SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University men won 10 of 11 events against visiting Pacific Lutheran to remain unbeaten in Northwest Conference dual meets, but the Pirate women dropped a hard-fought contest against the Lutes in a swimming dual on Saturday afternoon.
It is not often that an 11-event dual meet is decided by five-hundredths of a second, but that was the fate for Whitworth's women in a 109-96 setback to PLU after the Lutes rallied to win the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:51.59 to the Bucs' time of 1:51.64. PLU improved to 4-1 while the Pirates fell to 4-2.
PLU built a 78-53 lead through the 100-yard freestyle before Whitworth rallied with wins in three straight events. Hannah Galbraith pulled out the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.14 to start the rally. Cameron Lyon and Marissa Gibson went 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle and then Jamie Siegler finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke to pull the Pirates within 96-92 heading to the final event.
However, PLU was able to hold off Whitworth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in another tight race. The Lutes edged the Bucs 1:42.82 – 1:43.06.
Lyon also won the women's 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:37.30 and Jamie Siegler took the 50-yard freestyle in 25.20.
Kaycee Simpson won both the 400-yard I.M. (4:44.83) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.44) to lead the PLU women. She was also on the final relay.
The Whitworth men rolled to a 138-65 victory over PLU thanks to a full-team effort. The Bucs improved to 6-0 in conference meets this season while the Lutes (4-1) suffered their first NWC loss of the season.
Ryan Grady was the only Pirate to win more than one event. He took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.05 and the 400 I.M. in 4:16.90.
Whitworth opened the meet with a winning time of 1:36.74 in the 200 medley relay and closed it with a winning time of 1:28.17 in the freestyle relay.
The Pirates will head to Oregon to take on Lewis & Clark College on Friday night.