Lewis & Clark has pair of multi-event winners in loss to PLU

Photo by Spencer Gutterman
Photo by Spencer Gutterman

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sam Duran and Kyle Monteleone won multiple events for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in a pair of dual defeats to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Saturday afternoon at Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion. The men's team fell 130-74, while the women lost 137-68.

Monteleone picked up his first two collegiate victories with wins in the 500 and 1,000 Freestyle. The freshman clocked in at 5:03.77 in the former before a 10:25.90 finish in the latter, nearly 13 seconds faster than PLU's Bradley Jerome. August Bergh, who won the 200 Freestyle in a close finish, was second at 5:04.88.

Duran won the 200 Freestyle in 2:00.48 and was followed by teammate Sabrina Murray in third. Duran added a win in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:01.20. Murray later finished third in the 500 Freestyle, two spots ahead of Anna James and three ahead of Claire Greene. Kassie Kometani, Duran, Greene and Murray led the Pioneers to a win in the 200 Freestyle relay, the only Pios relay win on the afternoon.

"We followed up last night's season opener with solid racing this afternoon," said head coach Chris Fantz. "A number of our swimmers were able to make positive adjustments from last night and several of them saw improved times in the same event. I loved seeing Kyle pick up wins in his first foray into the 1,000 and 500 Freestyles for us this year."

Kometani won the 100 Freestyle at 54.92, but missed out on winning the 50 Freestyle by less than three-tenths of a second. The junior finished second in 24.98.

"Duran won both individuals and led off a winning freestyle relay to round out the women's meet," said Fantz. "Kassie continued her tremendous sprinting start to her junior year with another best dual-meet 100 Freestyle time."

For the second-straight day, Andrew Butcher won the 50 Freestyle in 22.27 just ahead of Jacob Goodman of PLU. Butcher didn't take both of his events like he did on Friday, however, coming up seven-hundredths of a second short in the 100 Freestyle.

Erin Khong took third in the 400 Individual Medley. Her time was 4:55.92, about 12 seconds ahead of her teammate, Greene, who was fourth.

Miles French took second in the 100 Backstroke (1:02.46) and took third in the 400 Individual Medley. Ian Shepel took the same position in the 100 Backstroke at 58.01. William Witmer had a pair of fourth-place finishes.

Margot Chirayath, Lucia Brammer, Anna DePaepe and Kasia Preski were spots 4-7 in the 100 Butterfly.

Lewis & Clark goes on the road for the first time next weekend with duals at Whitworth and Whitman on Nov. 10 and 11, respectively.