PARKLAND, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound swimming teams took home both the men’s and women’s titles at the Northwest Invitational this weekend. On the women’s side, the Loggers cruised to victory with 528 points while the men just held off Whitman 472-463 for the team title.
On the first day, the Loggers jumped out to the team lead with the help of six first-place finishes. Derek Frenzel led the way with the 500 free and 200 fly titles. He just outtouched Kevin Dyer of Whitman with a wining time of 4:53.47. Dyer finished at 4:53.75. His second win in the 200 fly came by a large margin as he finished a 1:57.75, nearly seven seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
Frenzel was also on the Loggers’ 400 medley relay team, which took home the Loggers only relay title of the day. Teale Kitson, Zack Zaharchuk, Frenzel and Adam Ganz recorded a winning time of 4:31.29.
Four Loggers from the women’s swim team also won their respective events. Tracy Wormwood posted a 1:10.03 in the 100 breast to win the event by .07 seconds. Maggie O’Rourke earned the Loggers next individual title in the 100 free. O’Rourke improved on her preliminary time by 1.31 seconds to capture the win with a time of 56.44. Ava Williams finished 1-2 with O’Rourke in the 100 free, finishing just behind at 56.81.
Caitlin Fuller captured the 200 fly title in the six-team meet for a Logger sweep of the event. She posted a time of 2:16.88 to win by over two seconds. Moments later, Frenzel captured the men’s title in the event.
After the first day, the men’s team held the team lead with 247 points while the women’s team also held a sizeable lead in the team standings with 269 points.
The Logger women continued to pull away from the competition with two more individual wins and a win in the 200 medley relay. Womwood and Kenzie Kitson posted back-to-back victories in the 200 breast and 100 back, respectively. Wormwood posted a winning time of 2:31.27 while Kitson edged out a victory in the 100 back with a time of 1:02.20. Kitson outtouched her opponent by just a tenth of a second.
The women also used a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 fly to help pull away. Fuller, Mariah Snowden and Kelsey Elizondo finished consecutively in the Logger dominated event.
On the men’s side, the Loggers needed every point out of four event wins to stay in front of Whitman. The Loggers swept the relay events, posting victories in the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay to bookend the day.
The Loggers also posted a pair of key performances with a 1-2 finish in the 100 fly. Jere Jeremikj won the event with a time of 53.44 and was followed closely by Frenzel in second at 53.84.
Teale Kitson posted another Logger victory in the 100 back with a time of 55.56. Kitson just edged out the victory by .03 seconds over Joel Cowley. Ganz was one one-hundredth of a second away from yet another Logger victory in the 50 free. He posted a time of 22.48 in the finals but Jamie Nusse was just the split second faster at 22.47.
In the end, the Loggers victory in the 400 free relay sealed the deal and the Logger sweep of the Northwest Invitational.
The Loggers will take next week off from competition but jump back into the pool Dec. 3-4 for the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.