WU Swimming Teams Compete at Bay Area Invitational

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

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- The Willamette University swimming teams finished the fall portion of the 2008-09 schedule with plenty of action at the Bay Area Invitational, hosted by Mill College on Saturday, Nov.15 and Sunday, Nov. 16. The event featured 21 women's races and 21 men's races, with many swimmers competing in 10 or more events.

It was a busy weekend, but the Bearcats now have two months without a formal competition. The next event on the WU schedule is a dual meet at Northwest Conference rival Whitworth University on Friday, Jan. 16.

Top results for Willamette at the Bay Area Invitational included:

Men's Relays
• 200-yard Medley Relay - Willamette, 6th place out of 10 teams, 1:48.39
• 800-yard Freestyle Relay - Willamette, 3rd place out of 4 teams, 8:02.92
• 400-yard Freestyle Relay - Willamette, 5th out of 10 teams, 3:32.62

Men's Individual Events
• 50-yard Freestyle - Michael McGeehan, 10th place out of 46, 23.50 seconds; Matt Tanigawa, 13th, 23.64; John Schmidtbauer, 14th, 23.67
• 50-yard Breaststroke - Michael McGeehan, 7th out of 18, 31.04 seconds
• 50-yard Backstroke - John Schmidtbauer, 7th out of 12, 30.00 seconds
• 50-yard Butterfly - Kevin Tangeman, 6th out of 27, 25.95 seconds; John Schmidtbauer, 9th out of 27, 26.04
•100-yard Freestyle - John Schmidtbauer, 9th out of 34, 51.81 seconds; Kevin Tangeman, 12th, 53.21; Michael McGeehan, 13th, 53.23
• 100-yard Butterfly - John Schmidtbauer, 8th out of 16, 57.96 seconds
• 200-yard Freestyle - John Schmidtbauer, 7th place out of 23, 1:53.06
• 200-yard Breaststroke - James Huang, 3rd out of 6, 2:27.72

Women's Relays
• 200-yard Medley Relay - Willamette, 11th out of 23 teams, 2:05.97
• 400-yard Freestyle Relay - Willamette, 10th out of 21 teams, 4:08.56

Women's Individual Events
• 50-yard Freestyle - Whitney Pryce, 18th (tie) out of 72, 27.18 seconds; Janelle Higashida, 25th, 27.77
• 50-yard Breaststroke - Hanna Connett, 9th out of 36, 35.87 seconds; Janelle Higashida, 10th, 36.28
• 50-yard Backstroke - Whitney Pryce, 7th out of 25, 33.85; Laura Coddington, 10th, 34.15 seconds
• 50-yard Butterfly - Janelle Higashida, 7th out of 42, 30.00 seconds; Kara Koetje, 8th, 30.04
• 100-yard Freestyle - Hanna Connett, 17th out of 52, 1:00.29; Whitney Pryce, 18th, 1:00.50
• 100-yard Backstroke - Whitney Pryce, 16th out of 41, 1:09.64
• 100-yard Butterfly - Janelle Higashida, 13th out of 31, 1:0843; Kara Koetje, 14th, 1:08.65
• 200-yard Freestyle - Hanna Connett, 19th out of 48, 2:11.06
• 200-yard Breaststroke - Janelle Higashida, 8th out of 19, 2:50.12
• 200-yard Backstroke - Whitney Pryce, 9th out of 17, 2:33.08
• 200-yard Individual Medley - Hanna Connett, 13th out of 34, 2:29.72; Janelle Higashida, 14th, 2:29.82
• 400-yard Individual Medley - Janelle Higashida, 7th out of 14, 5:15.04
• 500-yard Freestyle - Hanna Connett, 11th out of 33, 5:44.53; Jenna Larrow, 12th, 5:45.11
• 1,650-yard Freestyle - Jenna Larrow, 3rd out of 9, 19:34.57

COMPLETE RESULTS
Bay Area Invitational
Hosted by Mills College