WU women fourth, men fifth heading into final day of NWC championships; Swinn breaks WU's backstroke record twice

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Whitworth College's men and Puget Sound's women extended leads in the Northwest Conference swimming championships on Saturday night at Linfield College.

The Pirate men swept to victories in all seven events on Saturday. Whitworth opened the evening by setting a meet record in the 200 Medley, winning in a time of 1:34.63. Then Whitworth ended the evening with a win in the 800 Freestyle relay (6:57.33).

Kevin Wang, the reigning national champion, defended his conference title in the 400 Individual Medley in a time of 4:00.63. He set a new meet record of 3:59.19 in the morning preliminaries. Ryan Freeman won his second event of the meet with a victory in the 100 Backstroke (51.28).

A pair of freshmen added their first career victories for the Pirates. Chris Holmes won the 100 Butterfly (52.08), while David Lillard won the 200 Freestyle (1:45.45). Finally, Whitworth senior Josh Andrew won the 100 Breaststroke in 58.94, earning his first career win.

The previous meet record in the men's 200 Medley Relay was 1:34.99, set by Whitworth last season. The old 400 I.M. record was 4:01.88, set by Whitworth's Brent Rice in 1999.

Puget Sound's women won three of the seven events on Saturday night. Freshman Breanna Trygg won her second event of the meet, taking the 100 Backstroke in a record shattering time of 57.77. Desiree Didier won the 100 Butterfly (1:00.58), while Michelle Rennie defended her title in the 100 Breaststroke (1:07.49).

Whitworth won the other four women's events on Saturday. The Pirates opened with a surprising win in the 200 Medley Relay, touching out UPS 1:50.52 - 1:50.80. Then Whitworth closed the night with a win in the 800 Freestyle Relay (8:00.07).

Serena Fadel broke her own record while winning the 400 Individual Medley in a time of 4:34.15. Kristen Satterfield added a title in the 200 Freestyle (1:56.86) for the Bucs.

The previous meet record in the women's 100 Backstroke was 59.44, set by Carla Fellezs of Puget Sound in 2002. Fadel's previous record in the 400 I.M. was 4:35.24.

Willamette had four highlights on Saturday:

* Freshman Eric Swinn, who during the prelims broke Eric Moore's 1989 school record in the 100 Backstroke (53.93) with a time of 52.22, later placed second in the finals with a school-record time of 52.14. Both of his times met NCAA 'B' qualifying standards.

* Freshman Elise Tuttle placed third in the 200 Freestyle in a time of 2:01.92.

* The women's 800 Free Relay of Nadia Markovchick, Amy Hoang, Jessica Lee and Tuttle placed third in 8:16.63.

* The men's 200 Medley Relay team of Swinn, Avery Robinson, B.J. Wright and Owen Willaims placed third in 1:39.83.

The meet concludes on Sunday night.

Women's Team Scores: Puget Sound 534, Linfield 357, Whitworth 355, Willamette 235, Lewis & Clark 207, Whitman 201, Pacific Lutheran 183.

Men's Team Scores: Whitworth 593, Puget Sound 406, Pacific Lutheran 306, Linfield 293, Willamette 229, Whitman 138, Lewis & Clark 115.