The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are competing at the Logger Invitational this weekend, Dec. 2-4. We'll post updates throughout the event in this post.
TACOMA, Wash. --
The Pioneers continue to grab spots in the finals, with top seeds in three different races.
Teammate Natsuha Kajii also locked down the top seed in her event, and will now be competing in the women's 200 free tonight.
Also continuing on tonight is Samantha Duran, who grabbed the third seed in the 100 back, and the second seed spot for 200 fly.
For the men, August Bergh completed the 200 free with the top seed, and will head to finals tonight.
"We had solid swims this morning and a lot of people are coming back to finals tonight with the chance to score a bunch of points," said head coach Chris Fantz, "I'm stoked we have the top seed in three different races with August, Kassie, and Natsuha. They worked hard this morning to earn those spots."
August will swim his 1650 tonight in finals by qualifying top-8 heading into the meet. As will Natsuha and Emily Skaggs.
TACOMA, Wash. -- Six Lewis & Clark swimmers finished in the top four as individual preliminaries were raced on Saturday at the Logger Open at Puget Sound's Athletics & Aquatics Center.
The Pioneers will have racers in six events during Sunday's finals after finishing in the top eight of the prelims. From the men's team, August Bergh finished third in the prelims of the 500 Freestyle with a mark of 4:46.30, a full 10 seconds better than his seed time.
Entering the final day of the three-day event, the Lewis & Clark women are in fifth place, five points behind Redlands, and the men are in sixth.
"As we dig further into a meet weekend, we get more and more opportunities to develop toughness and fight through discomfort with races that come pretty quickly one after another," said Lewis & Clark head coach Chris Fantz. "Our student-athletes are doing this. It usually proves to be great preparation for the Conference Championship."
Freshman Samantha Duran finished in the top two of three events, the 100 Butterfly and 200 Backstroke. Duran touched in the 100 Butterfly at 59.65, second to Pacific Lutheran's Therese Ackman's 59.50. In the 200 Backstroke, Duran posted a mark of 2:10.04 to place third. Eleanor Gerrior took fourth in the 100 Butterfly at 1:00.07 and Kassie Kometani was sixth with a time of 1:00.97.
Katie Kulp finished ninth after a swim-off with Puget Sound's Kelli Callahan. Kulp had a mark of 1:01.20 before a 59.19 in the swim-off. She later placed fourth in the 200 Individual Medley at 2:14.62.
Kometani later placed second in the 100 Freestyle prelim with a time of 54.90, a new season-best time.
"We had a solid second night," said head coach Chris Fantz. "We added an individual event winner to our relay win last night. Kassie attacked her 100 Freestyle and dominated the last length for the win and a huge season-best time."
In the men's 200 Breaststroke, William Witmer was fifth with a time of 2:15.12, followed by Matt Jackson's eighth-place time of 2:17.78. Zac Oser was 16th in the 100 Freestyle and Jackson was 13th in the 200 IM.
After being part of the Pios' record-setting 800 Freestyle relay team on Friday, Natsuha Kajii was ninth in the 500 Freestyle, three spots ahead of Emily Skaggs. Kajii clocked in at 5:24.35.
Fantz has also been impressed by his newest team members through the first two days of the Logger Open.
"A number our newest swimmers are working quickly up our top-10 lists and that is an awesome sign for our future," said Fantz.
The finals begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday and there will be live video of the races.
TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers started the races at the Logger Invitational with a school record-breaking performance in the 200 Medley and 800 Freestyle relays at the Puget Sound Athletics & Aquatics Center on Friday night. Through four relay events, the Pioneers women's team is in third place and the men's team is in sixth.
Samantha Duran, Katie Kulp, Eleanor Gerrior and Kassie Kometani finished just over one-tenth of a second behind Puget Sound in the 200 Medley relay for second place. The time of 1:49.70 set a new school record in the race.
Two races later, the Pios won the 800 Freestyle relay when Natsuha Kajii joined Kulp, Duran and Kometani for a 7:53.04 finish, which was two seconds faster than second-place Linfield.
"We couldn't start a meet much better than we did tonight," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Only relays were contested in what amounts to a different format for us. Starting off with school records in two women's relays is phenomenal and gives us a ton of confidence to start individual events in the morning."
The old record, a time of 1:49.94, in the 200 Medley relay was set in 2012-13 by Rachel Cazden, Ali Brauer, Gail Wilcoxen and Hannah Frank. In 2008-09, Lindsay Nixon, Claire Jordan, Susie Trexler and Koy Collier swam the 800 Freestyle relay in 7:58.03.
"A number of our men and women put up solid splits for December, including our men finishing under a second away from the 200 Medley record," said Fantz.
Racing resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Check back for updates throughout the event, Dec. 2-4, on LCPioneers.com