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SPOKANE, Wash. -The Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team extended its Northwest Conference dual meet win streak to 27 on Friday night, dispatching host Whitworth University in a nailbiter, 113-92.
Taylor Bingea prevailed in the 1,000-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 11 minutes, 24.36 seconds, owning a nine-second advantage on runner-up Allison Kulikowski of Whitworth. The Lutes would go one-two in the 50-yard freestyle with Lauren Kearney taking the win in 25.27 followed closely by Danielle Booth (25.58). Kearney additionally spearheaded a one-two-three finish in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 56.69 followed by Sydney Bishoff in second (57.54) and Sarah Stafford in third (57.91).
Kaycee Simpson claimed the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.71, winning the event by nearly five seconds while also claiming the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 2:11.07.
PLU finished the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:49.69 while also logging a second place showing in the 400-yard medley relay (4:07.32) to begin the meet.
"It was a rough night," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We had a good outlook and attitude all night, but we didn't perform very well in the water as a whole. We did have a handful of great swims but we're still working to get our 'post winter training bounce back.' We are hoping for better results tomorrow at Whitman."
Bingea finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:35.69) as did Victoria Nguyenle in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.42).
The Lutes return to the pool on Saturday afternoon, facing Whitman College at 1 p.m. in Walla Walla, Washington.