Lewis & Clark finishes regular season with sweep of Pacific

Lewis & Clark finishes regular season with sweep of Pacific

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Celebrating Senior Day, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers swept the Pacific Boxers in the final Northwest Conference dual of the year on Saturday afternoon at Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion. The Pios women won 117-85, their second victory in the last three tries, while the men won for the first time, 108-95.

Zac Oser, one of seven seniors competing at home for the last time, won the 100 Backstroke in 57.63 and was part of the winning 200 Freestyle relay team with August Bergh, William Witmer and Kevin Fox (1:31.53). Oser raced the 50 Freestyle in 22.57 to finish second, while Bergh won the 1,650 and 500 Freestyles with times of 17:35.65 and 4:59.32, respectively, and Fox was victorious in the 400 Individual Medley at 4:29.04.

Natsuha Kajii, an international student competing in a dual for the last time, won the 200 Freestyle in 2:02.11 and 500 Freestyle in 5:29.82. Along with Claire Greene, Eleanor Gerrior and Kassie Kometani, Kajii helped Lewis & Clark to a win in the 200 Freestyle relay (1:44.88). Kometani won the 50 Freestyle with a mark of 25.24 and 100 Freestyle in 56.25, and Greene was nearly second in the 200 Freestyle, finishing in 2:07.99, just under two seconds behind Pacific's Maya Okamura. Gerrior took third in the 50 Freestyle (25.89)

"A pair of wins is a fantastic way to wrap up Senior Day and our dual meet season," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Close, tough races are fun. Just as important, we are definitely on track to swim well in the championship in two weeks."

The NWC Championships are Feb. 10-12 in Federal Way, Wash.

Katie Kulp won the 400 Individual Medley by over five seconds (4:52.17) and took third in the 100 Breaststroke (1:13.04). She, along with Samantha Duran, Lucia Brammer and Alex Raphael, was also part of a 200 Medley relay team that was less than a second from a win. Duran won the 100 Butterfly in 1:01.48, while Matt Jackson (56.20) placed second in the men's race.

In an all-Lewis & Clark heat, freshman Emily Skaggs beat two of her teammates, Anna James and Claire Megna, in the 1,650 Freestyle with a mark of 20:11.32.

Witmer took second in the men's 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:53.85, followed by Sam Bundenthal and Jack Bergamini in third and fourth, respectively.

Along with Oser, Zach Simon and Dylan Camel raced for the final time as men's seniors, while Savannah Wohlstattar, Hannah Smay, Elizabeth Armitage and Katie-Lauren Dunbar were the women's seniors. All seven were acknowledged before the dual began.

"I'm so proud of all of our seniors and what they bring to our program," said Fantz. "Today was a great celebration."

It was the second-straight year the Pioneers won both sides of their dual with Pacific.