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TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's swimming team flexed its muscles on Saturday afternoon in front of the home crowd, unseating Northwest Conference rival Whitman College, 107-98, for the Lutes' fifth dual win of the season.
"Great win for the Lutes," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "Our men did something we haven't done in a long time. Took every guy to race well and with heart and guts."
"A tough team can perform well under duress and we always expect the teams we swim this time of year to be tough, so we have to counter that and respond in kind."
The Lutes got off to a strong start with Bryson Baligad, Bennon VanHoof, Paul Jett, and Elijah Singstad combining to win the 400-yard medley relay in three minutes, 5.68 seconds, holding a nearly five second gap on the Blues.
PLU showed its depth in the 50-yard freestyle, collecting 16 points after taking the top three spots. Jacob Goodman secured the win, touching the wall in 22.09 with Dennis Liu finishing second (22.29) while Singstad was third (22.36).
Jett notched his second event win of the day in the 200-yard individual medley, clocking a 2:01.39 while Cody Hartman took top billing in the 200-yard backstroke after touching the wall in 2:00.03.
Liu and VanHoof cemented the PLU victory after securing the top two places in the 200-yard breaststroke. Liu touched the wall in 2:15.08 with VanHoof in close pursuit in 2:16.53.
Collecting runner-up finishes for the Lutes was Cody Hartman in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.02), Bryson Baligad in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.37), and Bradley Jerome in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.81).
"Fatigue is always a factor in January. We train too hard for it not to be but we prepare for that mentally and the challenge it creates."
PLU closes out its home schedule next Saturday, facing crosstown nemesis University of Puget Sound at 1 p.m.
"The win will give us great momentum as we head into next weekend against UPS and into taper and the NWC Championships."