Bearcat Men Defeat Pioneers in Dual Meet Behind Victories By Otawa, Kahn and Henselman

SALEM, OR — Kei Otawa had another three first place finishes, and teammates Greg Henselman and Pete Kahn also won individual races, as the Willamette University men’s swim team defeated Lewis & Clark 96-91 in a dual meet Saturday at Sparks Pool.

On the women’s side, despite wins by the Bearcats’ Shannon Gima and Jessica Lee, the Pioneers won the dual
meet 143-61 as Lindsay Nixon and Koy Collier each recorded two victories in individual events.

Otawa, who won three races at Linfield on Friday night, capped off a perfect weekend by winning the 50-freestyle (22:20), the 100-free (49:09) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.95).

Henselman took first place in the 1000-freestyle in 11:57.22. Kahn took the 100-backstroke in 1:03.35. The Bearcat men are now 3-4 in dual meets.

Own Kenton has a pair of wins for the Pioneer’s, taking first place in the 100-fly (59:24) and the 200-free (1:57.26).

The Pioneer women were led by Nixon’s victories in the 400 IM (4:47.45) and the 100-Fly (1:00.39). Collier also recorded a pair of wins in the 200-free (2:02.14) and the 500 free (5:30.87)

For the Bearcat women, Gima won the 100-backstroke in 1:04.29. Senior Jessica Lee won the 100 breast stroke in 1:15.51.

The Bearcats swim again on Feb. 10-12 at the Northwest Conference championships.