TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers kicked off their season with a dual against Puget Sound. The Pioneers took home victories in four events but couldn't overcome a dominating performance by the Loggers falling 120-85 for the women and 124-79 for the men. Both the men's and women's teams finished last year one spot behind the Loggers.
Despite the opening loss, Pioneers swim head coach Chris Fantz was very encouraged by what he saw out of the team tonight, "The build-up for the first meet of the season is always awesome. Tonight was a great chance for our freshman class to put up their first official collegiate times and they did so in commanding fashion. I feel great about these first swims. We have done a lot of good work in training. Now we have some feedback on where we work next and the progress we will make heading into future meets." Fantz is in his twelfth year as head of the program.
The men's team took home victories in two events. Freshman JP Greener came out strong in his collegiate debut to win the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.09. The men also earned a key victory in the final event of the night, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Greener, along with August Bergh, Kyle Monteleone and Andrew Butcher combined for a time of 1:29.85 to best Puget Sound by 0.7 seconds.
The women's team also took home two victories, both in individual races. Senior Eleanor Gerrior won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.35. Gerrior also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.57. Senior Kassie Kometani won the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 25.25. The women's team also had a very strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke with Caroline Karson, Ciara Orness and Erin Khong finishing in second through fourth respectively.
- Orness, Karson, Alys Chang, KK Fiddler, Izzy Couch and Anna Kates all made their collegiate debuts for the women's team
- Greener and Alex Spiecker made their collegiate debuts for the men's team
- The Pioneers won four events and had second-place finishes in 16 events.
The Pioneers compete again tomorrow, Nov. 3, in a duel against Pacific Lutheran starting at 1 p.m.