Al Stephenson named Male Coach of the Year as the Men come in 5th and the Women come in 3rd at NWC Championships

Federal Way, Wash. - The University of Puget Sound women's team won their eighth consecutive Northwest Conference Swimming Championship tonight at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The Pirates of Whitworth College repeated as men's champion.

Puget Sound was dominant throughout the Championships, accumulating 805 points, besting second-place finisher
Whitworth by 368 points.

Whitworth men were almost as dominate on the men's side, amassing 689 points to finish well ahead of second-place Linfield College.

Continuing a trend established in the first two days of the competition, several meet records were set again this evening. Overall, fifteen new meet records were established at this year's Championships.

Puget Sound Sophomore Breanna Trygg set a new mark in the women's 200 Backstroke. Trygg completed the event in 2:05.92, besting her old mark of 2:06.28 set at last year's meet. The time earns her an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Meet.

Kevin Wang continued his strong swimming, setting a new record in the men's 200 Backstroke. Wang swan an "A" cut time of 1:51.45, besting fellow Pirate Ryan Freeman's mark of 1:51.91.

Logger Junior Michele Rennie bettered her own meet record by almost four seconds in the 200 Breaststroke. Rennie swam a 2:18.43, an "A" cut time and Puget Sound school record in the event.

A new meet record was established in the men's 200 Breaststroke. Whitworth Cory Bergman smashed the old record by more than three seconds, finishing the event in an "A" qualifying time of 2:03.56.

Freshmen Rachel Fuller of Pacific Lutheran won two events overall, the Lutes first dual winner since 1997. Fuller won the 100 Freestyle tonight, adding to her 50 Freestyle victory Friday evening.

Al Stephenson from Willamette University was honored as Male Coach of the Year. Stephenson guided his men's team to a fifth-place finish tonight. The Bearcat women finished third, twenty-eight points out of second-place.

Sophomore Eric Swinn (Roseburg, OR) won the 100 meter backstroke event in 51:32 and automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships.

Jennifer Blomme from Whitman College was honored as Female Coach of the Year. Blomme's Missionaries finished sixth on the men's side and fourth on women's side.

Puget Sound Freshmen Alex Borgen was named Female Swimmer of the Year. Borgen won the 1650 tonight, as well as anchoring the Loggers victorious 400 Freestyle Relay team.

On the men's side two Whitworth student-athletes shared the award. Sophomore Rhys Birky and teammate Kevin Wang were named Co-Male Swimmer of the Year. Birky swam the first leg of the Pirates first-place 400 Freestyle Relay team tonight, as well as earning his "B" cut time of 46.85 in the 100 Freestyle. In addition to his meet record in the 200 Back, Wang set a new mark in the 400 IM Saturday night.

The NCAA Division III Men and Women's National meets will be held in St. Peter Missouri in mid-March. The women compete March 11-13. The men will swim the March 18-20.
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Final Men's Team Scores
Whitworth College 689
Linfield College 577.50
University of Puget Sound483
Pacific Lutheran University 446.50
Willamette University 423
Whitman College 279
Lewis and Clark College 89

Final Women's Team Scores
University of Puget Sound 805
Whitworth College 437
Willamette University 409
Whitman College 388
Pacific Lutheran University 378
Linfield College 349
Lewis and Clark College 263
Pacific University 122