Sports & Outdoors



Since returning to their season, the Puget Sound Logger swim teams have been swimming strong.

In their first match back on Jan. 13, the Loggers took on Cal Lutheran and the swimmers brought back a big win.

Both the women’s and the men’s teams defeated Cal Lutheran with the women finishing 723-347 and the men 689-572.

In the Northwest Conference meet against Whitworth on Jan. 23, the male swimmers were unable to hold onto their undefeated status and they lost 113-92.

The female swimmers, however, were able to uphold their undefeated title when they beat Whitworth 117-87.

On Jan. 24, Puget Sound swimmers honored their senior athletes at the final home swimming meet against Whitman.

Senior swimmers Jared Fisk (Elko, Nev.), Brian Gerrity (Half Moon Bay, Calif.), Clayton Jacobson (Newport, Ore.), Lauren Kochanowski (Salem, Ore.), Madison Markel (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Michaela Metzler (Boulder, Colo.), and Melissa Norrish (Denver, Colo.) were all recognized for their hard work and long-term dedication to the team.

The meet ended in favor of the Logger women as they narrowly defeated Whitman 103-102.

Unfortunately the Logger men did not have the same result and fell 134-71 to Whitman.

In the final swimming meet of their regular season both the men’s and women’s swim teams were defeated by their closely matched rivals, the Pacific Lutheran Lutes.

The women’s side of the meet put together the two undefeated swimming teams in the Northwest Conference.

Ultimately, the meet removed the title from the Logger women as they fell 176-86 to the Lutes.

The men were also defeated by Pacific Lutheran, ending with a final score of 175-87.

Although the overall scores of the meet against Pacific Lutheran weren’t in favor of the Loggers as a team, many individual swimmers took victories in their respective events.

Men’s swimmer, freshman Nick Mitchell (Tucson, Ariz.), lead the men’s team, winning the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:09.56, the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:53.60 and the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.52.

Women’s swimmer, senior Melissa Norrish (Denver, Colo.), brought event wins to the Loggers as well when she finished first in all of her races.

Norrish finished the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:15.56, the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.57 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:13.84.

Logger swimming has reached the end of their regular season meets in the Northwest Conference. The women ended their regular season 6-1, placing them as the second seed in the Northwest Conference. The men ended their regular season 4-3 placing them fourth seed.

Both the men and women teams will advance to the Northwest Conference championships where they will be taking on Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University, Whitman College, Whitworth University and Willamette University to compete for the title of Northwest Conference champions.

The meet will take place on the weekend of Feb. 13-15 at Osbourne Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Ore.