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TACOMA, Wash. -The Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming squad closed out the dual meet season in style on Saturday afternoon, besting intracity rival University of Puget Sound 135-108 in a Northwest Conference dual meet.
"It feels good to win against the Loggers," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "Always a great day when we can get a double win against those guys. The team was fired up and swam with intention and toughness. We also had a huge group of Lute family and alumni in the stands so it felt like a home meet and the team swam like it was our pool."
Kaycee Simpson highlighted the day, winning three total events. The first year bested the field in the 200-yard butterfly in two minutes, 8.45 seconds, with teammate Taylor Bingea claiming second in 2:21.22. Simpson prevailed in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.48 while collaborating with Lauren Kearney, Sydney Bishoff, and Aspen Monkhouse to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.56.
Kiyomi Kishaba secured a pair of wins, securing top billing in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:15.22 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.13. Victoria Nguyenle won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:30.78 with Kylie Webb placing runner-up in 2:38.71. Nguyenle additionally was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.71) and 200-yard individual medley (2:18.91).
The Lutes additionally tallied runner-up showings from Taylor Bingea in the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.20) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.89), Lauren Kearney in the 100-yard freestyle (2:03.20) and the 200-yard medley relay team (2:03.20).
"I'm so proud of this program and that we have alumni and family come out in such big numbers. It tells us that we're doing it right, not just with winning a lot, bit in building a family and a culture that lasts and means something to those of us that are a part of it."
Saturday's swim was the last dual meet for seniors Keiko Inouye and Sarah Stafford. The duo have helped the Lutes compile a 27-1 dual meet record over the past four seasons while winning two Northwest Conference Championships.
The Lutes take next weekend off before returning to the pool on Feb. 9 for day one of the Northwest Conference Championships held at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.