TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's and women's swim teams are set for the Northwest Conference Championships hosted by Pacific Lutheran at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, from Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14.
The Puget Sound men finished 2-5 in the Northwest Conference, good for fifth place. Whitworth finished the season 7-0, after defeating 6-1 Whitman in the final meet of the year. The Logger women are 3-4 in the NWC, and tied with Whitman and Willamette for fourth place. Pacific Lutheran is in first with a 7-0 mark.
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On the women's side, Sam Anders holds the best time in the conference for the 100 backstoke. She also ranks fourth in the 200 backstroke. Auri Clark is third, and Melisa Kegans is fourth in the 100 butterfly, while Clark is also fifth in the 200 butterfly. The Logger women are second in the 200 medley relay (Anders, Anne Shirey, Clark, and Grace Lawson). The 200 freestyle relay team (Lawson, Alex Koga, Kayla DiMicco, and Kegans), as well as the 400 freestyle relay team (Kegans, Erin Jenkins, DiMicco, and Lawson), are both third in the conference.
On the men's side, Nick Mitchell has the top times in the 500 and 1650 freestyle. Keven Henley is second in the 50 freestyle, while Ian Conery is fourth in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Caleb Van Boven ranks fifth in the 200 breaststroke. Puget Sound's 400 freestyle relay team (Mitchell, Matt Goldberg, Van Boven, and Henley) is third in the conference.
Both the Logger men and women finished fourth at the 2015 NWC Championships. On the men's side, Keven Henley tied for third in the 100 freestyle (46.63). Henley and Matt Goldberg were members of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished second (3:05.40). The women's 400 freestyle relay team, which included Melisa Kegans and Alex Koga, placed third. Pacific Lutheran won the women's title, while Whitman took home the men's title.
Scouting the competition
The Pacific Lutheran women were undefeated this season in dual matches, and hold the top times in 15 out of 18 events heading into the Championships. Whitworth's Jackie Beal, the reigning Swimmer of the Year, heads into this weekend second in the 200 backstroke, and third in the 100 backstroke. Linfield's Evette Dow has the top time in the 500 freestyle, and is second in the 200 and 1650 freestyles.
On the men's side, Wes Walton, who was the Co-Swimmer of the Year in both 2014 and 2015, leads undefeated Whitworth. He leads the NWC in the 200 backstroke, as well as the 200 and 400 individual medleys. Whitman enters the Championships with four individual and three relay leaders. Pacific Lutheran's Joe Bowley holds the top spot in the 200 breaststroke.
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