SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University opened the Northwest Conference swimming dual meet season with a pair of victories over visiting George Fox on Friday night. The Pirate men won 173-22 after winning all 11 events. The Whitworth women won 9 of the 11 events to claim a 152-49 victory over the Bruins.
No Whitworth men's swimmer won more than one event as the Bucs spread out their individual victories among nine different competitors. Whitworth finished 1-2-3 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle when George Fox did not field any competitors.
The Pirate men also went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, led by Finn McClone (1:45.75) and Ryan Grady (1:45.90). Jake Davies (2:01.24) led a Whitworth sweep in the 200-yard individual medley and Logan Todd (1:56.71) led another sweep in the 200-yard butterfly. Byron Rossmiller went 1:56.34 in the 200-yard backstroke and Alexander Henderson posted a 2:13.93 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Both races were also sweeps for the Bucs.
Whitworth won both men's relays, going 3:33.98 in the 400-yard medley relay and 3:17.24 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Pirate women also won both relays. Whitworth opened with a 4:11.61 in the medley and closed with a time of 3:54.36 in the free relay.
Cameron Lyon was the only Pirate to pick up more than one individual victory. Lyon won the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.78) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.15). Hannah Galbraith won the 200-yard backstroke (2:17.09) and Jamie Siegler claimed the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.44). Molly Vagt (2:18.93) and Eve Vetter (2:19.32) went 1-2 in the 200-yard butterfly.
Aspen Monkhouse won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle for the GFU women.
Whitworth will return to action on Saturday afternoon against Pacific University of Oregon at 1:00 pm.