Linfield Wildcats

March 17, 2017
Cutting takes 11th in 200 butterfly
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SHENANDOAH, Texas – Breaking his own school record, Linfield's Noah Cutting (Fr., Salem, Ore.) placed 11th in the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly Friday at the NCAA Championships at Conroe ISD Natatorium. Finishing in record time of 1:49.22, the freshman earned his second honorable mention All-America citation. 
A day after swimming to a ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly Thursday night, Cutting was back in the water to compete in two more individual events Friday morning.  
In the morning butterfly prelimiaries, Cutting clocked 1:50.06, just off his then-school record of 1:49.87. A cruel twist to the schedule of events allowed Cutting just 12 minutes to recover before lining up to race in the 100 backstroke. Cutting placed 25th in 50.41, one spot behind teammate Neirton Oliveira (So., McMinnville, Ore.), who was 24th in 50.26.
Victor Brasil (Jr., Fortaleza, Brazil), competing in the 100 breaststroke, swam to a 57.64 showing, placing 32nd.
“Victor put it all on the line for the relays with his fastest splits of the season,” said Wildcats coach Kyle Kimball. “He swam a bit tired today.
“Neirton had a great race strategy but didn't get off the start with his normal speed,” said Kimball. “Noah was out fast in the first 50 yards but tired in the end.”
In all, the four Wildcats, plus alternate Trevor Gourley (So., Philomath, Ore.), leave the NCAA Championships satisfied with having forged new ground for the program. Cutting's two top-16 finishes at the meet produced 14 team points for Linfield, enabling the men to place 28th. It marked the highest team finish at the NCAA meet by any Northwest Conference program – men or women. 

"Noah's race was a great way to end the Linfield swim season," praised Kimball. "We got our 20th school record for the season at this meet. The guys are happy and excited for more next year. Linfield swimming continues our rise!"

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Matthew Hanson, Victor Brasil, Neirton Oliveira, Noah Cutting, Trevor Gourley