PORTLAND, Ore. – The Whitworth men rolled to another dominating Northwest Conference swimming dual meet victory while the Pirate women rallied to defeat host Lewis & Clark College on Friday night.
Whitworth's men improved to 7-0 with a 149-52 win over the Pioneers. The Pirate women are now 5-2 after their 110-95 victory.
Owen Lempert, Ryan Grady and Jake Davies each won two individual events for Whitworth's men. Lempert sprinted to wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.61) and 100-yard freestyle (48.39). He and Davies were also on the Pirates' winning 400-yard medley relay (3:40.89) at the beginning of the meet.
Grady won both the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.25) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.51). Davies claimed the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.44) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.05).
Whitworth finished the night with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:16.53).
However, L&C won the next three races, including a 1-2 finish in the 50-yard freestyle, to take a 38-36 lead on Whitworth.
Vetter answered with a win in the 200 I.M. (2:15.86) and Lyon followed with a victory in the 200 butterfly (2:12.97). By the time Galbraith led a 1-2-3 finish for the Pirates in the 200 back with a winning time of 2:13.87, Whitworth had taken a 20-point lead.
Jessica Defiesta won the 500 freestyle in 5:26.95 and Siegler's win in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.98) gave the Bucs an insurmountable 108-80 lead. The fact that L&C went 1-2 in the final 400 freestyle relay proved moot.
Whitworth will close out the dual meet schedule next Saturday (Jan. 26) at home against Whitman College.