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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -The Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team left the pool empty handed in a Northwest Conference dual for the first time since 2013-2014 as Whitman College snapped the Lutes' streak of 27 consecutive NWC dual wins on Saturday as the host Blues collected the 113-92 victory.
"Today's meet was crazy close. Meets like this are so fun, and brings out great swims in everybody," said Head Coach Matt Sellmen. "As expected both sides were very tight and came down to the closest of point swings and the final relay. The women are disappointed to be coming home with a loss, but showed great toughness and fought hard to get back into the meet after getting into a bit of a hole early."
Kaycee Simpson continued to have a dominating weekend in the pool, winning the 400-yard individual medley by a comfortable 19-second margin, touching the wall in four minutes, 38.53 seconds with Kylie Webb taking the runner-up spot in 4:57.97. Simpson would additionally claim the victory in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking a winning time of 58.30.
Taylor Bingea logged a pair of second place finishes in the long distance events, clocking a time of 18:58.27 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and clocking a 5:33.43 in the 500-yard freestyle. Lauren Kearney collected runner-up finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (25.37) and the 100-yard freestyle (56.08) as did Kiyomi Kishaba in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.49). The Lutes also received second place showings from both relays as the 200-yard medley relay opened the meet by finishing in 1:52.79 while the 200-yard freestyle relay closed out the meet with a time of 1:41.41, finishing less than a second behind the winning relay from Whitman.
The Lutes wrap up the NWC dual meet season next Saturday, making the short trek across town to face the University of Puget Sound.