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Swim teams dive into first conference meet

The Logger swim teams fared well in their first conference tournament. Friday’s tournament was a pentathlon in which points from five seperate swimming events were combined to result in an overall winner.

In the first races, Sophomore Jere Aleksander (Skopje, Macedonia) finished 1st  out of the men’s team in the 100 yard IM with a time of 56.70 seconds, good enough for 5th  overall. Freshman Derek Frenzel (Moscow, Idaho) and Sophomore Max Cohen (Albuquerque, New Mex.) were right behind him in 6th and 7th place overall.

In the women’s race sophomore Ava Williams (Eagle River, Alaska) finished 1st out of the Loggers and 12th overall with a time of 1:05.50. Junior Maggie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) finished behind her in 20th, sophomore Tracy Wormwood (Elk River, Minn.) in 21st, freshman Maggie O’Rourke (Los Angeles, Calif.) in 23rd and senior Jessie Kuwada (Bellevue, Wash.) rounded out the top 25.

In the 50 yard butterfly, Williams again led the women’s team, taking 6th with a time of 28.61. On the men’s side of things, Aleksander took 2nd place with a time of 24.45, and right on his heels was Cohen with a time of 24.57 and finishing 3rd. Not far behind in 5th was Frenzel with a time of 24.85.

The Loggers had a great showing in the 50 yard backstroke, with two members from the men’s and women’s team finishing in the top 5. Frenzel finished fourth with a time of 26.08. Freshman Teale Kitson (Durango, Colo.) finished in 5th place with a time of 26.26. On the women’s side of things, Kuwada finished in 4th with a time of 29.16 and Kitson finished 5th in 29.46.

In the women’s breaststroke, Wormwood came in 1st with an impressive 32.68. The next Logger to place was sophomore Jessica Jaynes (Denver, Colo.) in 25th. On the men’s side senior Jack Zaharchuk (Portland, Ore.) led the men’s breaststroke efforts finishing in 8th with a time of 29.64.

Freestyle also had a great showing for the Loggers. O’Rourke and Williams took 4th and 5th places respectively on the women’s side. On the men’s side Aleksander took 5th and Adam Ganz tied for 2nd.

Overall, Puget Sound placed second in the pentathlon. Aleksander and Williams led the Loggers in overall results, finishing 3rd and 9th respectively.

Saturday’s matches were all relay style. The first race was the women’s 300 yard backstroke relay where the Puget Sound team took second with a time of 3:06.10. In the men’s 300 yard backstroke, Puget Sound took first with a time of 2:46.00.

In the women’s breaststroke relay, Puget Sound took 5th with a time of 3:41.33 just barely losing to the 4th place team by an eighth of a second. On the men’s side of the race, Puget Sound took 5th also with a time of 3:21.03.

In the 300 yard medly relay the women’s team took 3rd place and the men’s team took 2nd. In the 900 yard freestyle relay the women’ took 2nd and the men’s and women’s team took 2nd. The final event of the weekend was the 400 mixed medley relay race in which Puget Sound took 2nd place.

Overall Puget Sound placed 3rd in the relay portion of the meets this weekend.