By Sam Taylor
Portland, ORE-- The Pioneers took on Linfield in Zhentbauer pool Friday evening, splitting the meet with the Wildcats. The Lewis & Clark women took down Linfield 116-89, while the Pioneer men couldn't quite close the deal with the meet breaking for the Wildcats 109-90.
The Pioneer Women showed both consistency and depth to take the meet. The L&C 200 Medley relay team of Rachael Cazden, Ali Brauer, Gail Wilcoxen, and Hannah Frank opened the meet with a win and the Pioneers started rolling from there. Cazden and Frank went 1-2 in the 50 Freestyle, while Katy Yeh and Brauer pulled off the same in the 400 Individual Medley. Monica Castro and Wilcoxen achieved the same 1-2 punch in the 100 Butterfly before Cazden took her third win of the evening in the 100 Backstroke. The final win of the evening was also the third for Ali Brauer, who took the top step in the 100 Breastroke followed by teammates Heather Markham and Yeh.
The Pioneer Men fought a strong battle with Linfield throughout the program. River Poze, Tyler Moody, Seth Anderson, and Luke Engstrand joined forces to take the win in the 200 Medley Relay. Trevor Schapiro continued his string of strong distance swims with a win in the 1650 Freestyle by almost forty seconds over the next swimmer, then backed that up with a win in the 100 Butterfly. Moody took the win in the 100 Freestyle and followed that up with a win in the 100 Breaststroke.
Head Coach Chris Fantz was pleased with the racing; "This was a strong meet for us. We looked forward to some great races and certainly saw them. Our sweep in the women's 100 Breaststroke was huge and followed a lot of tight races throughout the night. Tonight's meet and tomorrow's at Willamette cap off a great winter training camp. We're less than three weeks out of the championship and I like where we're headed."
The Pioneers are on the road Saturday, facing Willamette in the Bearcats home pool with the meet starting at 1 PM.