FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- At the end of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished in sixth for both the men and women. The women had 302.5 points finishing in sixth place, 5.5 points ahead of Willamette, and the men finished with 302 points, also ending in sixth place, three points ahead of Willamette.
"Watching these ladies race so hard this weekend was amazing," said senior Anna James. "My voice is gone from cheering and we finished in sixth place, which was amazing. So many school records were also broke. It was just incredible."
The event started off with the longest race of the evening, the 1,650 Freestyle. Sabrina Murray placed fifth with a time of 18:20.08 and was .98 seconds in front of Puget Sound. August Bergh placed sixth with a time of 16:45.43 and was 11 seconds behind Puget Sound.
Ian Shepel was the only swimmer for the Pioneers in the 200 Backstroke. He placed fifth in the consolation finals with a time of 2:02.66.
In the 100 Freestyle, Kassie Kometani placed fourth in the championship heat with a time of 53.30. Kometani, the runner-up in the event last year, was .03 seconds behind Puget Sound. Andrew Butcher also raced in the championship finals of this event and finished with a time of 46.77, placing fifth. His time was .12 seconds behind Whitman.
The Pioneers had two women's swimmers in the 200 Breaststroke consolation finals. Alex Raphael and Erin Khong swam side-by-side with Raphael coming in sixth with a time of 2:34.91 and Khong coming in eighth with a time of 2:36.25.
In the men's 200 Breaststroke, Matt Jackson and William Witmer swam in the consolation finals. Witmer finished third with a time of 2:13.51 and Jackson came in first place with a time of 2:11.13. Miles French, who came in second in the 100 Breaststroke on Saturday, placed eighth in the championship finals with a time of 2:10.94.
Lucia Brammer and Eleanor Gerrior also swam side-by-side in the consolation finals of the 200 Butterfly. Brammer came in sixth with a time of 2:17.70 and Gerrior finished seventh in 2:18.91. Championship finalist Sam Duran came in third with a time of 2:09.15, winning the only placement medal for the Pioneers on Sunday night.
For the men's 200 Butterfly, Matt Bress and Kevin Fox raced in the consolation finals. Bress finished in sixth with a time of 2:03.21 and Fox came in seventh with a time of 2:04.35.
In the final event of the night, the 400 Freestyle relay, the women's squad came in fifth with a time of 3:38.24. The men's squad came in fifth with a time of 3:12.76 after a Linfield disqualification.
"The 400 Freestyle relay is always an incredible race," said senior Alex Raphael. "It is definitely exciting because all the teams are watching since it is the last race. It was really awesome watching those ladies race because whoever finishes the fastest could bump or drop your team's overall placement."
"We didn't even know how close the score was between us and Willamette," said James. "So I am really happy the men and women both held sixth place."
Lewis & Clark has a last chance swimming event at Puget Sound on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. The event time is to be determined.
Day 3 - Preliminaries
The final day of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships kicked-off on Sunday morning and the Pioneers had six swimmers qualify for the championship finals of their respective events. They also have a new 100 Freestyle record set by Andrew Butcher.
The first event of the morning was the women's 200 Backstroke. Julia Brandt came in seventh in her heat with a time of 2:20.41. Liora Gonicman also raced and placed fifth in her heat with a time of 2:27.10. For the men, Ian Shepel placed fifth in the third heat and qualified for the consolation finals with a time of 2.03.00.
For the 100 Freestyle, one of the more popular events of the day, Kassie Kometani finished first in heat six with a time of 53.69 and qualified for the championship final. Claire Greene finished first in her heat with a time of 56.42, but was just shy of qualifying for the consolation heat. Gonicman had a time of 1:02.72 and placed fifth in her heat, while in another, Claire Megna placed sixth with a time of 1:01.00.
"It feels great," said Kometani. "I was in the finals event last year, so I really wanted to have another good race and make it back. It was a season best and I am hoping to go even faster tonight."
In the men's 100 Freestyle, Butcher qualified for the championship finals with a time of 46.85 and broke the school record by .49 seconds. Zachary Lebovic placed fourth in his heat with a time of 53.99, while Jack Bergamini finished third at 53.64. In another heat, Sam Raphael placed fourth with a time of 50.36 and Rowan Gannon finished eighth with a time of 51.86.
Erin Khong and Alex Raphael both qualified for the 200 Breaststroke consolation finals with Khong finishing in a time of 2:36.29 and Raphael at 2:34.90. Kasia Preski finished sixth in her heat with a time of 2:13.46. Senior Miles French had another great showing, finishing first in his heat with a time of 2:11.25 and qualifying for the championship finals. In the same heat, William Witmer finished third with a 2:13.85. which qualified him for the consolation finals and Matt Jackson also qualified in another heat with a time of 2:13.46. Sam Smith placed seventh in his heat with a time of 2:23.66.
Sam Duran had another outstanding preliminaries session, qualifying for the championship finals in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:09.07 and finishing first in her heat. In another heat, both Eleanor Gerrior and Lucia Brammer qualified for the consolation finals with Gerrior finishing fourth with a time of 2:18.03 and Brammer finishing third with a 2:16.58. Margot Chirayath finished seventh in her heat with a time of 2:27.35. Matthew Bress and Kevin Fox both represented the men by qualifying for the consolation finals. Bress finished fourth in his heat with a time of 2:02.11 and Fox finishing sixth in his with a 2:03.68.
For the 1,650 Freestyle event, Sabrina Murray already qualified for the championship finals, so she didn't swim on Sunday morning. Anna James finished with a time of 19:22.65 while in the same heat, Emily Skaggs finished in 19:39.72. Jonathan Torres finished with a time of 18:24.04 and Bress finished with an 18:02.74. Grace Anderson finished her race with a time of 19:51.75. In the final race of the morning, Ben Virgin finished the 1,650 Freestyle with a time of 19:03.79.
The championship finals for the third and final day will begin at 5 p.m.
Day 2 - Finals
After the second day at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, the Pioneers are in sixth overall. The women are in sixth with 218 points, 14 points ahead of Willamette, and the men are in also in sixth with 210 points, three points behind Puget Sound.
There were four relay events in tonight's championship event. In the 200 Medley relay, the women's squad placed eighth with a time of 1:56.66 and the men's squad placed sixth with a time of 1:36.46. The men were .15 seconds behind Puget Sound.
In the 800 Freestyle relay, the last event of the night, the Lewis & Clark women placed fourth with a time of 7:57.89 and the men placed seventh with a time of 7:16.14.
In the 400 Individual Medley, one of the toughest events of the evening, Claire Greene placed seventh with a time of 4:53.02 in the championship heat. Lucia Brammer placed seventh and Erin Khong placed eighth in the consolation finals. Their times were separated by 2.64 seconds with Brammer finishing at 4:55.93.
For the 100 Butterfly, Sam Duran placed fifth in the championship finals with a time of 57.91. She broke her own school record that she set this morning by .16 seconds. In the consolation finals, Eleanor Gerrior won the event with a 58.86 and Margot Chirayath placed eighth with a 1:01.97. Championship finalist Kyle Monteleone finished fourth in his heat with a 51.75. For the men's consolation finals, Kevin Fox finished eighth with a 54.86 and Matt Jackson placed seventh with a 54.48.
Kassie Kometani had one of the only top-three finishes for the Pioneers on Saturday evening, taking third place in the 200 Freestyle championship heat. She finished with a time of 1:55.75, which was .59 seconds behind Whitman and was just over a tenth of a second off the school record. Sabrina Murray came in first for the consolation finals with a time of 1:59.55.
"We have already had some tremendous swims this evening," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Sam Duran lowered her own record and placed fifth in the championship, and we are really happy that Kyle Monteleone held onto fourth in his first ever championship heat as a freshman. Both of his swims were also within tenths of a second of our school records. Kassie's 200 Free was just over a tenth of a second of breaking the school record and her third-place finish is the best she has ever had in this event."
In the men's 100 Breaststroke championship finals, Miles French came in at 57.70, which placed him in second and was .30 seconds behind the first place finisher from Whitworth even after hitting the lane lines at the 50 mark.
"I felt really really proud about my performance in that race," said Miles French. "At the beginning of the season, I honestly had no idea how I was going to do. That race could've gone anywhere, but I'm glad I got second place."
Duran also placed fourth in the 100 Backstroke championship finals, her second championship event of the night, with a time of 58.28 seconds. She was .20 seconds behind third-place Linfield. In Monteleone's second championship race, he placed in eighth with a time of 52.56 and was .05 seconds behind Pacific Lutheran
The final day of the meet will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Day 2 - Preliminaries
The Lewis & Clark women started off strong on day two of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships. In the first event of the day, three women moved into the finals of the 400 Individual Medley, which includes Lucia Brammer, Claire Greene and Erin Khong. Brammer and Khong qualified for the consolation finals, and Brammer set a new season-best with a time of 4:54.21. Greene qualified with a time of 4:50.50 and will race in the championship heat.
"It felt really good to have a new season best," said Brammer. "I feel really confident for my other races after using this to gauge where I am at. Not only me, but even the team is confident after this great start we had as a team."
The Pioneers kept the streak going by qualifying another three women for the 100 Butterfly final race. Sophomore Sam Duran qualified for the championship heat with a time of 58.07 and Margot Chirayath and Eleanor Gerrior qualified for the consolation finals. Duran will also be in the 100 Backstroke championship heat. She qualified with a time of 58.22. Duran beat the school record in both events with times of 58.34 for the backstroke and 58.78 for the butterfly.
For the men, Kyle Monteleone was the first qualifier and will be racing in the championship heat of the 100 Butterfly, while Kevin Fox and Matt Jackson qualified for the consolation finals. Monteleone will also swim in the 100 Backstroke championship heat, qualifying with a time of 51.84 and placing sixth overall, which broke the old school record of 54.27.
Freestyle swimmer August Bergh will race in the championship heat of the 200 Freestyle, qualifying with a time of 1:44.43. His teammate Andrew Butcher will race in the consolation finals qualifying with a time of 1:47.12.
In the woman's freestyle, Kassie Kometani set a new season-best and qualified for the championship heat with a time of 1:57.53 and Sabrina Murray qualified for the consolation finals with a time of 1:59.76. For the men, Bergh qualified for the championship heat with a time of 1:44.43 and Butcher qualified for the consolation final with a 1:47.12.
"Our confidence is really high right now," said Kometani. "We have one swimmer (Claire Greene) going into the championship finals for the first time in her career and it is absolutely amazing. It was a really good morale boost for all of us and let us just finish out day two really strong."
Miles French placed second in the 100 Breaststroke with a 57.89 moving him to the championship heat and beating the old school record of 58.66. William Witmer qualified for the consolation finals with a time of one minute flat.
Lewis & Clark has a total of eight places in championship races for Saturday night and is expecting the four new records to be broken again.
Day two finals races will begin at 6 p.m.
Day 1 - Finals
Three underclassmen set records for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers with two happening in Friday evening's finals session at the Northwest Conference Championships. Sam Duran and Kyle Monteleone set new all-time best marks in the 100 Backstroke, while the men's 400 Medley relay team knocked down the old school record at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Duran led off the 400 Medley relay with a 100 Backstroke time of 57.90 that was good enough to best Rachel Cazden's 58.34 mark from 2010-11. In the next race, Monteleone surpassed Justin Lawton's 12-year old time of 54.27 by clocking in at 52.37, which also kickstarted a school record for the whole relay. Miles French, Matt Jackson and August Bergh followed Monteleone to finish in 3:32.21. Jackson and Bergh had helped set the old record, 3:35.95, last year with current teammate William Witmer and 2017 graduate Zac Oser.
Lewis & Clark ended the 10-event evening session with the men's team in sixth place and the women's team in seventh.
Kassie Kometani was sixth overall in the 50 Freestyle at 25.64. Eleanor Gerrior won the consolation final in 24.78. Sabrina Murray also won a consolation final, taking ninth overall in the 500 Freestyle by over three seconds in 5:15.19.
Bergh and Monteleone finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 500 Freestyle. The pair was separated by just over five-tenths of second with Bergh touching in 4:41.41.
Andrew Butcher followed his record-setting preliminaries performance with a 21.05 mark in the final, placing sixth.
The second day of the meet begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Day 1 - Preliminaries
The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had a pair of top-eight finishers in the men's 500 Freestyle and a broken school record that highlighted Friday's opening preliminaries of the Northwest Conference Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
In all, four Pios earned spots in Friday night's championship finals. Lewis & Clark also stood out in the women's 200 Individual Medley, as three Pioneers qualified for the consolation final.
"We had a good start to our championship with a lot of people coming back for second swims tonight," said head coach Chris Fantz. "A couple of highlights for me were bringing two men back in the top eight of the 500 for the first time and getting three women back to the 200 IM consolation final.
Freshman Andrew Butcher also set a new school record in the men's 50 Freestyle, timing out at 20.97 to beat Zac Oser's 2016-17 mark of 21:47 in the Lewis & Clark record book.
"Andrew was our final swim of the morning and his new school record in the 50 Freestyle punctuates a solid session."
Kyle Monteleone and August Bergh finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to move into the 500 Freestyle final. Monteleone touched in 4:42.59 with Bergh close behind at 4:43.01. Both were each swimmer's fastest marks of the season.
Kassie Kometani qualified for the championship final with the sixth-fastest time in the women's 50 Freestyle. At 24.52, the returning All-NWC selection was .11 faster than her qualifying time. Eleanor Gerrior narrowly missed the championship final with a ninth-place finish (24.62). Sabrina Murray also finished ninth in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:18.90 and will race in the consolation final.
Claire Greene, Erin Khong and Lucia Brammer finished in the top 15 of the 200 Individual Medley to give the Pios a trio in the consolation final. Greene was the fastest in 11th at 2:16.05, a season-best.
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