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Another Sweep for PLU in Conference Swimming Dual

Another Sweep for PLU in Conference Swimming Dual

PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran made it two consecutive sweeps as both the men's and women's teams defeated the visiting Pacific Boxers on Saturday afternoon in Northwest Conference swimming action at the PLU pool.

The Lutes men defeated Pacific, 128-73, and the women picked up a big victory with a 117-89 decision.

"The women really showed up and swam incredibly well, beating a team, that on paper, we shouldn't have," PLU head coach Matt Sellman said. "They showed a lot of heart and toughness, especially after a very tough week of strength training and intense water work.  Our depth proved to be very good."

Men: PLU 128, Pacific 73

Less than a day removed from taking a convincing win over visiting Lewis & Clark, the men's team again showed that it is on the way to becoming a Northwest Conference power by winning seven of the 11 events.

As it did yesterday, PLU started the meet with a victory from Basil Whaley, Brian Ruggles, Daniel Simons and Chase Mesford in the 200 medley relay (1:40.92), and ended it with a win from Simons, Phil Rempe, Tyler Meade and Whaley in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.69).

For the second consecutive meet, Ruggles won a pair of individual events for PLU. The freshman took the 50 freestyle (22.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.49).

Also winning events for the Lutes were Chase Mesford in the 200 freestyle (1:49.72), Rempe in the 100 butterfly (54.74) and Whaley in the 100 backstroke (55.69).

Event winners for Pacific were Gavin Nash in the 1650 freestyle (17:23.76), Michael Hargitt in the 200 individual medley (2:04.66), Jack Lloyd in the 100 freestyle (48.52), and Kramer Ichimura in the 500 freestyle (5:03.05).

Women: PLU 117, Pacific 89

The Boxers boast some of the top individual talent in the conference, and that was evident in six event victories for the visitors. Depth proved to be the deciding factor for the victorious Lutes, who had a trio of 2-3-4 individual event finishes.

That depth also showed up in the first and last events where PLU finished first and third and took 13 of 17 points in both the 200 medley relay (1:56.27) and 200 freestyle relay (1:43.15). The winning medley unit consisted of Michelle Hogan, Rachel Althauser, Toni Castillo and Kelly Jernigan, while the freestyle team included Hanna Armstrong, Melissa Dean, Hogan and Kristin Neuneker.

Individual event winners for PLU were Armstrong in the 200 freestyle (2:01.93), Castillo in the 100 butterfly (1:00.58) and Nicole Schalk in the 100 backstroke (1:03.92). Schalk led a 1-2-3 PLU sweep in the 100 backstroke as she was followed by Natasha Sioda and Darla Avis to the wall.

Pacific swimmers taking first were Amanda Clark in the 1650 freestyle (18:39.50) and 500 freestyle (5:22.43), Katie Porter in the 50 freestyle (25.43) and 100 freestyle (55.51), Allison Clark in the 200 individual medley (2:20.92), and Alex Bing in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.25).

The Lutes are on the road for conference dual meets next weekend, swimming at Linfield at 6 p.m. Friday and at Willamette at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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