Linfield Wildcats

February 12, 2017
Wildcats 4th; Cutting, Dow, Fry honored
Final Results

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Linfield College freshmen Alexis Murphy (Fr., Kennewick, Wash.) and Noah Cutting (Fr., Salem, Ore.) set school records Sunday in their respective 200-yard butterfly races while winning individual titles at the Northwest Conference Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center.
 
Led by a cadre of young swimmers, both Linfield men's and women's squads finished in fourth place in the final point standings. The women's conference finish marks the squad's highest position since 2003. The men placed fourth for a second straight year, though the Wildcats remained in contention for the team title entering the final day of action.
 
“We laid it on the line the first couple of days," said Wildcats coach Kyle Kimball. "We wanted to set ourselves up to where we could come in here on the third day and compete for a team championship, both men and women.”
 
A total of 17 Linfield records were rewritten over the three-day, eight-team championship event.
 
Cutting was recognized as NWC Co-Swimmer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Evette Dow (So., Salem, Ore.) shared the women's Swimmer of the Year award with teammate Kaedi Fry (So., Bellevue, Idaho).
 
“Our depth wasn't quite as strong as some of the other teams, but we knew coming into the meet our top end was strong and our middle tier people were getting better," said Wildcats coach Kyle Kimball. "Those kids really came in and swam their best times and gave their best effort and moved up into some consolation finals. We came in here and gave it our all.”
 
Murphy blazed to a time of 2:10.17, breaking the previous record of 2:12.16 set by Courtney Johnson in 2006.
 
Dow swam to a third-place showing in the grueling 1,650 freestyle event. Her time of 17:44.92 shaved nearly 23 seconds off her previous best effort.
 
Dow teamed with Tahnijo Kakazu (So., Aiea, Hawaii), Grace Lawson (Jr., McMinnville, Ore.) and Rita Cohen (Sr., Redmond, Ore.) to break the Linfield record in the women's 400 freestyle relay. The foursome timed 3:34.35, eclipsing the one-year-old record of 3:34.78.
 
For the men, Cutting secured his second NWC individual championship. Adding to Friday's victory in the 200 individual medley, he surpassed the Linfield standard of 1:51.56 set by Andres La Rosa at last year's NWC Championships. The mark could be sufficiently fast enough to earn Cutting a ticket to next month's NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
 
Swimming a solo time trial in the 100 backstroke to improve his chances to compete at the NCAA meet, Cutting set a new NWC-meet and school record, racing to a 49.99 finish. That earned the first-year swimmer a NCAA ‘B' qualifying mark.
 
Nine Linfield seniors competed in their final NWC championship event. The list of spring graduates includes Rita Cohen (Sr., Redmond, Ore.), Stacie Cuadro (Sr., Wailuku, Hawaii), Anna Korn (Sr., Bothell, Wash.), Ryan Morgan (Jr., Everett, Wash.), Charlotte Smith (Sr., Olympia, Wash.), Damien Cannon (Sr., Bothell, Wash.), Christopher Hu (Sr., Hilo, Hawaii), Juan Vidal (Sr., Portland, Ore.) and Jon Williams (Sr., Astoria, Ore.).  
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Noah Cutting
Co-NWC Swimmer of the Year