McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Whitworth captured both sides of a Northwest Conference dual meet with Linfield Saturday afternoon at the Linfield Aquatics Center. The Pirate men prevailed by a 155-46 count while the Whitworth women topped their Linfield counterparts 128.5 to 77.5
Whitworth's Brandon Smith dominated in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:57.06. His closest competition was fellow teammate Benjamin Gustafson, who finished far behind Smith with a time of 17:31.52.
The Pirates Kyle Wicks finished the 50 freestyle in 22.18. Immediately behind him was the Wildcats' Ian White (Soph., Kailua, Hawaii), who finished .6 seconds behind. White also took second in the men's 100 butterfly (54.22). Wesley Tatum of Whitworth was first (53.19).
In an extremely tight 100 freestyle sprint, Whitworth's Matthew Brody beat out Lee Rivers (Sr., Renton, Wash.) by .2 seconds. Brody finished in 50.19, while Rivers finished in 50.29.
On the women's side, Nikki Overton (Soph., Gresham, Ore.) and Elizabeth Fry (Soph., Bellevue, Idaho) had the only individual victories of the meet. Overton finished the 100 freestyle in 56.36. Her competition, Kori Carpenter, was close behind in 56.62. Fry scored a decisive win in the 500 freestyle (5:29.51). Second place went to Pirate Melissa Callaghan (5:43.15).
Whitworth's Kori Carpenter won the women's 200 freestyle in 2:01.36. On her tail was Wildcat Maggie May (Sr., Aberdeen, Wash.) (2:08.81).
Whitworth went 1-2-3 in the 50 freestyle with Alisa Stang (25.62), Jerusha Dressel (25.92), and Hannah Norris (26.09) taking the top three spots.
Fry claimed a second place in the women's 400 individual medley. Bridget Louis of Whitworth won the event in 4:51.53 while Fry finished in 5:03.55.
UP NEXT: The ‘Cats hit the road for back-to-back road meets. The first comes Friday in Tacoma, Wash., against Pacific Lutheran at 6 p.m. The following day, the Wildcats head across town to face Puget Sound at 1 p.m. After a long winter break, the ‘Cats return home on Jan. 17 for a dual meet against Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m.
100 freestyle winner
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