Updated Season Bests
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Linfield sophomore Ian White (Jr., Kailua, Hawaii) captured two individual events and was the runner-up in a third event, highlighting a fast day of racing against the Pacific Boxers in a Northwest Conference dual meet Saturday at Forest Grove Pool.
White emerged as the top finisher in the men's 200 freestyle (1:53.50) and 100 butterfly (55.20), while placing second in the 500 freestyle (5:25.24).
Lee Rivers earned the Wildcats' only other first-place result in the men's 100-yard freestyle. Rivers' time of 50.62 edged Pacific's Patrick Daniels' mark of 50.69 by an eyelash. Rivers also achieved third in the 100 breaststroke, clocking 1:05.23.
The Linfield women saw a number of runner-up performances. Freshman Rita Cohen (So., Redmond, Ore.) turned in a season-best showing in the 200 freestyle (2:05.16), Elizabeth Fry (Jr., Bellevue, Idaho) was more than three seconds faster than her previous best in the 400 individual medley (5:00.41), Maggie May shaved .06 seconds off her time in the 100 butterfly (1:04.76), and Tori Nickerson (Sr., Oak Harbor, Wash.) grabbed another second place ribbon in the 100 freestyle in 58.67.
Overton, Cohen, Alicia Parks (So., Eugene, Ore.) and Charlotte Smith (So., Olympia, Wash.) combined for a victory in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.23. A second Linfield relay, composed of Jami Kenny, Anna Korn (So., Bothell, Wash.), Emma Englehart and Nicole Paulachak, took second place in 1:58.09.
May, Smith, Nickerson and Caitlin Duffner (Jr., Issaquah, Wash.) turned in season-best showing in the 200 medley relay, turning in a mark of 2:04.05.
Other notable performances Saturday included Troy Thomas (Sr., Portland, Ore.), third in the 1,650 freestyle (20:11.25); Christopher Hu (So., Hilo, Hawaii), third in the men's 400 IM (4:52.77) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.71, season best); A.J. Wagoner (Sr., Clackamas, Ore.), second in the 100 backstroke (59.08); Parks, fourth in the women's 100 freestyle (1:02.90); and Cohen, fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:10.17).
Pacific prevailed on both sides of the NWC dual meet scoring ledger, taking the men's scoring 112-64 and topping the women's tally 137-65.
AHEAD: Linfield visits Willamette Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final tuneup prior to the NWC Championships, Feb. 14-16, at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.