Lewis & Clark earns second sweep in last two duals

Lewis & Clark earns second sweep in last two duals

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Using wins in all four relays and 15 of the 18 individual events, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers won both the men's and women's team scores against the Pacific Boxers on Saturday at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center. The women won by the widest margin, 145-57, while the men were victorious, 139-57.

The sweep of Pacific is Lewis & Clark's second in the last three Northwest Conference duals this year and the third time in as many seasons it has swept the Boxers. Lewis & Clark will head to the NWC Championships on Feb. 9-11 with both teams having multiple dual wins for the first time since 2009-10.

Three seniors -- Anna James, Miles French and Lucia Brammer -- had winning times on Saturday. French was a multi-event winner as were four other Pios.

"It's great to get out on the road for our final dual meet and come away with wins for both teams," said head coach Chris Fantz. "We raced tough and our swimmers are working to put together races like they will want to at the NWC Championships."

James was victorious in 12:06.59 in the 1,000 Freestyle, besting teammate Emily Skaggs by about three seconds. Grace Anderson was third in the all-Pios field. Brammer touched just ahead of Eleanor Gerrior in the 200 Butterfly to end the race in 2:21.09. Gerrior was second by over two seconds with a mark of 2:22.98.

In addition to swimming the second leg of Lewis & Clark's winning 400 Medley relay team, French placed first in the 200 Individual Medley (2:05.06) and the 200 Breaststroke (2:15.08). Kevin Fox and Matt Jackson were third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 IM, while Jackson and William Witmer followed French in the 200 Breaststroke. Kyle Monteleone, who won the 200 Backstroke (2:12.14) ahead of third-place teammate Rowan Gannon and was second in the 200 Freestyle (1:53.34), led off the 400 Medley relay. Jackson and Witmer were the final two legs as the Pioneers won by just over five-tenths of a second in 3:45.05.

The women began the day with a 4:17.85 time in the 400 Medley relay. Sam Duran, Erin Khong, Gerrior and Claire Greene swam the race and finished about two seconds ahead of Pacific. Duran later won the 200 Backstroke by over two seconds with a mark of 2:20.29. Julia Brandt was fourth in the race (2:24.93). Khong won the 200 Individual Medley over Pacific's Maya Okamura with a time of 2:19.90. Brammer finished third and Kasia Preski took fourth for the Pios. Greene followed teammate Kassie Kometani in the 100 Freestyle. Kometani, who also won the 50 Freestyle in 25.25, finished the 100 Freestyle in 56.57 before Greene touched in 59.61. Skaggs was fourth. Gerrior took third and Alex Raphael was fourth in the 50 Freestyle.

Duran, Kometani and Greene joined Sabrina Murray for a win the women's 400 Freestyle relay. The group was over three seconds faster than Pacific with a mark of 3:53.43. Murray took both of her individual races, first winning the 200 Freestyle (2:02.95) ahead of Brandt and Margot Chirayath and then the 500 Freestyle (5:32.62) over James.

August Bergh won the 500 Freestyle for the men with a time of 5:08.51, almost 20 seconds better than the field. Jonathan Torres was third and Ben Virgin was fourth in the race. In the 1,000 Freestyle, Bergh placed first in 10:43.37 to beat out Matthew Bress' 11:19.00. In the 400 Freestyle relay, Bergh swam the anchor leg behind Fox, Andrew Butcher and Sam Raphael for a winning time of 3:26.56. Lewis & Clark also had the second-place team of Sam Smith, Zach Lebovic, Jack Bergamini and Torres. Smith and Torres were third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 Freestyle, while Bress was the Pios' top finisher in the 200 Butterfly, taking second in 2:10.34. Fox was third at 2:11.58.

Butcher was the winner of the 50 Freestyle (22.61) before taking the 100 Freestyle in 49.42.

"We have a lot of rest ahead for us and that's going to pay off," said Fantz after the dual. The Pioneers are idle until the NWC Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The team has one race, the Puget Sound Finale, to end the season on Feb. 17.

Lewis & Clark will attempt to move up from their sixth (women) and seventh (men) place finishes from last year's conference championships.