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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Swimming four events with equal aplomb, sophomore Ian White (Soph., Kailua, Hawaii) stole the show for the Linfield Wildcats Saturday at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships here at spacious King County Aquatic Center.
White nailed down fourth place in the men's 100-yard butterfly, recording best times in both his preliminary (52.57) and final heats (51.79). He competed morning and evening in the 100 backstroke, securing 10th place in a season-best time of 54.41. If that weren't enough, he also swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay and pushed himself 200 more yards on the 800 freestyle relay, the day's final event.
“Ian had a really full day and swam very, very well,” said Wildcats coach Gary Gutierrez. “The last 25 yards of his 100 butterfly prelim was a little off. We talked about how he should correct that. He needed to go out a slower and come back a little stronger. He came back and swam a smart race in the finals.”
Realizing two lifetime bests, Linfield senior Lee Rivers (Sr., Renton, Wash.) raced to a sixth-place showing in the men's 200 freestyle. He clocked 1:44.72 in the morning session before coming back to place in the championship finals in 1:45.11, the two fastest times of his career.
“Lee is having a great meet,” said Gutierrez. “As a senior, he's going out with a bang.”
Nikki Overton (Soph., Gresham, Ore.) earned sixth place in the women's 200 freestyle, swimming to a 1:56.95 clocking. Overton also contributed to Linfield's seventh-place outcome in the 800 freestyle relay.
“As sick as Nikki has been, those were a real gutsy swims,” said Gutierrez.
Maggie May (Sr., Aberdeen, Wash.) notched eighth place in the women's 100 backstroke. May's preliminary time of 1:00.05 was a substantial drop from her season-best time of 1:03.73.
Rising star Elizabeth Fry (Soph., Bellevue, Idaho) was 12th in the 400 individual medley in 4:49.93.
Wildcats freshman Rita Cohen (Fr., Redmond, Ore.) advanced to the consolation finals in the 200 freestyle where she placed 13th. Cohen achieved a lifetime best in the preliminaries in 1:59.78.
Tori Nickerson (Jr., Oak Harbor, Wash.) turned in a season-best effort in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.54, earning four team points. The Linfield junior easily surpassed her previous top mark of 1:13.71.
Sunday's preliminary races start promptly at 10 a.m. with championships on the line in six men's and six women's events.
Nabs fourth in 100 butterfly
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