PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hosted the Whitman Blues in their final duel race of the season, honoring seniors from both teams before the meet. The Blues won both the men's and women's events, topping the Pioneers by only seven points on the men's side with a score of 102-95, and overcoming the women 118-87.
The Pioneers will see six seniors graduate this year and honored August Bergh, Anna DePaepe, Sam Bundenthal, Kassie Kometani, Eleanor Gerrior, and Claire Megna before the start of the meet. The seniors led the charge with Kassie Kometani and August Bergh getting the first wins of the day in the 200 Freestyle. They were followed by first place finishes for Eleanor Gerrior and Andrew Butcher in the 50 Free, in what turned into a four event win streak for Lewis & Clark. Overall, the Pioneers won 10 of their 22 events, with five each for the men and women.
Head Coach and Aquatics Director Chris Fantz had to say of the meet, "Senior Day was a great end to our dual meet season. Our team fed off the excitement of celebrating their seniors and raced tough start to finish. We had some great race wins on both sides and our men have not been this close to Whitman in many, many years. This is a pretty exciting time as we look ahead to getting some rest and racing in the Conference Championship."
The Pioneers made sure to save the best for last, with both the men and women winning the 200 Medley Relay to close out the meet. Gerrior and Kometani each secured their third win of the day with teammates Claire Greene and Caroline Karson. Butcher also swam for his third win of the day, while Bergh and freshman JP Greener each took home a second win of the day. Kyle Monteleone rounded out the team with his first win.
The women's team finished with five wins and saw seven events with top three finishers, while the men took home five wins and had swimmers in the top three in nine events. KK Fiddler, Ciara Orness, Margot Chirayath, and Erin Khong finished third in the first event of the day, the 200 Medley relay, just edging out the other Lewis & Clark team of Julia Brandt, Anna DePaepe, Alys Chang, and Emily Skaggs.
The men's 200 Medley Relay team of Ian Shepel, William Witmer, Matt Jackson, and Sam Raphael came in second of two, but saw success in individual events elsewhere. Shepel placed third in both the 400 IM and the 100 Backstroke, while Witmer finished second in the 100 Breaststroke and third in the 100 freestyle. Jackson took second in the 100 Butterfly, while Raphael finished sixth in the 50 Freestyle in which there was only a one second difference between first and sixth place.
- JP Greener won the 100 Backstroke and finished second to Andrew Butcher in the 50 Freestyle
- Claire Megna swam in two events through a hip injury, taking seventh place in the 100 Freestyle and competing on a tema in the 200 Medley Relay
- Matt Jackson took home a second place finish in the 100 Butterfly
- Sabrina Murray finished second in the 500 Freestyle and third in the 1000 Freestyle
- Sam Bundenthal competed in three events for the Pios while waving his signature orange towel for other racers for the entire event
- Alex Spiecker and Matthew Bress raced in the 1000 Freestyle, taking second and third respectively
The Pioneers swim next in the Northwest Conference Championships at Pacific Lutheran in Federal Way, Washington. The Championships takes place over four days starting Thu., Feb. 7 and ending on Sun., Feb. 10, and are all day competitions.