Linfield Wildcats
February 11, 2017
Women's relay highlights NWC's second day
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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Kaedi Fry (So., Bellevue, Idaho) and Evette Dow (So., Salem, Ore.) successfully defended their Northwest Conference individual titles and Neirton Oliveira (So., McMinnville, Ore.) shared a championship he won outright last year, helping the Linfield Wildcats remain among the contending teams on both sides of the ledger Saturday during the second day of action at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center.

Collectively, the Wildcats set four new individual records and two relay records. 
 
The Wildcat women own third place behind Whitman and Pacific Lutheran heading to Sunday's final day. Linfield's men slipped to fourth place but remain in a tight race for the team championship with Whitman, Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.
 
“Our team did an outstanding job today of doing their best and scoring a lot of points,” said Wildcats coach Kyle Kimball. “We're in a battle for a team championship and it's the first time since I've been here that we'll come in on a Sunday talking about perhaps winning a team title.”
 
Dow repeated as 200 freestyle champion (1:53.64), out-swimming the closest competitor by more than two seconds.
 
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the foursome of Dow, Fry, Erin Nelson (Jr., The Dalles, Ore.) and Tahnijo Kakazu (So., Aiea, Hawaii) became the first Linfield women's relay squad to secure a championship in 20 years. The Wildcats cut nearly 10 seconds off their best time to top Whitman, setting a new school record in the process.
 
Fry, successfully defended her crown in the 400 individual medley, notching a NCAA provisional ‘B' qualifying mark. Her time of 4:30.30 broke her own school record set last season, edging runner-up Shanley Miller of Whitman by more than eight seconds.
 
Freshman Molli Hartzell (Fr., McMinnville, Ore.) established a new Linfield record in the 100 butterfly, placing second overall (58.31). The McMinnville native sliced 1½ seconds off her previous best time while eclipsing the record held by senior Rita Cohen (Sr., Redmond, Ore.).
 
In the men's 100 backstroke preliminary race, Oliveira blazed to a conference-meet and school-record effort of 49.80. Oliveira cut more than a second off his fastest time of 50.95 while notching a NCAA ‘B' qualifying mark. In the finals, Oliveira finished in a dead heat for the championship, tying Whitworth junior Patrick Wilber, both clocking 49.81.
 
In the men's 200 medley relay, Oliveira teamed with Noah Cutting (Fr., Salem, Ore.), Victor Brasil (Jr., Fortaleza, Brazil) and Matthew Hanson (So., Mercer Island, Wash.) to capture the championship in a school-record time of 1:30.93, holding off Whitworth, which finished in 1:32.39. The time also qualified as a NCAA provisional mark.
 
Cutting was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (49.11), but registered a provisional mark nonetheless. He cut more than a half a second off his previous best mark.
 
Trevor Gourley (So., Philomath, Ore.) claimed second place in the 200 freestyle (1:42.53), trailing only two-time champion Clark Sun of Whitman. Brasil came short of repeating as 100 breaststroke champion, instead placing third (57.43) behind PLU's Dennis Liu and Whitworth's Owen Lempert.
 
Cutting, Gourley, Oliveira and Juan Vidal (Sr., Portland, Ore.) started strong but slipped to second place in the 800 freestyle relay behind surprise champion Puget Sound. The Wildcats' time of 6:57.82 trimmed more than three seconds off their previous best. Swimming the leadoff leg, Cutting set broke the 200 freestyle record.
 
“The relays were a strong point for us again and that's been our focus all year,” said Kimball. “I couldn't be prouder of our women's relay. They were awesome.”
 
Action continues Sunday morning with preliminaries in five events starting at 10 a.m. Finals start at 5 p.m. with the crowning of five individual titleists and one relay champion.

 
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