Schulze Finishes Eighth in 200 Fly, Larrow is Ninth in 1,650 Free

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

FEDERAL WAY, WASH. -- The Willamette University swimming teams concluded the Northwest Conference Championships with several swimmers in action during the last group of finals and consolation finals at the evening session on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the King County Aquatic Center. Gwen Schulze (Jr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS/Austin College) led the way with an eighth place finish in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly, while Jenna Larrow (Jr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) placed ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Schulze completed the 200 butterfly finals with a time of 2:20.73. She took just over one second off her preliminary time of 2:20.81 and more than two seconds off her seed time of 2:22.95. Ashley Lecoq of Whitworth University won the event in 2:07.29.

Larrow swam the 1,650 free in 19:25.39. Her ninth place time was more than 30 seconds in front of the next finisher. Natalie Turner of Whitworth took first place in 17:11.88 for a new NWC record.

Hanna Connett (So., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) was 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke. She registered a time of 2:41.28 in the consolation finals, as she moved up won spot from her place in the preliminary heats.

For the Bearcat men's team, John Schmidtbauer (So., Whittier, CA/Whittier HS) finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle. He clocked in at 49.80 seconds in the consolation finals for his first result under 50 seconds in the event. His fastest time prior to Sunday was 50.24 seconds at the 2008 NWC Championships.

Michael McGeehan (Fr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS) also swam for WU in the consolation finals of the 100 freestyle. He placed 15th with a time of 50.57 seconds.

Willamette's Kevin Tangeman (Jr., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) competed in the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly. He took 15th place after finishing in 2:19.12, roughly two-and-a-half seconds under his time in the preliminary heats earlier in the day.

Whitworth won the men's team title with 736 points. It was the Pirates' seventh consecutive NWC championship. The University of Puget Sound claimed the women's team title with 777 points, while Whitworth finished in second place, just 12 points back at 765. It was the 12th NWC championship for the UPS women.

Chris Myhre of Puget Sound was chosen NWC Men's Coach of the Year and NWC Women's Coach of the Year. Jay Jones of Pacific Lutheran University and Michael Woodward of Whitworth shared Men's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet honors. Natalie Turner from Whitworth was the Women's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet.

Final team scores were:

Men - Whitworth University 736, University of Puget Sound 675.5, Whitman College 561, Pacific Lutheran University 364.5, Linfield College 356, Pacific University 197, Lewis & Clark College 169, Willamette University 136.

Women - University of Puget Sound 777, Whitworth University 765, Lewis & Clark College 456, Whitman College, 320.5, Pacific Lutheran University 244, Linfield College 241, Pacific University 229.5, Willamette University 162.

NWC Swimming Championships
At King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Wash.
Gwen Schulze took eighth place in the 200-yard butterfly for her second top 8 finish of the NWC Championships.

Gwen Schulze took eighth place in the 200-yard butterfly for her second top 8 finish of the NWC Championships.

John Schmidtbauer placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle.

John Schmidtbauer placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle.