Bearcat Women in Third, Men in Fifth Heading into Final Day at NWC Swimming Championships

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The University of Puget Sound women's team and the Whitworth College men's team solidified their leads in the team standings at the second day of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships today. The meet is being held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

UPS increased their advantage in the women's team standings from 82 to 246 points. The Loggers have 544 points to 298 for second-place Whitworth.

In the men's standings, Whitworth entered the day with an 81.5 point cushion over Linfield and now leads by 110.5 points — 486 to 377.5.

Puget Sound won five women's events in today's finals, starting with the 200 yard medley relay. UPS clocked a meet record time of 1:49.70, which also meets the "B" qualifying standard for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Alex Borgen won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:57.40, then Michele Rennie recorded an "A" qualifying and meet record time of 1:05.04 to win the 100 yard breaststroke. Breanna Tryg followed with another "A" qualifying time of 57.89 seconds to win the 100 yard backstroke. UPS finished with a win in the 800 yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:38.51.

Whitworth swimmers won the other two women's events. Serana Fadel took the 400 yard IM with a "B" qualifying time of 4:35.14. Emily Wold claimed first in the 100 yard butterfly with a new meet record and "B" qualifying time of 59.15.

In the men's events, Whitworth won five events to one each for UPS and Willamette.

Whitworth won the 200 yard medley relay in 1:37.20. Kevin Wang followed with a win in the 400 yard individual medley, setting a meet record and meeting the national "A" qualifying standard with a time of 3:58.94. Rhys Birky claimed the 200 yard freestyle in 1:43.74. Corey Bergman recorded a meet record and "B" qualifying time of 57.69 seconds to win the 100 yard breaststroke. The Pirates ended with a win in the 800 yard freestyle relay, setting a new meet record and meeting the "B" qualifying time for nationals with a time of 6:53.50.

For UPS, Tag Veal won the 100 yard butterfly in 52.28 seconds. Eric Swinn of Willamette won the 100 yard backstroke in 51.32 seconds, meeting the "A" qualifying time for the national meet.

The meet concludes Sunday with the preliminaries at 10:00 a.m. and the finals at 5:00 p.m.

Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at Federal Way, Wash.

Team Scores

Women

Puget Sound 544

Whitworth 298

Willamette 289

Whitman 271

Pacific Lutheran 257

Linfield 218

Lewis & Clark 176

Pacific 87

Men

Whitworth 486

Linfield 377.5

Pacific Lutheran 304.5

Puget Sound 300

Willamette 291

Whitman 204

Lewis & Clark 58