Bearcats Participate in First Day of NWC Championships

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

FEDERAL WAY, WASH. -- James Huang (Sr., Portland, OR/Sunset HS), who improved his times throughout the season, qualified for the consolation finals of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships for the second time in his career on Friday, Feb. 13 at the King County Aquatic Center. He took eighth place in the consolation finals to finish 16th overall.

Huang's time in the consolation finals was 2:15.64. He finished 1/100th of a second faster than his previous best result this season.

The schedule on Friday included three individual women's events, two women's relays, three individual men's events and two men's relays. The NWC Championships will continue on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15.

Gwen Schulze (Jr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS/Austin College) narrowly missed the consolation finals in the women's 200-yard individual medley. She finished 17th with a time of 2:21.16, just 0.36 from making the cut. Michael McGeehan (Fr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) was 20th in the men's 50-yard freestyle in 22.95 seconds. The cutoff for the consolation finals was 22.64 seconds.

Team scores after the first day were:

Men - Whitworth University 206, University of Puget Sound 191, Whitman College 148, Linfield College 111, Pacific Lutheran University 100, Pacific University 72, Lewis & Clark College 64, Willamette University 45.

Women - Whitworth University 245, University of Puget Sound 215.5, Lewis & Clark College 120, Whitman College, 84.5, Pacific University 81, Linfield College 76, Pacific Lutheran University 68, Willamette University 47.

NWC Swimming Championships
At King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Wash.
Note: Only top 16 finishers listed with preliminary results
James Huang reached the consolation finals in the 200 I.M.

James Huang reached the consolation finals in the 200 I.M.