By Sam Taylor
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's and women's swim team honored its graduating seniors prior to the start of its Northwest Conference dual against the Pacific Boxers. Evan Damon and Josh Spegman were honored on the men's side, while Rachael Cazden, Hannah Frank, Rachel Levitsky, and Gail Wilcoxen were honored on the women's side.
The Pioneers found the meet against Pacific to be challenging, however, with the Boxers taking the women's side of the meet 122-83 and the men's side 123-72. The Pioneers did take three individual races and showed some solid team depth with just a few weeks to go prior to the conference championships.
Sofia Koutzoukis took the first win for the Pioneers in the 200 Freestyle, with Taylor Coiner finishing 3rd and Monica Castro 4th in that same race. Rachael Cazden continued her strong string of performances after being named the NWC Swimmer of the Week with a win in the 100 Backstroke as well as 2nd place in the 50 Freestyle, only .02 seconds behind the race winner from Pacific and just ahead of teammate Hannah Frank. Tyler Moody brought home the final win for the Pioneers, winning the 100 Breastroke with teammate Evan Damon in third place.
Although limited to just three wins by the Boxers, the Pioneers did record several 2-3 finishes in addition to the previously mentioned 50 Freestyle by Cazden and Frank. Lesley Pfeiffer and Heather Markham finished 2-3 in the 1000 Freestyle, and Katy Yeh and Ali Brauer did the same in the 400 Individual Medley. Hannah Frank and Sofia Koutzoukis pulled out a 2-3 in the 100 Freestyle, and River Poze and Josh Spegman did the same in the Men's 100 Backstroke. Pfeiffer and Castro also went 2-3 in the 500 Freestyle.
The Pioneers have the next weekend off to fine-tune their preparations for the NWC Championships, to be held February 8th, 9th, and 10th in Federal Way, WA.