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TACOMA, Wash. -Victoria Nguyenle tallied a pair of event victories while Kaycee Simpson prevailed in another but it was not enough as the Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team fell 154-89 to Division I Seattle University in a non-conference dual meet on Friday night at the PLU Pool.
"It was a fun night. Not necessarily on the scoreboard, but in getting back to competition after a really impactful week of winter training," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "It's always fun to swim the 50's and 100's of a stroke. The team was energetic and had great attitudes even while their bodies were screaming at them and it's always a bonus when we can get some quality wins against a Division I opponent. We had quite a few and were really in some close races all night."
Nguyenle's first victory came in the 50-yard breaststroke, besting the field with a time of 32.57 seconds with teammate Danielle Booth in hot pursuit, touching the wall in second place in 32.81. Lauren Kearney also turned in a fast time in the event, clocking a time of 32.67 in the exhibition heat. Nguyenle's second victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke with the sophomore clocking a time of 1:09.74.
Simpson collected the Lutes' third win of the evening, winning the 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.65. Simpson additionally placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking a time of 59.68 and finishing just seven hundredths of a second behind winner Maddie Rapp of Seattle U. The first year additionally logged a third place finish in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 27.80.
Kiyomi Kishaba was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.42 while both the 400-yard medley relay (4:07.44) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:42.99) both pushed the Redhawks to the limits en route to runner-up finishes.
Third place finishers for the Lutes (4-1) included Taylor Bingea in both the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.49) and 500-yard freestyle (5:40.51), Aspen Monkhouse in the 50-yard freestyle (25.44), Sydney Bishoff in the 100-yard freestyle (58.94), and Ingrid Straume in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.65).
PLU has a quick turnaround, returning to the pool at 10 a.m. on Saturday to host Southwestern Oregon Community College.