NWC Championships: In all, seven school records fall for the Pioneers

NWC Championships: In all, seven school records fall for the Pioneers

Lewis & Clark competed at the Northwest Conference Championships on Feb. 10-12 in Federal Way, Wash. LCPioneers.com posted updates throughout the meet. 

Day 3 Finals

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers concluded competition at the Northwest Conference Championships on Sunday with more record-breaking performances, giving the Pios a total of seven new school records set at the event.

Overall, the women's team kept their sixth-place position from Friday night all the way to the end in the team standings. The men placed seventh as a team.

Kassie Kometani earned her second top-two finish of the meet, placing runner-up in the 100 Freestyle. Much like in the 50 Freestyle, Kometani's time of 53.17 was second only to Whitman senior Tai Hallstein new meet record of 51.28.

Katie Kulp also finished in the two spot in the 200 Butterfly, shaving a full second off her prelim time to finish in 2:12.57. Overall, Kulp, who was competing in her first NWC Championships, had three top-six performances.

Kometani and Kulp joined Eleanor Gerrior and Sam Duran in the 400 Freestyle relay, where the team registered a third-place time of 3:35.10.

"This was a great end to our championship meet. I'm so proud of this team and the maturity and poise they showed throughout the championship," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Our team broke four school records in finals tonight and everyone who advanced from this morning swam faster. The support they give each other is tremendous."

Matt Jackson set a best-ever mark for the Pios in the 200 Breaststroke earlier in the day and reset it again while finishing first in the B final on Sunday night with a time of 2:10.23, over a second faster than his first swim.

Zac Oser clocked in at 1:58.63 to place eighth in the 200 Backstroke final. August Bergh placed 11th in the 1,650 Freestyle with a mark of 16:51.75.

Natsuha Kajii was 10th in the 1,650 Freestyle at 18:40.23, followed by Emily Skaggs who was 16th in 19:12.43, one spot ahead of Anna James.


Day 3 Preliminaries

Lewis & Clark took on their third day of Northwest Conference Championships, competing in preliminaries on Sunday morning. 

Matt Jackson and William Witmer both finished in the top 15 of the men's 200 Breaststroke. Jackson finished in 2:11.44, breaking the Lewis & Clark record.

Freshman Emily Skaggs grabbed eighth in the women's 1,650 Freestyle, five seconds faster than teammate Anna James who finished in ninth. Jon Torres, Matt Bress and Ben Virgin finished the race on the men's side. 

Zac Oser, competing in the men's 200 Backstroke finished with a time of 2:00.12 for eighth place.

Kassie Kometani grabbed third place in the women's 100 Freestyle with a time of 53.55, qualifying her for the final.

Competing in the 200 Butterfly, Katie Kulp swam to a second-place finish with a time of 2:13.59, less than a second behind the first place finisher from Linfield. Sam Duran and Lucia Brammer also competed, finishing in the top 15. 

Day 2 Finals

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers competed in 13 individual races on the second day of finals at the NWC Championships on Saturday night. Overall, four racers earned points for the Pios.

Sophomore August Bergh had the best finish of any Lewis & Clark finals racer, earning fifth at 1:44.81 in the 200 Freestyle. He now has two top-five finishes at the event.

"Two days in we are racking up a lot of great swims" said head coach Chris Fantz. "With 13 individual races tonight, we had strong representation in finals. Four of our women qualifying in the 400 Individual Medley was huge."

Katie Kulp had the best performance in the 400 IM. The transfer sophomore improved by 1.5 seconds in her final, placing fourth with a time of 4:41.50. Claire Greene, Lucia Brammer and Anna DePaepe made the B final of the event. Samantha Duran was eighth in both the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke, ending both with identical 1:00.14 marks. Both Kulp and Duran, a freshman, are competing at their first conference championships. 

Duran wasn't the only first-year swimmer to make a final, as William Witmer and Matt Jackson both made it back for individual events. Witmer was 14th in the 100 Breaststroke prelims and Jackson qualified for the B final at 11th in the 100 Butterfly. 

"As coaches, we are really proud of the way we are racing and the overall energy we're bringing to each session," said Fantz.

The women's team held its sixth spot in the team rankings, adding distance between them and seventh-place Willamette to lead now by 53 points. The Pioneers are less than 30 points behind Whitworth. The Pios men slipped to seventh place, 24 points behind Willamette and 18 points ahead of Pacific. Whitman is leading both sides of the event.

The final day will include the 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly and 1,650 Freestyle, with the finals of the 400 Freestyle relay taking place in the evening session. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. before finals at 5 p.m.

Day 2 Preliminaries

In the 400 Individual Medley, junior Katie Kulp placed fourth with a time of 4:43.08, beating her seed time by almost five seconds. Teammates Claire GreeneLucia Brammer and Anna DePaepe also competed in the race. 

Freshman Samantha Duran came in seventh with a time of 59.22 in the women's 100 Butterfly. Eleanor Gerrior and Kassie Kometani also finished in the top 15.

In the men's 100 Butterfly, Matt Jackson finished two seconds faster than his seed time, placing eleventh while teammate Kevin Fox finishing in 13th. 

Junior Natsuha Kajii, competing in her first NWC Championships, finished 10th in the 200 Freestyle. August Bergh grabbed third on the men's side, with a time of 1:43.76.

William Witmer finished in the top 15 of the men's 100 Breaststroke, while Duran placed third in the women's race at 58.76. Zac Oser was tenth in 100 Backstroke with a time of 55.09.

Day 1 Finals

Kassie Kometani was second in the 50 Freestyle final with a mark of 24.25 to highlight the Lewis & Clark Pioneers after day one of the Northwest Conference Championships. Kometani placed second behind Tai Hallstein of Whitman, who set a new conference record. Eleanor Gerrior ended the race in sixth at 24.51.

LINK: Day 1 results

With a time of 21.47, Zac Oser finished seventh in his 50 Freestyle final to further break the school record that he originally surpassed earlier in the day. His preliminaries time was 21.50. August Bergh did the same in the 500 Freestyle, placing third in the final with a mark of 4:39.56, which was nearly a second faster than his first record-setting time of 4:40.37 from the prelims.

"This was a great start to our championship weekend," said head coach Chris Fantz. "August and Zac breaking school records in the morning and again at night gave us a boost. Even better, we had solid swims almost across the board from our team so the momentum is there heading into Saturday and many more individual races."

In addition to the two individual records, Lewis & Clark's men's 400 Medley relay team broke the all-time school mark after clocking in at 3:35.95, which unseats the 1978-88 team of Matt Roth, Shahn Towers, Mike Power and David Cloninger by one-tenth of a second. The men finished sixth in both relays, with the other being the 200 Freestyle, while the women placed sixth in the 400 Medley and eighth in the 200 Freestyle.

"Our guys taking down a team record in the medley was a fun way to finish the night in finals," said Fantz.

Competing in her first-ever NWC Championships, Katie Kulp scored points with her finals finish. Kulp finished sixth by six-hundredths of a second in the 200 Individual Medley, clocking in at 2:11.06.

The schedule for Saturday's races can be found on the host team's website.

Day 1 Preliminaries

Lewis & Clark started competition at the Northwest Conference Championships with a pair of record-breaking performances on Friday at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center.

Pioneers senior Zac Oser was fifth in the men's 50 Freestyle. His time of 21.50 was nearly a second better than his seed time. Entering the season, Oser was third on Lewis & Clark's all-time list in the race. His performance on Friday moves him past David Cloninger who had set the record in 1987-88 at 21.68.

Sophomore August Bergh, who set a new 1,000 Freestyle school record at last year's conference meet, broke Lewis & Clark's best mark in the 500 Freestyle on Friday. Bergh finished third with a time of 4:40.37 in the race preliminaries and will race in the final on Friday evening. Three seasons ago, Trevor Schapiro set the record at 4:42.01, which Bergh had approached last season with a time of 4:42.39.

Katie Kulp posted a time of 2:10.91 in the 200 Individual Medley, the fourth-best mark of the prelims. It is Kulp's first time competing in the conference final. 

Kassie Kometani finished third in the 50 Freestyle at 24.29 and advanced to the final. Eleanor Gerrior moved on also with a fifth-place mark of 24.48.