Bearcat Women Finish Second in NW Invitational; Men Swim to Third

MCMINNVILLE: The Willamette University women’s swimming team finished second in this weekend’s Northwest Invitational at Linfield, losing by only four points to the Linfield Wildcats. The WU men held on to third place, finishing behind Lewis and Clark and Pacific Lutheran.

The second day of the event, held Saturday, was highlighted by Kei Otawa and Eric Swinn’s two wins each. Otawa won both the 100 and 200 yard breastroke events while Swinn swept through the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes.

The Bearcat men also finished first in the 400 freestyle relay event with the team of Owen Williams, Otawa, Swinn and freshman Cason Schmit.

Schmit also won the 100 yard freestyle. Williims finished 5th in that event; Geoff Kruse finished 7th.

Avery Robinson finished third in the 200 fly.

On the women’s side, the Bearcats got their only win of the second day from Kate Miller. She finished first in the 100 yard breastroke.

Miller also finished second in the 200 yard breastroke.

Becca Fischer nabbed a second place finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Nadia Marcovchick finished third.

Shanley Roxburgh finished third in the grueling 1650 yard freestyle while Jessica Lee finished 4th in the 200 yard backstroke.