Lewis & Clark hosts first meet of the season against Whitworth

Lewis & Clark hosts first meet of the season against Whitworth

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lewis & Clark hosted their first Northwest Conference dual meet against the Whitworth Pirates on Friday night at Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion. Kassie Kometani and Zac Oser took first place in the men and women's 50 Freestyle, respectively, but it wasn't enough to pull off team wins. The women fell (113-92) to Whitworth, while the men ended the night with a loss as well (132-73). 

The women started out the evening strong, with Samantha Duran, Katie Kulp, Eleanor Gerrior and Kometani pulling off a win in the 400 yard Medley Relay.

August Bergh followed their lead, posting the first individual win of the night for the Pioneers, with a time of 1:47.54 in the men's 200 Freestyle.

Sophomore Kometani took first place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.76, while her teammate Gerrior came in second. After back-to-back second place finished last weekend, it was a hard-fought win for Kometani. In the men's 50 yard Freestyle, Oser put up a time of 22.77 seconds to clinch a first place finish.

"In the women's meet we knew we'd put together a lot of solid swims to be sitting 10 points up with only three events to go. Kassie Kometani and Sam Duran each winning all three of their races were a key piece of that puzzle," said head coach Chris Fantz, "On the men's side, we knew we were up against a perennial powerhouse, as well. So, winning three straight events early on and August taking first the 200 and later the 500 were real bright spots for us."

Kevin Fox won the 200 yard Individual Medley for the men, with a time of 2:05.10, only .02 seconds ahead of Whitworth's Jake McCollough.

In the women's 200 yard Backstroke, Duran beat out the competition by more than 4 seconds, taking first with a time of 2:14:24.

With a time of 5:28.35, Natusha Kajii pulled out a third place finish in the 500-yard Freestyle.

For the second meet in a row, Lewis & Clark grabbed 2nd-4th place in the men's 200 Breaststroke, with William Witmer, Matt Jackson and Miles French.

"We got two, three, four, so obviously there's a little bit of work to be done still," said sophomore Bergh, "but it's really encouraging to see those two freshmen [Witmer, Jackson] stepping it up." 

Alex Raphael took second place in the women's 200 Breaststroke.

In the second relay of the night, the team of Greene, Raphael, Emily Skaggs and Kajii took second place, narrowly beating the third place Whitworth team. The men's team of Bergh, Kevin Fox, Micheal Zabrucky and Oser placed second. 

"We saw a lot of improvements over last week and a few more lifetime bests, which are always cause for celebration after a good training week," said Fantz. 

The Pioneers return Saturday night to take on Whitman College to finish their first set of back-to-back duels at home.