Fischer Wins 100-Yard Breaststroke, Takes Second in 200-Yard Breaststroke, on Second Day of Northwest Invitational

TACOMA, WASH. Willamette University's top female swimmer, Becca Fischer (Sr., Billings, MT/Billings West HS), continued her strong start to the season by winning the 100-yard breaststroke and taking second place in the 200-yard breaststroke, during the second day of the Northwest Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event, which concluded on Saturday, was hosted by Pacific Lutheran University.

Fischer, who took fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle on Friday, won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.02. She finished 0.65 seconds in front of Cory Audiat from California State University-East Bay. Fischer took second place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.59. The event was won by Nora Feeney of Whitman College, who clocked in at 2:34.40.

Willamette finished seventh out of 10 teams in the women's standings. Lewis & Clark College won the meet with 384 points. Whitman College placed second with 293 points, and was followed by CSU-East Bay in third with 273 points. Pacific Lutheran University was fourth at 269, Linfield College took fifth at 255. Whitworth College was sixth with 214 points, while Willamette's seventh place score was 152. Albertson College took eighth with 109 points, with Pacific University in ninth at 67 and the University of Puget Sound in 10th with 65.

Bridget Sutherland (Jr., Everett, WA/Everett HS) of Willamette placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly, as she completed the race in 1:04.39. Lindsay Nixon of Lewis & Clark won the 100 fly in 1:01.44. Sutherland also took seventh in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:28.10.

Willamette's Shannon Gima (Jr., Alameda, CA/Lick-Wilmerding HS) took fifth place in the 100-yard backstroke. She timed out at 1:07.01.

WU finished fifth out of eight teams in the women's 200-yard medley relay at 2:01.13. The Bearcats were fifth out of 10 teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:59.09.

The Bearcats took eighth place in the men's team standings. Linfield claimed first place with 505 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran with 410 points and Whitman with 299 points. Fourth place went to Puget Sound at 157, Whitworth finished fifth at 133, Albertson was sixth with 129 points and Lewis & Clark was seventh with 116 points. Willamette followed with 101 points and Pacific rounded out the scoring in ninth with 21 points.

Willamette placed fifth in the men's 200-yard medley relay in 1:51.20. WU was fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, after clocking in at 3:36.15.

The Bearcats received a sixth place finish from Matt Tanigawa (Fr., Honolulu, HI/Baptist Academy) in the 100-yard freestyle. He recorded a time of 52.82 seconds and was just 0.33 seconds out of fourth place. The winner of the event was John Green of Albertson, whose time was 49.99.

David Sluss (Sr., Green Bay, WI/Ashwaubenon HS) of Willamette earned seventh place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.83. Greg Henselman (Jr., Corvallis,OR/Corvallis HS) added seventh place finishes for the 'Cats in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. His time in the 1650 was 20:16.64 and his time in the 200 fly was 2:30.73.

Willamette's top male swimmer, Kei Otawa (Sr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) did not compete at the Northwest Invitational. Otawa has recorded the fastest 50-yard freestyle in the Northwest Conference this season (22.00 seconds).

The Bearcat swim teams will not compete again until Jan. 13, in a dual meet against NWC rival Pacific Lutheran. The action in set to begin at 1 p.m. (PST) in Tacoma.