Whitworth Men Win Logger Invite

Whitworth Men Win Logger Invite

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

TACOMA, Wash. – The Whitworth men's swim team finished off a dominating weekend at the Logger Invitational, winning the meet by a large margin thanks to a strong finish on Sunday. 

The Pirate men won four individual men's events and swept the podium in three races to turn a 57-point lead after day two into a 155-point meet victory. 

The final men's team scores were:  Whitworth 839, Pacific Lutheran 684, Whitman 575, Puget Sound 523, Lewis & Clark 405, Southwestern Oregon CC 285, Whittier 89, Soka 33. 

In the second event of the day, the Pirates swept the podium, taking each of the top-three spots in the 400-yard individual medley. Byron Rossmiller won the event in 4:10.04, followed closely by Ryan Grady and Jake McCollough in second and third.

Whitworth followed up the sweep in the 400 IM with another in the 50-yard freestyle where Owen Lempert, Patrick Wilber, and Eben Schumann went 1-2-3 to earn the Bucs another 53 points.   

The Pirates third sweep came in the 100-yard backstroke. Wilber won the event in 50.38, and Scchumann and Rossmiller followed in 51.43 and 52.27 respectively.

McCollough finished off a strong day for the pirates by winning the 200 butterfly in 1:57.49, two seconds better than Puget Sound's Justin Sasano.

The Whitworth women used a strong team performance, which included an individual event victory and several solid finishes, to leapfrog Whittier and finish the Logger Invite in fourth place. 

Molly Vagt took home the individual title in the 1650-yard freestyle. The freshman fell behind early in the race, but rallied at about the midway point to win with a time of 17:58.03. 

Jane Holmes and Jamie Siegler finished third and fifth in the 100 breaststroke, touching in just half of a second apart. Whitman's Becca Hoffman finished in fourth, just .15 seconds in front of Siegler. 

Hannah Galbraith followed up Holmes' third place result with one of her own in the 100-yard backstroke. Galbraith finished just three tenths of a second behind the event's victor, Mara Selznick of Whitman. Sam Duran of Lewis & Clark finished second, .08 seconds in front of Galbraith.   

The women's team scores were: Pacific Lutheran 730, Puget Sound 715, Whitman 699, Whitworth 461, Lewis & Clark 430, Whittier 306, Southwestern Oregon CC 110, Soka 68.