off–even if it was just one second. And so, when I looked at the scoreboard…it was a nice feeling.”
After countless hours in the pool, and in the weight room, it was evident that hard work had paid off for Fry as she chopped off a near 12 seconds from her previous personal best of time of 18:20.
“On Monday’s and Wednesday’s I do double swim practices from 6:00-7:30 am and 3:30-5:30 p.m. On Tuesdays I lift from 5:30-6:30 in the morning and we swim in the evenings,” Fry said. “We also have Saturday practices for a total of 11 practices in a week. During practice, I train with the men to push myself and it has made me a faster swimmer.”
Fry’s diligence and commitment to excellence have helped her to excel both inside and outside of the pool– hence her preceding and well deserved “Most Improved Swimmer” and “Most Valuable Swimmer” awards.
“As a swimmer, I’m not afraid to work hard,” Fry said. “In practices, I look at the board and most people are like ‘Oh I don’t want to do that’ but I go in and I do it; I push myself.”
However, Fry notes that she has not done it alone. Her head coach Gary Gutierrez has contributed immensely to her successes as a Wildcat.
“Gary pushes us. He gives us the right sets (in practice). He understands me, and I work well with him.”
On the other hand, Fry’s teammate Sophomore Nikki Overton has also contributed to her achievements. Overton, a nursing major from Gresham, Ore., is Fry’s closest friend and competition as Overton previously held Linfield’s 1650-yard Freestyle race record with time 18:11.26.
“Nikki and I are training partners and best friends. We have similar personalities but we compliment each other,” Overton said. “We push each other and train with each other. I train more and harder because of Nikki.”
Therefore, Fry’s conditioning and dedication made it only appropriate to increase Fry’s responsibility on the team. In the Northwest Conference Championships, Fry swam the 400 Individual Medley, 500 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 free relay, 200 Individual Medley relay, 800 freestyle relay, and the 400 free relay races.
Although she claimed that she did not attain her personal best in any of these races, Fry has found satisfaction this 2013-2014 swimming season. With goals of making a national time and qualifying for the National Championships, there is no doubt that Linfield will be seeing more of Fry in the future.
Casie Gaza/For the Review
The Wetcats have completed their season with the Northwest Conference Championships from Feb. 14-16 at Federal Way, Wash.
Although no one will be continuing on after these meets, many of the swimmers got new personal bests or lifetime best. Freshman Rita Cohen dropped 13 seconds over the season in the 200 meter freestyle and she also broke two minutes on Saturday. Senior Maggie May and junior Tori Nickerson both marked new lifetime bests. Junior Troy Thomas got a lifetime best in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly and the 100 meter freestyle.
“The meet has gone well,” senior Lee Rivers said. “Almost everyone on the team has improved his or her place or gotten best times on at least one of their races. Since we train the whole season for this meet, it is fun to watch all our hard work pay off. “
The team is encouraged to see the improvement that was made during this season, but they aren’t going to focus on that very long. The Wetcats are looking forward to the next semester to make a bigger splash in the conference.
“As far as how this season went, we had a pretty tough season, but I think we came together as a team and swam well,” senior Chris Mapp said. “The experience we had this year is certainly valuable going forward. As for what we’ll be working on next year that’s hard to say, it depends a lot on our incoming freshman. “
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
The Wildcats’ men’s and women’s teams fell to Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound during their Nov. 15 and 16 dual meets.
The men’s team lost 166-32 and the women’s team lost 155.5-49.5 against Pacific Lutheran.
The teams’ meet against Puget Sound resulted in a 149-53 loss for the men and a 137-68 loss for the women.
Both teams have positive attitudes despite their losses, and continue to strive for better times.
“I especially struggled this weekend, but bad meets happen and all you can do is get back to work and train hard for the next one,” junior Ian Coker said.
Coker swam the 200-yard freestyle during the Pacific Lutheran meet with a time of 1:59.08. He also participated in both the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay for that meet.
Although the teams lost overall, several Wildcats excelled in their individual performances.
Senior Leland Rivers and freshman Chris Hu represented the men’s team well at the dual meets.
Rivers won the 200-yard individual medley race during the Nov. 15 meet with a time of 2:06.14, beating the second place swimmer by more than five seconds.
Rivers was also a star of the men’s team’s meet against Puget Sound with his second place 2:02.54 time in the 200-meter freestyle, second place 56.27 time in the 100-meter freestyle, and first place 1:11.95 time in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Hu had a successful meet against Puget Sound, placing first in the 400-meter IM with a time of 5:16.51.
Sophomores Elizabeth Fry and Nikki Overton triumphed in both meets for the women’s team.
Fry placed third and was the top Linfield swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.26 during the Nov. 15 meet and got second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:16.82. Fry also swam in the 500-yard freestyle.
Additionally, she placed first in the 1500-meter freestyle of the Puget Sound meet with a time of 18:59.89, and had a second place finish in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:53.37.
Overton also did well in the dual meets, placing second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:02.38, second in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:15.87, and first in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:02.81.
She raced in a few additional events, including the 200-yard butterfly.
The Wildcats swam their only meter-based meet for the season against Puget Sound, which also added to their exhaustion.
The Wildcats’ losses can be attributed to their small numbers and strenuous workouts, and swimmers see the effects.
“We have been training really hard through these meets so we didn’t have great times. At this point in the season, we’re worn down and we need to just keep pushing through it,” Coker said.
The Wildcats practice hard to improve their times, but this might be hurting their short-term performances.
“They were slow meets for me mostly because of all the stuff we did last week and I’m sore,” freshman Anna Korn said.
Both the men’s and women’s teams swim next at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at home against Lewis & Clark College.
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Linfield’s men’s and women’s swim teams lost both home meets to Whitman College and Whitworth University.
The men’s team lost 157-40 to Whitman and 155-46 to Whitworth, and the women’s team lost 155-46 to Whitman and 128.5-75.5 to Whitworth.
Despite their losses, Linfield swimmers fought hard to overcome exhaustion and their disadvantage as small teams.
“I think I did pretty well during the meets. I feel I can do better because we had morning practice and we were sore and tired,” sophomore Ian White said.
Coach Gary Gutierrez was surprised by the teams’ performance at both meets. “They swam really well, especially for a two-day meet,” Gutierrez said.
The women’s team came close to tying up the score in the meet against Whitworth after the first 10 events with a score of 63-58.
Their success is impressive for such a small team. “Actually, we did really well today [Nov. 9]. The other coaches and I were just talking about how close the women came to the way Whitworth was swimming, who were the conference champs last year,” Gutierrez said.
“We all did pretty well, especially the women. We were really close to beating them for awhile, and the men’s team did pretty well considering their low numbers,” sophomore Elizabeth Fry said.
Although Whitworth and Whitman were tough teams, the Wildcats held their own and shattered PRs in the process.
“I guess you could say it went as well as can be expected against this team. We were going up against one of the number one teams in this conference and we just did what we could,” senior Chris Purdy said.
Numerous Wildcats broke PRs during the weekend meets, including junior Maggie May in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:08.81, freshman Jon Williams in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:18.62, and freshman Shelby Thomas in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.17.
The Wildcats’ progress so far shows their ability to improve, and they have the rest of the season to continue their efforts.
“This season has been better than last year. We’re training a lot harder, we’ve got more morning practices, and we’re just working better as a team,” White said.
The men’s and women’s teams will swim against Pacific Lutheran University at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Tacoma, Wash.
Helen Lee/Photo editor
Linfield’s swim team had their first meet of the year at the Northwest Conference Sprint Meet on Nov. 1, as well as the NWC Relay Meet on Nov 2.
The NWC Sprint Meet was hosted in Tacoma, Wash., by Pacific Lutheran University. Linfield placed in the top 25 in six of the 10 events, and in the top 10 for one of them.
Sophomore Ian White was the star of the show for Linfield, placing eighth in the men’s 50-yard backstroke with a time of 26.25 seconds. He also placed 14th in the men’s 100-yard IM race, finishing with a time of 57.09 seconds.
Sophomore Nikki Overton also did well for the Wildcats, placing 26th twice in the meet for her 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard IM.
Overton was three seconds behind the 100 IM winner Jackie Beal, a freshman from Whitworth University, with a time of 1:06.20, and two seconds behind the winner Tai Hallstein, a freshman from Whitman in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.69 seconds.
Despite their Nov. 2 meet loss, the Wildcats have high hopes for the rest of the season.
“I got a best time in the 100-yard IM and my times for the 50s were OK. It’s still early in the season and I had a really long day on Friday and I think it showed in my races,” freshman Anna Korn said.
Korn placed 37th in the Nov. 1 Sprint Meet in her 50-yard backstroke with a time of 32.14 seconds. She also placed 84th in the 100-yard IM with a time of 1:12.54 seconds.
“My times weren’t as fast as what I was going my senior year of high school but I took the summer off and I’m just starting to get back into it,” said Korn.
Junior Ian Coker also shook off the loss and said, “We had some good performances and got to see how the rest of the conference looked. It was nice to start the season with a low-pressure meet.”
Coker’s 1:00.53 100-yard IM ranked him 45th in the Nov. 1 Relay Meet, and he hopes to improve throughout the season.
“I would like to be a top 16 finisher at conference in the 200-yard freestyle and a top eight finisher in the 1650-yard freestyle. I also hope to get faster and have personal best times in all my events at conference,” Coker said.
The Wildcats have their next meet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at home against Whitman College.
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