Willamette Falls to Whitworth in Men's and Women's Swimming

Pirates Achieve Northwest Conference Wins

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Whitworth University defeated Willamette University in men's and women's swimming on Friday, Nov. 2, as the Pirates and the Bearcats began the dual match season. Whitworth's teams are now 1-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Northwest Conference, while Willamette's teams are 0-1 overall, 0-1 in the NWC.

The Whitworth men won their 10th consecutive NWC title this past spring, while the Pirate women's team won NWC titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11 before finishing second behind the University of Puget Sound in 2011-12.

On Friday, each Whitworth team won all nine individual events and both relays to sweep the first place finishes. The Whitworth men downed the Bearcats, 167-37, while the Pirate women's team outscored Willamette, 169-34.

Alex Guffey (Fr., Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) on the Willamette men's team took second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a solid performance. Mitchell Beck won the race in 1:47.56. Guffey finished in 1:48.16, just 0.60 behind Mitchell.

The Willamette women's 200-yard freestyle relay team also earned second place. Whitworth won the event in 1:44.93, while the Bearcats followed at 1:49.64. The Pirates' second relay team in the race placed third in 1:54.23.

Hope Nelson (So., Providence, RI/South Kingstown HS), Kersey Bars (So., Springfield, OR/Springfield HS), Jessica Beach (Fr., Salem, OR/West Salem HS) and Malia Santos (Fr., Kailua-Kona, HI/Kealakehe HS) competed for Willamette on the relay.

Nelson and Santos each added a third place finish in an individual event. Nelson was third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:51.17. Santos placed third in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:05.25. Katherine Duvall of Whitworth won the 500 free in 5:24.79 and Samantha Strong took first in the 100 fly in 1:00.14.

Also recording a third place result for the Willamette women's team was Michaela Zuber (Fr., Sacramento, CA/Sheldon HS) in the 100-yard backstroke. Nicole Lecoq of Whitworth won the race in 1:00.99, while the Pirates' Kori Carpenter was second at 1:05.77. Zuber's time in third place was 1:06.19.

Three members of the Willamette men's squad earned third place in an individual race.

Sean Piper (So, Normandy Park, WA/John F. Kennedy HS) achieved third place in the 100-yard backstroke by completing the race in 58:64. seconds. Anthony Fish of Whitworth won the event in 56.20 seconds.

Andrew Lum (Fr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou School) placed third in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.80. Aaron Vaccaro from Whitworth garnered first place in 52.31 seconds. Zander Le Bel (So., Dallas, TX/Richardson HS) of Willamette was third in the 1000-yard freestyle in 11:29.44. Oliver Durand won the event for the Pirates in 10:04.19.

Willamette will take on Whitman College in men's and women's swimming on Saturday, Nov. 3. The action is scheduled to get underway in Walla Walla, Wash., at 1 p.m. (PDT).

RESULTS

Men
Whitworth University 167
Willamette University 37

Women
Whitworth University 169
Willamette University 34

Kersey Bars, shown here in the backstroke, helped Willamette take second place in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay.

Kersey Bars, shown here in the backstroke, helped Willamette take second place in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay.