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TACOMA, Wash. -The Pacific Lutheran University men's swimming team showed no signs of rust after a 19-day layoff, returning to the pool by placing second overall at the Logger Invitational on Sunday.
Dennis Liu collected one of the Lutes' three runner-up finishes over the three-day meet, placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke after touching the wall in two minutes, 9.13 seconds. Liu additionally tallied a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.40) while netting fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.94), finishing a split second behind teammate Seth Koivisto (2:01.78).
Paul Jett finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (52.39) with Bryson Baligad one spot back in fourth (52.43). Baligad also logged a pair of fifth place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (22.10) and the 100-yard backstroke (53.64).
Placing third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.81 and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle was Elijah Singstad while James Buchanan finished fourth in both the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.08) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.99). James Bradley was fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:05.31) while Phillip Hecksel was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.81).
The Lutes placed well in several relays with the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.64) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:31.79) both placing runner-up while the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:26.02) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.64) both finished third overall.
"We were really excited about the weekend, performing better than we normally do this time of year," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We've been battling some illness and injury so some people couldn't perform at their peak level because of something holding them back, but the men had a great meet. Some really good early season swims across the board and a strong showing in second place behind Whitworth."
PLU accumulated 684 points in the team standings to finish second overall at the eight-team meet. Northwest Conference rival Whitworth University secured the title with 839 points while Whitman College was third with a team tally of 575.
"We're really excited and looking forward to the day off tomorrow and a little recovery before getting back to the grind as we head into winter training and the final push towards the conference championships."
The Lutes return to training for the rest of the month and return to competitive action on Jan. 5 with a dual meet against Division I Seattle University.