FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Megan Sandall, Nikki Overton (Jr., Gresham, Ore.), Lee Rivers and Chris Purdy (Sr., Sublimity, Ore.) all turned in meaningful performances for the Linfield Wildcats on the second day of competition at the Northwest Conference Championships Saturday at King County Aquatic Center.
Sandall turned in a fast swim in Saturday’s preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke, sailing to a 1:06.76 finish. That topped her previous best time of 1:10.22 and was the third-fastest mark in that event in program history. In evening finals, Sandall captured seventh place in 1:07.16. Brandi Halemano (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii) was 13th (1:10.12) and Tori Nickerson (Sr., Oak Harbor, Wash.) was 16th (1:11.98) in the consolation finals.
Overton turned in a season-best time in the 200 freestyle in the morning preliminaries, then bested that effort in the finals. One day after setting the school record in the 500 freestyle, the freshman was timed at 1:57.12 in the 200 freestyle prelims, trimming more than three seconds from her previous fastest time. In the evening, she placed fourth in the conference in 1:56.21, just missing the 21-year old school record of 1:55.76. Wildcats teammate Kelcie Kimura achieved similar improvements in the same event, enjoying a season-best result in the prelims (1:58.67) before shaving more time away in the finals (1:58.42).
On the men’s side, Lee Rivers raced to a 1:45.50 clocking in the 200 freestyle to grab a spot in the finals. The junior finished in eighth place in the Saturday’s finals in more or less the same time (1:45.48). Ian Coker (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) qualified for the consolation finals with a 1:48.44 showing and earned 16th place in the finals in 1:49.92.
Chris Purdy (Sr., Sublimity, Ore.) was the eight-fastest qualifier Saturday morning in the 100 breaststroke. His prelim time of 1:00.82 was more than two seconds faster than his seeded time of 1:03.54. Later Saturday, Purdy placed eighth with a nearly matching time of 1:00.94.
Linfield’s men sit in sixth place, down one spot from Friday, while the women remain in seventh at the nine-team championship event. The Whitworth men and women are comfortably in first place heading into the final round of competition.
The three-day NWC meet wraps up Sunday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 5 o’clock.