Pioneers win first home meet against new George Fox team

Pioneers win first home meet against new George Fox team

PORTLAND, Ore. --  The Lewis & Clark Pioneers won both the men's and women's events in their first home meet against the George Fox Bruins. The women's team total was 147-53 and the men's team total 134-45.

This is the first year for the Bruins swim program, who raced well, but were not quite large enough to field competitors in every event. The Pioneers fed off of their home atmosphere, and despite competing against themselves, didn't back off in their races, focusing on improving on their times from their last meets against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. Assistant Coach Sarit Glut said there was an "improvement mindset" among racers, and that they swam smart and executed a lot of strategies from practice.

The freshman class had a strong showing as well, with Caroline Karson winning the 200 Breaststroke and 200 Butterfly, as well as being part of the team that won the 400 Medley Relay for the women. JP Greener took the 100 Freestyle in 50.24 for the men, while Alex Speicker competed in three events, placing a solid second for all three.

Of the competition, Head Coach Chris Franz said, "It was great hosting our first home meet of the season. And it's a pleasure hosting a brand new program. I'm pleased with how our team competed tonight. They fought through close races. We've made some good adjustments in the two weeks since our last competition. Our team's support for their teammates was on target and it was great racing in front of our home crowd."

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Key Moments

Sam Duran won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:02.61, two seconds ahead of George Fox's Olivia Gibson. Duran also won the 200 Backstroke over Gibson, with a time of 2:16.93. Duran was an All-NWC selection last year and was just shy of her season high's from the last meet.

Kyle Monteleone won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:54.04 followed closely by Andrew Butcher a second later at 1:55.55. Monteleone was only two seconds off his time against Puget Sound two weeks ago while Butcher made his debut in the event.

Sabrina Murray won the women's 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:34.15, while August Bergh won the race for the men in a time of 5:10.27. They were followed by freshman Izzy Couch and Alex Speicker, respectively.

Deeper Look

  • Emily Skaggs edged out The Bruins' Grace Ferguson by .03 seconds 200 Freestyle
  • The top 3 finishers in the women's 50 Freestyle, finished within .14 seconds of each other
  • William Whitmer won the men's 50 Freestyle in 22.88, followed by freshman JP Greener in 22.93
  • Erin Khong won the 200 IM in 2:20.11, followed by freshman Alys Chang and Ciara Orness

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers race again Sat., Nov. 17 against Pacific at 1pm.