McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Senior Night was at least a halfway happy affair for the Linfield swim clubs, who split a dual meet against Lewis & Clark Friday at the Linfield Aquatics Center.
Both Wildcat teams led at the first break, but only the men were able to hold on for the victory, topping the Pioneers 111-94. The Lewis & Clark women, meanwhile, came from behind to defeat Linfield by a score of 129-76.
Lee Rivers (Jr., Renton, Wash.) was the only individual double-event winner for the 'Cats, reaching the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.75) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.81). To open the meet, he anchored Linfield’s first-place 400 medley relay team.
Also finishing first for Linfield were Miles Phillips (Sr., Richland, Wash.) and Seth Ruwitch. Phillips won the 200 butterfly (2:05.25) and Ruwitch was the top finisher in the 200 breaststroke, winning by a full eight seconds (2:23.78). Ruwitch was also runner-up to Rivers in the 200 yard individual medley (2:09.71).
Noah Boring and Trevor Schapiro each won two events for the Pioneer men. Boring took first in the 50 freestyle (22.65) and the 100 freestyle (51.17) while Schapiro claimed the fastest times in the 1,000 freestyle (10:38.75) and the 500 freestyle (5:10.85).
Leading the way for the victorious Lewis & Clark women were Monica Castro and Taylor Coiner. Castro won the 1,000 freestyle (11:28.24) and the 200 butterfly (2:20.68) while Coiner took first in the 200 freestyle (2:03.42) and the 200 backstroke (2:22.17). Both were members of the Pioneers’ winning 400 freestyle relay.
The only event won by the Linfield women was the meet-opening 400 medley relay, swam by Kelcie Kimura (Soph., Honolulu, Hawaii), Brandi Halemano (Soph., Honolulu, Hawaii), Katie Main (Sr., Mill Creek, Wash.) and Megan Sandall (Sr., Bellevue, Wash.) in a time of 4:19.39.
Kimura took second in a nail-biter of a 50 freestyle (25.97) and was also the runner-up in the 500 freestyle (5:42.79). Halemano finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:37.91), Main was runner-up in the 1,000 freestyle (11:44.16) and the 200 butterfly (2:20.70) while Sandall wrapped up second place in both the 200 freestyle (2:05.54) and the 100 freestyle (58.35).
Three seniors were honored for competing in their final home meet: Conor Colahan, Melissa Greenaway and Marc Pereira.
Colahan finished fifth in the 200 backstroke and swam in both relays, Greenaway took fourth in both the 1,000 freestyle and the 200 backstroke while Pereira was runner-up in the 50 freestyle, third in the 100 freestyle and swam on the 400 freestyle relay team.
NEXT: The Wildcats travel to Forest Grove for a Saturday afternoon dual meet against Pacific. Action begins at 1 p.m.
Pereira, Colahan and Greenaway
Seniors honored at final home meet
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