Schulze Takes Sixth in Women's 100-Yard Butterfly

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

FEDERAL WAY, WASH. -- Willamette University junior Gwen Schulze (Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS/Austin College) finished in sixth place in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships on Saturday, Feb. 14. Schulze earned a time of 1:01.96 in the finals.

Schulze reached the finals by swimming her preliminary race in 1:01.04 earlier in the day. It was her top time of the season, breaking her previous fastest time of 1:02.19.

Kara Koetje (Fr., Arlington, WA/Stanwood HS) represented Willamette in the consolation finals of the 100-yard butterfly. She placed fourth in the consolation race in 1:06.59 and was 12th overall.

Also competing for the Willamette women in the consolation finals were Hanna Connett (So., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) in the 200-yard freestyle and Janelle Higashida (Fr., Kaneohe, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) in the 100-yard breaststroke. Connett finished 16th overall, while Higashida placed 15th.

For the WU men's team, John Schmidtbauer (So., Whittier, CA/Whittier HS) swam in two consolation finals on Saturday night. He placed 12th overall in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.48. It was 0.30 faster than his previous top time this season. He earned 15th place in the 100-yard butterfly, after registering a season-best time of 55.93 seconds.

Schmidtbauer's top time this year in the 100 butterfly prior to Saturday was 57.69 seconds. He cut more than a second off in the preliminaries at 56.35 seconds, then shaved an additional 0.42 in the consolation finals.

Kevin Tangeman (Jr., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) also competed in the consolation finals of the 100 butterfly. He recorded a time of 56.85 seconds and finished 16th overall. It was Tangeman's top time this season.

Willamette achieved sixth place in the men's 200-yard medley relay for the Bearcats' top relay finish of the night. WU completed the race in 1:44.26, just 1.29 behind Lewis & Clark College, which finished fifth. Swimming for Willamette in the medley relay were Matt Tanigawa (Jr., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy), Michael McGeehan (Fr., Moscow, ID/Moscow HS), Tangeman and Schmidtbauer.

The NWC Championships will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 15. Action at the King County Aquatic Center is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. (PST) for preliminary heats and at 5 p.m. for the finals and consolation finals.

Team scores after the second day were:

Men - Whitworth University 476, University of Puget Sound 459, Whitman College 359, Pacific Lutheran University 259, Linfield College 248, Pacific University 147, Lewis & Clark College 133, Willamette University 103.

Women - University of Puget Sound 529.5, Whitworth University 518, Lewis & Clark College 299, Whitman College, 218.5, Linfield College 174, Pacific Lutheran University 167, Pacific University 164, Willamette University 114.


NWC Swimming Championships
At King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Wash.
Gwen Schulze achieved sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly at the NWC Championships.

Gwen Schulze achieved sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly at the NWC Championships.