TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound is hosting the 2019 Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, Feb. 7-10, at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Building off of titles
Following last year's NWC Championships, Kelli Callahan was named the NWC Women's Co-Swimmer of the Year. Callahan set the NWC records for both the 200-IM and 400-IM, and she claimed a third NWC title by winning the 100 breaststroke. Dylan Reimers earned two individual NWC titles last year: One in the 1,650 freestyle and the other in the 500 freestyle.
Last year, the Puget Sound women placed third overall in the NWC Championships, while the Logger men placed fifth. At the end of the 2018-19 regular season, the Logger men are 4-4 (5th NWC), while the women are 5-3 (5th NWC).
Season's top times
Entering the Championships, Kelli Callahan holds the NWC's fastest time this season in the 200 IM medley (2:08.15) and the 400 IM (4:31.02). Calista Skog has the conference's top time in 100 freestyle (53.11). In men's races, Brian Kolb holds the second-fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:41.17), the 1,000 freestyle (10:04.34), and the 400 IM (4:14.50). Matthew Cole has the third-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle (21.45), while Dylan Reimers ranks third in the 1,000 freestyle (10:11.86).
Whitman is the defending NWC women's championship team, and Whitworth aims to defend its NWC men's title. Whitworth is the only undefeated men's team in the NWC this season (8-0), while the Whitman women (6-1-1) are narrowly behind first-place Pacific Lutheran (7-1) in the NWC standings. The Linfield men hold a 7-1 NWC record this season, and its women's team is 6-2. The Pacific Lutheran men are 6-2, and Whitman is sandwiched between