Willamette Falls to Pacific Lutheran in Swimming

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

TACOMA, WASH. -- Willamette University concluded its dual match swimming schedule with a Northwest Conference meet at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, Jan. 26, but the Bearcats were unable to upset the Lutes, as the PLU women claimed a 134-69 victory and the PLU men won 132-62.

The Bearcat women's team finished the dual season with a 2-5 overall record (2-5 in the NWC). Willamette's men went 0-7 in dual meets, all against NWC opponents. Pacific Lutheran's women improved to 6-4 overall (5-2 in the NWC). The PLU men moved to 6-2 overall, 5-2 in the conference.

Willamette won three men's events and two women's events. John Schmidtbauer (Fr., Whittier, CA/Whittier HS) claimed two victories for the Willamette men's team. He won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.62 seconds and took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.84. James Huang (Jr., Portland, OR/Sunset HS) recorded a win for Willamette in the 100-yard breaststroke, after clocking in at 1:09.62 to win by just over one second.

Brittany Thiemens (Sr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) and Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) each registered one win for the Bearcat women. Thiemens outraced five other entrants in the 50-yard freestyle to triumph in 25.96 seconds. She won by 0.63 seconds over Dayna Blauvelt of PLU. Connett finished first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:37.31.

The Willamette women were defeated by PLU in both relay races, but the Bearcats provided strong opposition. In the 200-yard medley relay, Pacific Lutheran won by recording a time of 2:00.17, just 2.28 seconds in front of the 'Cats. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Lutes edged the Bearcats, as PLU clocked in at 1:47.97. WU's time in the race was 1:49.37.

Laura Brade won two events for PLU. She was victorious in the 400-yard medley relay in 5:03.60 and also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.79. WU's Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS) took second behind Brade by just 0.29 seconds in the 100 butterfly. Sutherland's time was 1:04.08.

Jessie Klauder also took first in two events for the Lutes. She won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 19:06.54 and finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.10 seconds.

In the men's competition, Jay Jones won two races for Pacific Lutheran. He earned the afternoon's fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly at 52.80 seconds. He also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle as he completed the race in 5:18.42.

The Northwest Conference Championships are next on Willamette's schedule. The three-day event is set for Feb. 8-10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

Women - Pacific Lutheran University 134, Willamette University 69
Men - Pacific Lutheran University 132, Willamette University 62
John Schmidtbauer won the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle during WU's swimming meet at Pacific Lutheran on Jan. 26.

John Schmidtbauer won the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle during WU's swimming meet at Pacific Lutheran on Jan. 26.