Lewis & Clark women win three, men one in losses to Linfield

Lewis & Clark women win three, men one in losses to Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers women won three events and the men had one individual winner in Saturday's pair of losses against the Linfield Wildcats at the Linfield Aquatics Center.

Sam Duran, Kassie Kometani and Sabrina Murray won individual races for the Pioneers women, while August Bergh had a victory on the men's side.

Lewis & Clark dropped the women's team score, 106-99, and the men's half, 133-71. The defeats move the Pioneers women to 2-4 this season in the NWC, while the men drop to 1-5.

Duran won multiple events with firsts in the 200 Freestyle and 200 Butterfly. In the freestyle, the sophomore touched in 2:00.34 to finish ahead of four Wildcats. Her butterfly victory came in 2:15.10 to outpace two Linfield competitors. Lucia Brammer was fourth for the Pios.

Kometani touched first in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle. In the shorter race, Kometani clocked in at 24.92 to beat Linfield's Tahni Kakazu and Grace Lawson, who were both under 25.5. Eleanor Gerrior hit in 25.92 and Alex Raphael timed at 27.87 to place third and fourth, respectively. Kometani was a second clear of the rest in the 100 Freestyle at 54.61, just shy of her season best.

Murray won the first individual event of the night, the 1,000 Freestyle, racing 23 seconds clear of the field in 11:21.52. Anna James and Grace Anderson placed third and fourth, respectively, for the Pioneers. Murray later took second in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:37.24. James was fourth followed by Emily Skaggs in fifth.

The men's only individual winner, Bergh placed first in the 500 Freestyle at 5:00.36, narrowing out Linfield's David Flores (5:00.70). The junior placed second in the 1,000 Freestyle after a time of 10:28.78, about six seconds off the pace. Matthew Bress took fourth for Lewis & Clark.

Andrew Butcher had a pair of second-place finishes. In the 50 Freestyle, the freshman finished in 22.41, finishing behind Neirton Oliveria's 21.89 for Linfield. Butcher clocked in at 49.39 in the 100 Freestyle. Kevin Fox was runner-up in the 100 Individual Medley with a time of 57.34, just over a second ahead of teammate Miles French (58.83), who later took second in the 200 Breaststroke. French finished in 2:16.50 to touch ahead of Matt Jackson (2:21.52) and William Witmer (2:23.26). Kyle Monteleone was the fastest Pioneers finisher in the 200 Backstroke at 2:10.31, just over two seconds ahead of freshman teammates Ian Shepel (2:12.79).

Lewis & Clark's women had a few second-place finishes in Erin Khong's 1:05.19 in the 100 Individual Medley, a race in which Claire Greene took third (1:06.64). Khong was second in the 200 Breaststroke, followed by Kasia Preski and Raphael. Julia Brandt was third in the 200 Backstroke (2:26.22) followed by Liora Gonicman (2:35.17).

The men's 400 Medley relay and the women's 400 Freestyle relay took second place.

Lewis & Clark wraps up the final NWC dual at Pacific on Jan. 27.