Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
HILLSBORO, Ore. -The Northwest Conference office doled out its weekly award winners on Monday with Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming student-athlete Kaycee Simpson securing NWC Swimmer of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
Simpson lands the accolade after winning all six of her races over the weekend, helping the Lutes (4-0) pummel both Willamette University (162-43) and Linfield College (117-88). The first-year from Graham, Washington native was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team on Friday night, joining up with Kiyomi Kishaba, Victoria Nguyenle, and Danielle Booth to win the event in one minute, 53.35 seconds. Simpson would also tally victories in both the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.72) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.32) in Friday's win over the Bearcats.
The first year continued to dominate on Saturday, collaborating with Kishaba, Booth, and Sydney Bishoff to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:09.80 before securing wins in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.58), and 200-yard butterfly (2:12.65). Simpson has now won all 12 NWC dual races she has competed in, along with winning the NWC Sprint Pentathlon and three races at the NWC Relays. Her early season domination has already earned a spot in the record books, establishing a new school record in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.12) back on Nov. 3 against Pacific University, shattering a record held since 1995.
This is the second time the business major has won NWC Swimmer of the Week, previously claiming the honor back on Oct. 30.
The Lutes are idle the rest of the month before heading across town to compete at the Logger Open on Dec. 1-3.