Puget Sound Defeats Bearcats in NWC Swimming

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The University of Puget Sound won both the men's and women's competition against Willamette University on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the WU Natatorium. The UPS women's team defeated the Bearcats, 136-46, and the UPS men downed Willamette, 115-59.

Willamette's women fell to 1-2 on the season, 0-2 in the Northwest Conference, while the Bearcat men dropped to 1-1 overall, 1-1 in the NWC. Puget Sound's women improved to 2-0 overall, 2-0 in the NWC. The UPS moved to 2-0 as well, including 2-0 in the conference.

John Schmidtbauer (So., Whittier, CA/Whittier HS) of Willamette rallied at the end of the men's 200-yard freestyle to win the race by one-tenth of a second. Schmidtbauer clocked in with a time of 1:52.90, as he completed the race just in front of Jackson Kowalski of UPS, who was timed at 1:53.00.

Also for the Willamette men, Matt Tanigawa (Jr., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) led a 1-2 finish by the 'Cats in the 100-yard freestyle. Tanigawa took first in 52.15 seconds, while Michael McGeehan (Fr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) placed second in 52.56 seconds. Kevin Curlett of UPS was third in 52.76 seconds.

Janelle Higashida (Fr., Kaneohe, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) led the WU women's team by winning the 100-yard breaststroke by three one-hundredths of a second. Higashida finished with a time of 1:15.96, as she narrowly defeated Miranda Kent of UPS, who clocked in at 1:15.99.

University of Puget Sound 115
Willamette University 59

University of Puget Sound 136
Willamette University 46
Matt Tanigawa won the 100-yard freestyle against Puget Sound.

Matt Tanigawa won the 100-yard freestyle against Puget Sound.