Puget Sound Outscores Willamette Swimmers

TACOMA, WASH. -- The University of Puget Sound won 18 of 22 events to sweep visiting Willamette University in Northwest Conference men’s and women’s swimming action on Friday, Jan.26. The UPS men won 107-74, while the Logger women defeated the Bearcats, 130-59. The Willamette men fell to 0-6 overall and to 0-6 in the NWC. Willamette’s women dropped to 1-6 overall, 0-5 in the NWC. All of the events were metric in length to match the dimensions of the 25-meter pool at UPS.

Puget Sound’s men improved to 5-3 overall, including 4-3 in conference meets. The UPS women’s team upped its record to 7-1 on the season, 6-1 in the NWC.

For the Willamette men, Kei Otawa (Sr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) won two events and also finished second in another. Otawa won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.99 seconds and the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.41. He placed second in the 50-meter freestyle in a time of 24.28 seconds. Otawa was narrowly edged by the Loggers’ Bret Schluederberg, who won with a time of 24.19 seconds.

James Huang (So., Portland, OR/Sunset HS) was the only other Bearcat to pick up a first place finish on the men’s side. He was victorious in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:28.10.

Greg Henselman (Jr., Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS) and Pete Kahn (So., Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS) earned second place finishes. Henselman swam to a second place finish in the 800-meter freestyle (10:35.33), while Kahn finished second in the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.80).

One the women’s side, Willamette’s Becca Fischer (Sr., Billings, MT/Billings West HS) won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:21.37 and finished second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.28. Also for the Bearcat women, Brittany Thiemens (Jr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) took second in the 50-meter freestyle in 29.30 seconds and Shannon Gima (Jr., Alameda, CA/Lick-Wilmerding HS) was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:51.95.

The Bearcat men’s and women’s swimming teams travel to Forest Grove, Ore., on Saturday, Jan. 27 to face Pacific University. Meet time is set for 6 p.m. (PST).