PLU edges WU in pair of dual meets

TACOMA, Wash. - Host Pacific Lutheran edged Willamette in a pair of Northwest Conference dual meets Saturday, winning the women's event 103-102 and the men's meet 115-84.

The Bearcat women had a 98-90 lead heading into the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. But the Lutes outscored WU 13-4 in that event to win the meet. PLU's 'B' team topped Willamette's 'A' team by 2.35 seconds for the deciding points.

PLU's men used its depth to topple the Bearcats. The Lutes had the maximum of three swimmers in seven events, while WU had three competitors in just two events.

The Bearcat women were led by Nadia Markovchick, who won the 200 freestyle (2:06.33) and the 100 freestyle (57.92). WU also got wins from Elise Tuttle in the 200 individual medley (2:25.40) , Amy Hoang in the 100 butterfly (1:07.09) and Jessica Lee in the 100 backstroke (1:07.42). Lee edged out teammate Courtney Casey by 0.01 in the latter event.

The Bearcat men had a pair of double winners. B.J. Wright won the 50 freestyle (22.67) and the 100 freestyle (49.68), while Eric Swinn claimed the 200 freestyle (1:51.07) and the 100 butterfly (54.53).

Willamette hosts its final home meet of the season on Friday, hosting Linfield at 6 p.m. in a dual.