Willamette Women's Team in Third Place after First Day of Northwest Invitational

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

McMINNVILLE, ORE. -- The Willamette University women's swimming team, bolstered by two third place finished in relay events, concluded the first day of the Northwest Invitational holding third place in the team standings, Friday, Nov. 30 at Linfield College. The Willamette mens' team was seventh at the end of the first day of the two-day event.

Willamette took third place in the women's 800-yard freestyle relay during the morning session, then earned a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to open the evening session. WU recorded a time of 8:53.88 in the 800 free relay and clocked in at 1:49.33 in the 200 free relay.

Swimming for Willamette in the women's 800 free relay were Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS), Jenna Larrow (so., Boise, ID/Timberline HS), Gwen Schulze (So., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS) and Shannon Gima (Sr., Alameda, CA/Lick Wilmerding HS).

WU's 200 free relay team included Gima, Chelsea Hollingsworth (Sr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS), Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) and Whitney Pryce (So.,Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury HS).

The Bearcat women's team also took fourth place in the 400-yard medley relay. Willamette's time in the event was 4:27.20, as recorded by Gima, Connett, Sutherland and Pryce.

WU's top individual finishes on the first day were recorded by Sutherland and Schulze in the women's 200-yard butterfly. Sutherland took third place in the event with a time of 2:23.58 and Schulze placed fourth after completing the race in 2:24.88.

Larrow and Pryce both competed in the championship finals of the 500-yard freestyle. Larrow took sixth place with a time of 5:48.96. Pryce finished eighth in 6:04.88. Other results for the WU women's team in the championship finals were Schulze taking eighth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:26.55 and Connett finishing eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.38.

Lewis & Clark College led the women's team standings at the end of the first day with 391 points. Whitman College was second at 310, followed by Willamette in third at 192. Linfield was fourth at 187, while the College of Idaho was fifth at 154 and Pacific University was sixth at 134. The University of Puget Sound was seventh at 122 and Mills College was eighth with 78 points.

In the men's team standings, Pacific Lutheran University was in first place with 310 points and a six-point lead over Linfield in second place at 304. Whitman was third at 272, followed by the College of Idaho in fourth at 193, Pacific in fifth at 164, Puget Sound in sixth at 127, Willamette in seventh at 122 and Lewis & Clark in eighth with 121 points.

Matt Tanigawa (So., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) and Pete Kahn (Jr., Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS) represented the Willamette men's team in the championship finals. Tanigawa placed eighth in two events, as he clocked in at 2:16.85 in the 200-yard individual medley and registered a time of 52.15 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. Kahn was eighth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:18.03.

The second day of prelims, consolation finals and championship finals will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. The morning session will start at 9:30 a.m. (PST), with the evening session set for 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Results in the consolation finals (overall finish in parentheses) for the Willamette women's team were:

• Hanna Connett
Women's 200-yard Individual Medley (2:25.03, 9th place)
• Lauren Gard
Women's 100-yard Breaststroke (1:22.21, 14th place)
• Jenna Larrow
Women's 200-yard Backstroke (2:37.01, 14th place)
• Whitney Pryce
Women's 100-yard Freestyle (1:00.28, 11th place)

Results in the consolation finals (overall finish in parentheses) for the Willamette men's team were:

• John Schmidtbauer
Men's 100-yard Freestyle (51.65, 9th place)
• Kevin Tangeman
Men's 100-yard Freestyle (53.91, 16th place)
• Greg Henselman
Men's 200-yard Butterfly (2:31.34, 12th place)