Puget Sound Defeats Willamette in Swimming

Bearcats Win Several Events against Loggers

By John Lind, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- The University of Puget Sound defeated Willamette University in men's and women's swimming on Friday, Nov. 9 at the WU Natatorium. The Loggers downed the Bearcat women's team, 138-62, and also won the men's competition, 130-72.

UPS remained undefeated in men's swimming at 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers moved to 3-1 in the women's swimming, including 2-1 in the NWC. Both Willamette teams dropped to 0-3 overall, 0-3 in the NWC.

The Bearcats experienced some individual success, winning several events against the Loggers. Alex Guffey (Fr., Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) had an impressive day for Willamette, winning the men's 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:49.30. Guffey beat out second place Keven Henley of UPS by 1.39 seconds. Guffey also placed third in the men's 500-yard freestyle.

Malia Santos (Fr., Kailua-Kona, HI/Kealakehe HS) was a winner in two events for the women's team. Santos took first place in the women's 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.07 seconds, and also won the women's 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:03.52. 

Andrew Lum (Fr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou School) swam to first place in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.42 seconds. Lum finished 1.49 seconds ahead of second place finisher Zach Walker from UPS, who was timed at 56.91 seconds.

Hope Nelson (So., Providence, RI/South Kingston HS) earned second place finishes in two events for the Bearcats.

Nelson clocked a time of 57.96 seconds in the women's 100-yard freestyle and registered 5:51.83 in the women's 500-yard freestyle. Melissa Norrish of Puget Sound won the 100 free in 56.86 seconds, while Brianna Greenwood won for the Loggers in the 500 free in 5:45.97.

Chris Whitehead (Jr., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) took first place in the men's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.91. He edged out Walker by just 0.04 seconds.

Sean Piper (So., Normandy Park, WA/John F. Kennedy HS) was the other individual to win an event for the men's team. His time of 58.36 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke was good for first place. Piper easily beat UPS's Jared Fisk, who finished second with a time of 1:01.07.

The Bearcats will continue with another swim meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, against Northwest Conference rival Pacific Lutheran University. 

RESULTS

Men
University of Puget Sound 130
Willamette University 72

Women
University of Puget Sound 138
Willamette University 62

Photo gallery
(By Naomi Stukey, Photographer for Willamette Athletics)

Michaela Zuber took second place in the women's 100-yard backstroke. She also competed in the 400 I.M. and the 200 medley relay.

Michaela Zuber took second place in the women's 100-yard backstroke. She also competed in the 400 I.M. and the 200 medley relay.