Pacific Lutheran Swims Past Willamette

Ballinger Wins 100 Freestyle, Kosaki Finishes First in 200 Butterfly

By Sara Elcano, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- Pacific Lutheran University swimming teams defeated Willamette University in Northwest Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Lute women downed the Bearcats, 139-39. The Pacific Lutheran men's team was victorious over Willamette by a final score of 164-24.

Both of the UPS teams improved to 2-0 overall, 2-0 in the NWC. Willamette's women are 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the NWC. The Bearcat men are 0-3 on the season, 0-2 in the NWC.

Sophomores Lauren Ballinger (Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) and Kayla Kosaki (Arlington, WA/Stanwood HS) each won an event for the Bearcats. Ballinger won 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.22 seconds. She barely edged out second place swimmer Elizabeth Althauser, who finished with a time of 57.83 seconds.

Kosaki captured first place in the 200-yard butterfly. She earned a time of 2:33.95.

Willamette earned a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Erin Parkinson (Fr., Everson, WA/Ferndale HS) swam a 2:42.89 and finished just over two seconds behind the first place finisher, Rachel Troutt of PLU, who clocked in at 2:40.78.

On the men's side, Ian McGahan (So., Tacoma, WA/Stadium HS) earned a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. McGahan completed the event with a time of 6:06.79.

The Bearcats will compete next at the Husky Invite on Dec. 3-5. Teams will compete all day in Seattle, Wash.

EVENT RESULTS
Men

Pacific Lutheran University 164
Willamette University 24

Women

Pacific Lutheran University 139
Willamette University 39

Lauren Ballinger won the women's 100-yard freestyle during Willamette's dual meet with Pacific Lutheran.

Lauren Ballinger won the women's 100-yard freestyle during Willamette's dual meet with Pacific Lutheran.