FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Whitworth University men have grabbed an early lead at the 2019 Northwest Conference swimming championships thanks to a pair of relay victories on Thursday night. The Pirate women are in third place after two relays.
Whitworth's men opened defense of their league title by winning the 200-yard medley relay. Byron Rossmiller, Ryan Grady, Eben Schumann and Owen Lempert sprinted to a winning time of 1:31.28 to defeat runner-up Linfield by 1.79 seconds.
The Pirate men followed with a dominating victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:49.92. Grady, Jake Davies, Logan Todd and Finn McClone finished nearly six seconds ahead of runner-up Puget Sound (6:55.73).
The men's team scores through the opening night are: Whitworth 80, Puget Sound 66, Linfield 60, Whitman 58, Lewis & Clark 56, Willamette 52, George Fox 50, Pacific (Ore.) 40, Pacific Lutheran 26.
The Pirate women finished third in both relays on Thursday night. Hannah Galbraith, Jamie Siegler, Isabella Hackney and Eve Vetter went 1:46.79 in the 200 medley relay, over three seconds faster than the entry mark. Linfield won the race with a time of 1:45.47.
The women's team scores through Thursday's relays are: Whitman and Linfield 74, Whitworth 64, Puget Sound 58, Pacific Lutheran 56, Lewis & Clark 52, Willamette 48, George Fox 46, Pacific (Ore.) 36.
The meet continues on Friday with individual events in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle, along with the 400-yard medley relay.