Pirate Men Pound Linfield; Women Lose to 'Cats

Pirate Men Pound Linfield; Women Lose to 'Cats

McMinnville, Ore. – The Whitworth University men won nine of 11 events, rolling to a 129-76 Northwest Conference swimming dual victory at Linfield College on Friday night.  However, the Linfield women defeated the Pirate women 112-93.

Whitworth's men improved to 3-0 this season while the women fell to 2-1.

Ryan Grady, Finn McClone and Owen Lempert all won a pair of individual events for the Pirates. Grady and Lempert were also on the victorious 400-yard medley relay.  Byron Rossmiller and Eben Schumann joined them on the opening medley relay with a winning time of 3:32.45.

Grady followed with a dominating win in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:43.61.  He also won the 200-yard breaststroke in similar dominating fashion (2:07.12).  McClone picked up victories in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.74) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.79).  Lempert sprinted to wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.32) and 100-yard freestyle (48.34).

Rossmiller claimed the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.61) and Jake Davies won the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.99).

After Whitworth's women opened the meet with a win in the 400 medley relay, Linfield claimed victory in the next five races to open an insurmountable lead.  The Pirates were able to trim the deficit significantly, but could not climb all the way back.

Isabella Hackney won the 100 freestyle in 55.83 for Whitworth's first individual win. Hannah Galbraith followed with a first place in the 200 backstroke (2:13.09).  Jamie Siegler took first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:29.39.

All three Pirate women, along with Eve Vetter, were on the winning 400 medley relay (4:04.33). 

Linfield's Evette Dow won three individual races – the 1,000 free, 200 free and 500 free, to lead the Wildcats to the win.

Whitworth will conclude its trip to Oregon with a dual meet at Willamette on Saturday afternoon.