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TACOMA, Wash. -Depth proved to be the deciding factor on Saturday afternoon as the Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team extended its Northwest Conference dual meet win streak to 26 with a 117-88 victory over Linfield College inside the PLU Pool.
First-year Kaycee Simpson accounted for three of the Lutes' (4-0) five event victories on the day. Simpson along with Kiyomi Kishaba, Danielle Booth, and Sydney Bishoff won the 400-yard medley relay, stopping the clock in four minutes, 9.8 seconds. Simpson additionally tallied victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.58) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.65), closing the weekend a perfect six-for-six in her races.
Victoria Nguyenle nabbed the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke, boasting a winning time of 2:31.12 while the Lutes wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay with Bishoff, Lauren Kearney, Sarah Stafford, and Booth clocking a 3:45.91.
"It was a great team win," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We definitely looked tired and struggled to finish the longer races but we swam tough and like we wanted to win and the end result proved true."
While winning just five of the 11 events, the Lutes utilized depth to its advantage with six runner-up finishes and 10 third place finishes.
"It's great to finish this first few weeks undefeated as the team and we're excited to work into Thanksgiving break and get ready for the Logger Invite in early December."
PLU takes a breather for the rest of the month before diving back into its competitive schedule on Dec. 1, competing at the Logger Open.