Otawa, Gima, Kahn Perform Well in NWC Finals; UPS Women, Pirate Men Take Home Titles

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The University of Puget Sound women's swimming team made it a decade of dominance on Sunday evening at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, winning their tenth consecutive Northwest Conference title. Not to be overshadowed, the Whitworth men's swimming team made it four straight NWC titles for the Pirates from Spokane.

For the Bearcats, Kei Otawa recorded a pair of third place finishes, Shannon Gima fnished in the top eight in two women’s events and Pete Kahn also finished 8th in the 200 backstroke.

Otawa took third place in the 100 free (47.74) and the 100 breast (58.83). Gima, a sophomore, finished 6th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.65) and seventh in the 200 back (2:16.24). Kahn, also a sophmore, swam 2:09.88 in taking eight in the 200 back.

Both the Bearcat men and women teams finished seventh in the overall competition.

In the first event of the evening, Puget Sound freshman Jane Kestner swam a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:35.03 in the 1650 yard freestyle to defeat teammate, and defending champion, Sarah Mirick. On the men's side, David Dolphay of Whitowrth met the NCAA provisional qualifying time with a winning time of 16:04.84.

Also meeting a provisional qualifying time was Whitman's Nancy Alexander, who won the women's 200 yard backstroke in a time of 2:08.60. On the men's side, Whitworth's Loren Killgore, the favorite going into the race, won the title with a time of 1:55.09.

Puget Sound sophomore Amy Polansky defended her title in the 100 yard freestyle, posting a time of 53.28. On the men's side, Linfield's Kevin Caple swam a 47.44 to defeat favorite David Lillarrd of Whitworth.

Whitman senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran took the women's 200 yard breaststroke, swimming the distance in 2:28.02. Logger freshman Paul Hughes was able to hold on for the win in the men's 200 breastroke with a time of 2:06.97 and was presented his medal by retired UPS coach Don Duncan, who began the Logger swim program in 1957.

Whitworth's Samantha Kephart set a new NCAA Division III record in the women's 200 yard butterfly with a winning time of 2:01.45. On the men's side, Evan Shute from Pacific won the race with a time of 1:58.14.

In the final events of the weekend, Puget Sound wrapped up the NWC title with a win in the 400 yard freestyle relay, recording a winning time of 3:36.18. It was the same story on the men's side as Whitman won the men's 400 yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:10.50

Outstanding swimmers for the weekend went to Kephart from Whitworth on the women's side and Pirate teammates Killgore and Dolphay tied on the men's side.

Winning coach of the year honors on the women's side was Matt Sellman of Lewis & Clark and on the men's side, Steve Schadt of Whitworth.

Final Team Scores

Men - Whitworth 722, Puget Sound 612.5, Linfield 414.5, Pacific Lutheran 334, Whitman 322, Lewis & Clark 295, Willamette 263, Pacific 68

Women - Puget Sound 719.5, Lewis & Clark 528, Whitworth 501.5, Whitman 470, Linfield 381, Pacific Lutheran 254, Willamette 201, Pacific 140

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