Swinn garners NCAA 'B' qualifying time in 100 backstroke

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - The University of Puget Sound women and the Whitworth College men opened up commanding leads on the first day of the Northwest Conference swimming championships on Friday night at Linfield College.

UPS, aiming for its seventh consecutive NWC title, won three of the five events, including both relays. Freshman Breanna Trygg led the way, winning the 50 Freestyle (25.41) and leading off the 400 Medley Relay (backstroke leg) that set a new meet record with a time of 3:49.37. She also was part of the 200 Freestyle Relay that won with a time of 1:40.84.

Whitworth's Serena Fadel won the 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2:10..16. She had previously set a meet record in the morning's preliminaries with a time of 2:09.99.

Kristen Satterfield of Whitworth College won the fifth women's event of the evening, outdualing Puget Sound's Emily Cares in the 500 Freestyle. Satterfield won in 5:16.59, followed by Cares in 5:17.93.

The previous women's 200 Individual Medley record was 2:10.32 set by Erin Kay of Whitworth in 2000. The previous women's 400 Medley Relay record of 4:01.82 was set by Puget Sound last year.

Whitworth's women dropped from second place to third place in the standings after their medley relay was disqualified for an illegal exchange between the third and fourth swimmer. The Pirates' relay had finished second in a time that was also under the previous meet record.

Whitworth College's men, trying to regain the title they held in 2001, got a strong performance from senior Ryan Freeman. Freeman won the 200 Individual Medley in 1:55.37 before leading off the 400 Medley Relay (backstroke) that won in a meet record time of 3:28.11.

Kevin Wang added the Pirates' third title of the evening, defending his title in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:35.67.

Puget Sound opened the men's competition with a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay, winning with a time of 1:26.46, just ahead of Whitworth's 1:26.86.

Logger freshman Ian Phillips added a second win on the night for UPS, taking the 50 Freestyle in 21.78.

Whitworth had previously held the meet record time of 3:28.24, set last season.

For Willamette, freshman Eric Swinn placed second in the 100 Backstroke in a time of 52.22. That time earned him an NCAA 'B' qualifying mark, surpassing the standard of 53.09. The Bearcats' Elise Tuttle, also a freshman, placed third in the 200 Freestyle in 2:02.07.

The meet continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.

Women's Team Scores: Puget Sound 241, Linfield 142, Whitworth 128, Lewis & Clark 98, Willamette 97, Whitman 87, Pacific Lutheran 76.

Men's Team Scores: Whitworth 251, Puget Sound 174, Pacific Lutheran 130, Linfield 121, Willamette 100, Whitman 66, Lewis & Clark 51.