Otawa Puts In Strong Showing at Husky Invitational

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University men’s swimmer Kei Otawa (Sr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) competed this past weekend at the Husky Inivitational, hosted by the University of Washington at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. The event, held from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3, included the University of Washington as well as the University of California men’s team, ranked #4 in NCAA Division I. The meet also included swimmers from a variety of colleges and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The top eight swimmers in the preliminaries competed in the A Finals, the next eight competed in the B Finals and the third group of eight competed in the C Finals.

Otawa swam in five events, the 25, 50 and 100-yard freestyle, and the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. He qualified for the C Final in two of the events, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard breastsroke.

In the 100-yard free, Otawa placed eighth in the C Final, and 24th overall, with a time of 48.37 seconds. He swam a 48.12-second time in the preliminaries. In the 200-yard breaststroke, he finished 22nd overall and sixth in the C Final, with a time of 2:15.70. He swam 2:17.02 in the prelims.

Otawa improved on his Northwest Conference-leading time in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming the event in 21.98 seconds in the prelims, but was unable to advance to one of the three final heats. His previous best was 22.00 seconds at Whitworth College on Nov. 17.

In his other two events, Otawa swam 10.44 seconds in the preliminaries of the 25-yard freestyle and 1:01.24 in the premliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke. Otawa’s previous best of 1:01.30 in the 100-yard breaststroke ranked second in the NWC.

Otawa and the rest of the Willamette men’s swimming team are off until Jan. 13, when they will travel to Tacoma, Wash., to face Pacific Lutheran University at 1 p.m.