Sprint freestyle racers shine in dual defeat at PLU

Sprint freestyle racers shine in dual defeat at PLU

TACOMA, Wash. --  The spring freestyle races shined for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers during Saturday's dual losses against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes. The Pios were upended in both the men's and women's team competition, the women finishing the closest at 125-80.

Kassie Kometani won both the 100 and 200 Freestyles on the women's side and teammate Eleanor Gerrior was victorious in the 50 Freestyle. For the men, August Bergh took the 200 Freestyle. In a longer race, Kyle Monteleone won the 1,000 Freestyle. The Pios also took the women's 400 Freestyle relay.

PLU was the winner in the men's team total, 149-55.

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Key Moments

Kometani was over a second faster than PLU's Bailey Hamilton in the 200 Freestyle, winning with a time of 2:02.73. Competing in the first weekend of her senior season, the All-Northwest Conference First-Team selection from last year nearly matched her best time from all of her sophomore season. Kometani edged out Hamilton with a time of 56.44 in the 100 Freestyle. Later, Duran was runner-up in the 200 Backstroke, losing by .71 seconds with a time of 2:16.88.

Gerrior won the 50 Freestyle by .32 seconds over Lauren Kearney of PLU, while Gerrior's teammate Sam Duran was third overall at 26.10. Bergh won the 200 Freestyle narrowly with a mark of 1:51.31. Jackson Curtis of PLU was second in 1:51.50. Bergh later finished second in the 500 Freestyle (5:11.01), a race in which he is a former All-NWC First-Team winner. Monteleone was over two seconds better than Bradley Jerome of the Lutes in the 1,000 Freestyle (10:39.32) before finishing fourth in the 200 Backstroke (2:11.64).

"It's important for us to get in gear for back to back days of racing," said head coach Chris Fantz. "Our Saturday races were solid. A number of our swimmers were able to make some thoughtful adjustments from last night."

Caroline Karson finished in second during the 200 Butterfly in her second collegiate meet with a time of 2:20.52. Karson joined Duran, Gerrior and Kometani on the winning 400 Freestyle relay team. The group cleared the Lutes by over seven seconds at 3:45.56. Fellow freshman Alys Chang was second in the 500 Freestyle after a time of 5:34.66, about five seconds off the pace.

"We are super impressed with our freshman class in their first collegiate meets," said Fantz. "This group trains hard and they are also doing a great job supporting each other."

Deeper Look

  • Sabrina Murray followed Kometani for third in the 200 Freestyle (2:05.48)
  • Andrew Butcher finished third in the 50 Freestyle (22.66) and 100 Freestyle (50.09), the latter of which he was trailed by freshman JP Greener at 50.59
  • In the 200 Individual Medley, Erin Khong was third (2:20.23), while Chang finished fourth about two seconds later
  • Matt Jackson was third in the men's 200 Individual Medley in 2:13.29
  • Freshman KK Fiddler was third in the 200 Backstroke (2:21.51), over two seconds clear of fourth place

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark has its home opener on Nov. 16 against George Fox in Portland.