Pioneers fall to Whitman, finishing first set of home duals

Pioneers fall to Whitman, finishing first set of home duals

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted their second-straight dual on Saturday afternoon at Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion, taking on Whitman at home. Both the Lewis & Clark men and women's teams fell to the Blues, 122-82 and 141-64, respectively. Natsuha Kajii and August Bergh continued their freestyle success with a first and second place finish each. 

Kajii competed in the 1,650 Freestyle, placing second with a time of 19:23.85. She also placed first in the 500 Freestyle, posting a time of 5:30.77. 

Bergh clinched the first win of the day for the Pioneers, finishing the men's 1,650 Freestyle more than 20 seconds before the runner-up from Whitman with a time of 17:29.93. He also finished second in the 500 Freestyle, posting a time of 4:57.90.

"I'm pleased with the way we're coming back to the second day of competition each of the past two weeks. We have been able to stay sharp and, in a lot of cases, elevate our racing over the day before," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Eleanor Gerrior's 100 Fly win was a lifetime best and she nearly cracked a minute. Katie Kulp began a line-up of three individual events with a commanding win in the 400 IM. Our distance swimmers got their first taste of the mile today and still came back for fantastic 500s late in the meet.
 
"I think our team has a good degree of confidence as we head toward a few weeks between competitions and some focused training."

Samantha Duran and Kassie Kometani pulled in first and second place finishes in the 200 Freestyle, finishing in 2:01.00 and 2:04.07, respectively.

Eleanor Gerrior placed second in the women's 50 Freestyle with a time of 25.65, beating her time of 26.02 from the dual against Whitworth on Friday. Zac Oser also finished second for the men, posting a time of 22.63 seconds, only .26 seconds behind the Whitman first place finisher.

Katie Kulp took first place in the women's 400 Individual Medley, finishing in 4:53.13, a full five seconds before the next finisher. Kulp also led the pack in the 100 Butterfly, placing second behind Gerrior, who won with a time of 1:00.12.

The men and women posted a pair of second place finished in the 100 Freestyle, with Kometani and William Witmer competing for the women and men, respectively. Duran also finished second in the 100 Backstroke, less than two seconds behind the first place finisher. Witmer also placed first in the men's 100 Breaststroke.

The Lewis & Clark 200 Freestyle relay teams took second in both the men and women's heats. The women were less than .5 seconds behind Whitman.

The Pioneers return to the pool on Dec. 2 in Tacoma, Wash. at the Logger Open.