Linfield Wildcats
January 19, 2013
Boxers edge Wildcats in NWC dual

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Visiting Pacific captured both sides of a Northwest Conference dual meet over the Linfield Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Linfield Aquatic Center. Pacific beat Linfield 90-84 on the men’s side while the Boxer women topped their Wildcat counterparts 117-75.

Linfield’s top 400-yard freestyle relay squad, consisting of Ian White (Jr., Kailua, Hawaii), Ian Coker (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sean Iwamasa and Lee Rivers, won easily in 3:24.49, well ahead of the Pacific foursome of Paul O’Day, Brandon Hand, Aidan Lindsey and Spencer Chandler (3:35.03).

Coker won the men’s 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:51.88, edging the Boxers’ Gavin Nash (1:54.40) and Dylan Cramer (1:55.64) in 1:51.88.

Iwamasa finished second in the men’s 50 freestyle in 22.85. Pacific’s Jack Lloyd (22.85) beat out Iwamasa and the Boxers’ Spencer Chandler rounded out the top three with a time of 23.62.

White and Chris Purdy (Sr., Sublimity, Ore.) finished second (2:03.24) and third (2:17.58), respectively, in the men’s 200 individual medley. Michael Hargitt from Pacific finished first with a time of 2:01.16. White achieved first place in the men’s 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.23. Pacific swimmer Dylan Cramer finished second in 2:04.59 and Wildcat Aiden Willers was third (2:13.47).

Rivers was the only Wildcat to place among the top three in the men’s 500 freestyle. Rivers finished in 4:57.78 ahead of Kramer Ichimura (5:03.22) and Nash (5:09.71).

The Linfield women’s 400 freestyle relay, which included Kelcie Kimura, Elizabeth Fry (Jr., Bellevue, Idaho), Catherine Nakamura and Megan Sandall out-touched Pacific at the wall. The Wildcats’ winning time of 3:47.27 edged the Boxers quartet of Janae Sargent, Stacie Struble, Allison Clark, and Amanda Clark, which finished the race in 3:47.44.

Linfield’s Nikki Overton (Jr., Gresham, Ore.) captured first place in the women’s 200 freestyle in 2:02.27, ahead of Pacific swimmers Katie Porter (2:04.57) and Stacie Struble (2:06.44).

The Boxers’ Kristine Valdez (26.40), Alex Bing (26.41), and Janae Sargent (27.35) swept the 50-yard freestyle.

Kimura (2:22.29) clocked just under four seconds behind Pacific swimmer Allison Clark (2:18.84) in the women’s 200 IM. Nicole Koch from Pacific finished third with a time of 2:25.62. Kimura also finished the women’s 100 freestyle just .07 seconds behind Porter with respective times of 54.85 and 54.78. Amber Chase of Pacific finished third in 56.41.

Overton (5:29.04) and Fry (5:33.80) finished second and third in the women’s 500 freestyle, topping Pacific’s Amanda Clark (5:18.69).

Sandall finished the women’s 200 breaststroke second place in 2:35.71. Pacific’s Allison Clark won the event in a time of 2:33.48.

NEXT: Linfield faces off against Willamette next Saturday at home in the final tuneup before the Northwest Conference Championships, Feb. 8-10 at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.

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Lee Rivers
Takes top honors in two individual races and one relay

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