McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield’s swim clubs sent off their seniors in great fashion Friday night, downing the Willamette Bearcats by the scores of 132-63 (women) and 123-32 (men) at the Linfield Aquatics Center.
Megan Sandall (Sr., Bellevue, Wash.) was the top performer on the women’s side, coming away with three victories on the night. She was first in the 200-yard IM (2:21.38) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.52). She also anchored Linfield’s winning 200 medley relay (2:00.23). Her time in the 100 breaststroke was the fastest by a Linfield swimmer this season.
Natalie Groat, Catherine Nakamura (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii), Stephanie Longmate and Kimberlee Smith also provided the ‘Cats with first-place efforts. Groat won the 200 freestyle (season-best 2:06.58) and also placed third in the 100 butterfly (1:04.57). Longmate handled the distance events, coming in first in the 500 freestyle (5:41.18) and second in the 1000 freestyle (season-best 11:48.53).
Nakamura placed first in the 100 butterfly (season-best 1:02.97) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:41.53). Smith topped all competitors in the 100 backstroke (season-best 1:07.54) and took third in the 1000 freestyle (12:36.05).
Groat, Nakamura and Rachel Codd (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) were also part of the winning 200 medley relay team.
Lauren Ballinger led the Bearcats with a pair of first-place finishes. She reached the wall first in the 50 freestyle (25.56) and the 100 freestyle (56.12), and also anchored Willamette’s winning 200 freestyle relay (1:50.01).
Linfield was just as dominating on the men’s side. The ‘Cats had a trio of double-event winners in Lee Rivers (Jr., Renton, Wash.), Sean Iwamasa (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Marc Pereira. Rivers took first in the 200 IM (2:07.08) and the 500 freestyle (5:11.25). Iwamasa was first in the 50 freestyle (season-best 24.09) and the 100 butterfly (56.03). Pereira finished first in both the 1000 freestyle (11:45.11) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.14).
The Wildcats also got first-place finishes from Miles Phillips (Sr., Richland, Wash.) and Tyler Huynh. Phillips boasted the fastest time in the 200 freestyle (1:56.35) and was also second in the 100 butterfly (57.97). Huynh, competing in his last home meet, took first in the 100 breaststroke (season-best 1:06.69) and placed third in the 200 IM (season-best 2:13.15).
The men swept both relay events by default, as Willamette did not field teams for either race.
The Bearcats were supported by Chris Whitehead, who finished first in the 100 freestyle (54.19), second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.48) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:18.35).
Five seniors were recognized for their swimming careers at Linfield: Adriana Daoust, Evi Miyasaki, Fatima Valle, Smith and Hunyh.
Daoust took third in the 50 freestyle (29.10) and sixth in the 100 breastroke (season-best 1:24.33). Miyasaki was third in the 200 IM (season-best 2:35.48) and Valle finished fifth in the 50 freestyle (30.23).
NEXT: Linfield gears up for the Northwest Conference Championships, which begin Feb. 25. The three-day meet takes place in Gresham, Ore.
Enjoys last meet at Linfield by winning 100 breaststroke
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