Swimming glides past Linfield and Willamette to keep NWC record
Loggers’ swimming had an excellent weekend on the road, following two wins over Pacific and Lewis and Clark last weekend. On Friday Nov. 9, Puget Sound faced off against the Willamette Bearcats.
Both the men’s and women’s teams came away with victories on the Puget Sound side. On the women’s side, the Loggers captured the top spots in nine out of 11 events to win the overall meet 138-62. Senior Ava Williams (Eagle River, Alaska) won the 1,000-yard freestyle (with a time of 11:36.10) and 100-yard breaststroke (with a time of 1:15.10) events.
Senior Mariah Snowden (Altadena, Calif.) took the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.97, and freshman Samantha Anders (Olympia, Wash.) captured the first place finish for the Loggers in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:55.63. Sophomore Melissa Norrish (Denver, Colo.) took the 100-yard freestyle event with a winning time of 56.86, and freshman Auri Clark (Juneau, Alaska) won the 100-yard backstroke event, coming in at 1:03.43.
Freshman Brianna Greenwood (Meridian, Ohio) became the sixth Logger swimmer on the women’s team to win an event, coming in first at 5:45.97 in the 500-yard freestyle event. The Loggers also captured both the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relays.
On the men’s side, Puget Sound clinched the top finish in seven out of 11 events to win the meet 130-72. Junior Derek Frenzel (Moscow, Idaho) led the way for the men’s team with three event wins in the meet. In the 1,000-yard freestyle event, Frenzel came in first with a time of 10:03.69, almost a full minute and a half before the second-place finisher from Willamette came in at 11:20.96.
Frenzel also came in first in the 400-yard IM event with a time of 4:21.68, 18 seconds before the second place Willamette swimmer finished. Frenzel then went on to capture the first place spot in 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 50.21.
Junior Teale Kitson (Durango, Colo.), senior Aleksander Jeremikj (Skopje, Macedonia), sophomore Clayton Jacobson (Corvallis, Ore.) and freshman Aiden Loewen-Thomas (Salem, Ore.) took the first place finish for the Loggers in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:42.15.
Loewen-Thomas came away with the win in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 23.74, and Jeremikj finished first in the 500-yard freestyle event as well. The Loggers finished out the event in style, capturing the first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Saturday, Nov. 10, Puget Sound took on the Linfield Wildcats. Both teams came away with victories; while the men’s team remains undefeated, the women’s team currently maintains a record of 4-1.
On the women’s side, Norrish came away with two event victories under her belt, one in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.12) and another in the 200-yard butterfly (2:17.34). Senior Ann Barrington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle event with a time of 11:38.28, and Williams won the 50-yard freestyle event, coming in at 26.49.
Anders captured the first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke event with a time of 2:16.26, and Wormwood followed up with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:35.20. Anders, Wormwood, Clark and Norrish also teamed up to win the 400-yard medley relay for the Loggers, with a time of 4:12.32.
On the men’s side, the Loggers started off the meet by capturing the 400-yard medley relay. Kitson followed this up with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle event, coming in at 10:22.85. Jeremikj also won an event, coming in first in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:49.33.
Freshman Kevin Henley (Evanstown, Ill.) came through in a big way for the Loggers with wins in the 50-yard freestyle event (with a time of 22.29) and the 200-yard backstroke event (coming in at 1:59.33).
Frenzel also won two events for Puget Sound, coming in first in the 200-yard butterfly (with a time of 1:57.62) and the 500-yard freestyle (clocking in at 4:52.46) events. Jacobsen brought home a win for the Loggers with a winning time of 50.97 in the 100-yard freestyle event, while Jeremikj also captured the first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle event, clocking in at 1:49.33. To end the meet, the Loggers edged out the Wildcats in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:24.68.
The Loggers, coming off a conference title-winning 2011-2012 season, are primed and ready to bring their “A” game to conference meets this year.
“I would say our performance against Willamette and Linfield really showed how much work we have been putting into our training,” Frenzel said.
“Everyone was involved in some pretty good races this weekend and I thought we did a nice job of staying tough and finishing our races strong. We are at a point in our season where we are doing a lot of speed work and being able to perform well in a meet after having a hard week of training is a great way to show how well we’re doing,” he added.
“The results show that we’re moving in the right direction and we’re in a great position to do well at the Husky Invitational in a couple weeks, which is our biggest meet of the semester.”
Puget Sound swimming will look to continue their streak next weekend in Southern California, where they will take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.