Pirate Men Beat L&C; Women Edge in Close Dual

Courtesy of Kelly Bird, Linfield College
Courtesy of Kelly Bird, Linfield College

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University men rolled to a win over visiting Lewis & Clark in a Northwest Conference swimming dual meet on Friday night at the Whitworth Aquatic Center, but a key injury cost the Pirate women in a loss to the Pioneers.

The final men's score was Whitworth 149, Lewis & Clark 56 and the Pirates improved to 3-0 this season.  The L&C women defeated the Bucs 108-97, who fell to 1-2.

Led by freshman Ryan Grady, the Pirates won nine of the 11 men's events.  Grady took first place in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:05.59) and first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:18.87).  Keenan Robinson, Jake Davies and Jacob Butler joined Grady on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.30).

Davies was also on the winning 200-yard medley relay, swimming the breaststroke leg.  Patrick Wilber (backstroke), Eben Schumann (butterfly) and Owen Lempert comprised the rest of the relay, which won in 1:36.68.

Davies won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.95, while Lempert took first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.93).  Schumann swam to victory in the 100-yard butterfly (52.49) and Wilbur was first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.39).  Jake McCollough was the winner for the Pirates in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.37).

The women's meet turned when Megan Thompson was injured midway through the 1,650 freestyle, an event she was leading by more than 25 yards at that point.  Thompson had to pull out of the 200 freestyle and the freestyle relay as well.

Hannah Galbraith, Jamie Siegler, Emma Boles and Elizabeth Dressel won the opening 200 medley relay for the Pirates.  But L&C won the next three events to grab a 46-27 lead through four races.

Molly Vagt added a win for the Pirates in the 400 individual medley in 4:54.53, but she was edged in the 100 butterfly by L&C's Sam Duran (1:01.44 – 1:03.02).  After the Pioneers added another win in the 100 freestyle, Whitworth trailed 79-52 with only four events to go.

But Galbraith (1:00.56) and Boles (1:05.69) went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke and Vagt won the 500 freestyle (5:26.99). Then Sigler won the 100 breastroke in 1:08.59 with Jane Holmes finishing second (1:11.02).  Suddenly Whitworth was within 97-95 heading into the freestyle relay.

The Pirates had to swim the final relay without Thompson, who is the best freestyle swimmer on the team.  Lewis & Clark pulled out the win by 1:43.94 – 1:46.20.

The Pirates will continue their only home weekend of the fall by hosting Pacific on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm.