Puget Sound Wins Dual Meet with Willamette

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

TACOMA, WASH. -- The University of Puget Sound swept Willamette University in swimming on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Henry Foss HS, as the Loggers won the women's meet, 106-85, and took first in the men's meet, 132-46. The UPS women improved to 2-0, while the UPS men evened their record at 1-1. Both of Willamette's teams fell to 0-2 on the season.

Brittany Thiemens (Sr., Belleville, WA/Bellevue Senior HS) of Willamette won the women's 50-yard freestyle for the Bearcats in a time of 26.54 seconds and took third in the women's 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.57.

Thiemens also provided the anchor leg of Willamette's 400-yard medley relay team that took first place in 4:28.43. The Bearcats won the event by 2.8 seconds over UPS, which finished in 4:31.23. Joining Thiemens on the relay squad were Gwen Schulze (Fr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS), Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) and Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS).

Jenna Larrow (So., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) earned second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:51.05. She earned a similar time, 11:50.26, in WU's home meet against Lewis & Clark College on Friday.

UPS received two individual victories from Katie Wilson. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.20 and claimed first in the 200-yard backstroke after earning a time of 2:22.28. She won the 200 backstroke by 4.11 seconds over Schulze, who recorded a time of 2:26.39 for Willamette.

For the Willamette men's team, Kevin Tangeman (So., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) swam well and achieved a pair of strong third place finishes. He recorded a time of 1:59.73 in the 200-yard freestyle and completed the event just 1.53 seconds out of second place. Tangeman was beaten by a touch in the 100-yard freestyle. He clocked in at 52.44 to end the race just 0.06 seconds behind Matt Salter of UPS in second at 52.38 and only 0.12 seconds behind the winner, Aaron Hughes of UPS at 52.32.

"Kevin Tangeman and Jenna Larrow swam very well this weekend," Willamette University swimming Head Coach Al Stephenson said. "Larrow's two 1,000-yard swims were the best of her life."

Jack Zuharchuk of Puget Sound won two events. He took first in the men's 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.49. He also placed first in the men's 500-yard freestyle, as he registered a time of 5:19.76.

Willamette's next swim meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Willamette Natatorium. The Bearcats will be hosting the men's and women's teams from Whitworth University in Northwest Conference action. Competition is set to start at 1 p.m. (PST).


University of Puget Sound 106
Willamette University 85

University of Puget Sound 132
Willamette University 46