TACOMA, Wash. – Claiming 21 of 22 events, Pacific Lutheran toppled Linfield in a Northwest Conference dual meet Friday night at the PLU pool. The PLU men won 166-32 while the Lute women came out on top 155.5-49.5.
PLU's Justin Murrell (10:45.36), Alex Baker (10:45.62), and Ramy Carter (11:17.69) swept the top three spots in the men's 1,000-yard freestyle.
PLU enjoyed a 1-2-3 finish in the men's 200 freestyle by Joseph Bowley, Alex Nowjack and Kevin McKay. Bowley posted a time of 1:50.54. Nowjack followed nearly five seconds later (1:55.46). McKay rounded out the top three with a time of 1:56.85.
For the 50 freestyle, PLU's Brian Ruggles (21.78), Basil Whaley (23.11), and Corban Elliott (23.35) claimed the top spots.
Linfield's Lee Rivers (Sr., Renton, Wash.) beat out four Lutes for the top spot in the men's 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.14. His closest competitor was PLU's Cameron Webber, who finished in 2:11.98.
Rivers also snatched third place in the men's 500 freestyle (5:06.01), trailing only runner-up Matt Wehr (5:02.29) and winner Hunter Cosgrove (4:56.14), who captured first place by an impressive margin.
On the women's side, Linfield's Elizabeth Fry (Soph., Bellevue, Idaho) finished six seconds behind Kina Ackerman of PLU in the 1,000 freestyle, with respective times of 11:16.82 and 11:11.88.
Fry finished in a dead heat with Pacific Lutheran's Michelle Hogan for second place in the 50 freestyle (26.26). PLU's Darcie Booth was first (26.07).
Pacific Lutheran's Hanna Armstrong finished first in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.88. Linfield's Nikki Overton (Soph., Gresham, Ore.) pulled in second, completing the race in 2:02.38.
Overton (5:26.42) also netted third place in a tight race against Lutes Hanna Armstrong and Erica Muller. Armstrong claimed first place with a time of 5:23.54, while Muller just squeaked out ahead of Overton with a final time of 5:26.37.
UP NEXT: Linfield heads across town to face Puget Sound in Tacoma at 1 p.m. Saturday. Following the weekend's action, the swim squads enjoy an extended winter break before returning to competition Jan. 17 with a home meet against Lewis & Clark.
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