Duran wins three, Bergh two in defeats at PLU

Duran wins three, Bergh two in defeats at PLU

TACOMA, Wash. -- In their second Northwest Conference dual of the year, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers picked up three individual wins by Samantha Duran and two by August Bergh. The victories highlighted Lewis & Clark's performance as both the men's and women's team were defeated by the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the team scores (146-59 men, 144-61 women).

Duran won the 200 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly and 400 Freestyle Relay in her second-ever collegiate dual. Bergh, an All-NWC selection last season, won the 1,000 Freestyle and had a come-from-behind effort to win the 500 Freestyle.

"I'm pleased with the confidence our younger swimmers are developing so quickly as they step up in their individual swims and some big relay performances," said Lewis & Clark head coach Chris Fantz. "We got what we needed from our first road trip and can gear up for some big home meets next week."

Kassie Kometani, who like Bergh was an All-NWC selection last year, was runner-up for the second-straight dual in the 50 Freestyle. She also finished top three in the 100 Freestyle. Men's junior Kevin Fox placed second in the men's 200 Butterfly.

A pair of first-year Pios had top-three performances in their respective 200 Individual Medleys. Katie Kulp, a transfer sophomore, placed third for the women and freshman Matt Jackson took second in the event for the men. 

After finishing first in two events on Friday against Puget Sound, international transfer Natusha Kajii earned a third-place spot in the 500 Freestyle. 

Zac Oser took third in the men's 50 Freestyle. William Witmer, Miles French and Jackson placed 2-4 in the 200 Breaststroke. 

"We're doing good work for our first back-to-back duals of the season," said Lewis & Clark head coach Chris Fantz. "Our swimmers are fighting through to the end in tough races, which is exactly what we want to do."

The Pioneers host Whitworth in their first home dual on Friday at 6 p.m.