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SALEM, Ore. – Maggie May (Sr., Aberdeen, Wash.), Nikki Overton (Soph., Gresham, Ore.) and Lee Rivers (Sr., Renton, Wash.) all won two individual events for Linfield, which wrapped up its dual meet season Saturday against the Willamette Bearcats at the WU Natatorium.
May recorded season-best times in winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.30) and 200 backstroke (2:17.71). Overton took first place in her specialty events, the 200 freestyle (2:01.92) and the 500 freestyle (5:32.75). Fry won the 1,000 freestyle (11:31.45) and was second behind Overton in the 500 freestyle (5:33.41). Linfield's Caitlin Duffner (Soph., Issaquah, Wash.) was third (5:55.10) to complete a 1-2-3 Wildcats sweep.
Nickerson captured the 200 breaststroke by nearly two full seconds, blazing to a season-best time of 2:34.57. She also followed May to the wall as runner-up in the 200 IM (2:21.54, season-best).
Rivers raced to a season-best clocking of 1:52.02 in the 200 freestyle, winning the event by more than six full seconds. The Wildcats senior was also first in the 500 freestyle (5:05.90), beating the next closest competitor by seven seconds.
White showed his versatility with a winning mark in the 100 freestyle (49.61) and a runner-up effort in the 1,000 freestyle (10:49.70).
Other notable performances by Linfield athletes were recorded by Jade Boyd (Soph., Keizer, Ore.), third in the women's 1,000 freestyle (12:44.30); Duffner, second in the women's 200 butterfly (2:30.06); Anna Korn (Fr., Bothell, Wash.), third in the women's 200 backstroke (2:35.27); and Christopher Hu (Fr., Hilo, Hawaii), second in the men's 200 butterfly (2:14.56).
The Bearcats prevailed on both sides of the Northwest Conference dual. The WU women edged Linfield 102-101 with a thrilling finish in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The men's outcome was wider, with the Bearcats prevailing by a score of 119-69.
COMING UP: Linfield heads to the NWC Championships Feb. 14-16 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Two season-best times
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