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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's swimming team established a school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay while Bradley Jerome hit an NCAA B-Cut time on Sunday, wrapping up the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships at the King County Aquatic Center with a fourth place finish.
"Really happy with how we finished the meet. Some really great swims from the team including a handful of new school records and NCAA B Cuts," said Head Coach Matt Sellman.
Bradley Jerome took second billing in the 1,650-yard freestyle, clocking a NCAA B-Cut Qualifying time of 16 minutes, 5.69 seconds. The Lutes closed the meet with a bang, placing runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay as Jacob Goodman, Bryson Baligad, Elijah Singstad, and Paul Jett shattering a school record in the event, touching the wall in 3:07.03 with Goodman also setting a new school mark in the 100-yard freestyle during the relay, clocking a 46.27.
Goodman finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:57.15, leading the charge for the Lutes with James Buchanan finishing seventh (1:57.25) while Baligad was eighth (1:57.33). Jett was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.16 with Singstad taking eighth (47.79) while Dennis Liu was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.55).
The Lutes amassed 448 points in the team standings to place fourth overall, owning a 125-point gap on fifth place University of Puget Sound while finishing 12.5 points shy of third place Linfield College. Whitworth University secured top billing with 665.5 points while Whitman College was runner-up at the eight team championships with 489 points.
"Of course we are disappointed in the final team scores but we can't be disappointed for the season we had. This has been a great team to coach and develop and I will miss seeing them on the deck every day. But the best part was celebrating the seniors and having the bittersweet hugs and 'Much Loves' throughout the night. That is an incredible group of young people that may just change the world someday."
The Lutes return to the pool on Saturday, competing at the Puget Sound Finale.