Three Pios win individual events in home dual

Three Pios win individual events in home dual

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three Pioneers won races during the Lewis & Clark Pioneers dual with the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Saturday at Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion.

Eric Norman and JP Greener were victorious for the second straight night, while Keagan Gale won his first collegiate race. Erin Khong and Sabrina Murray each had second-place finishes for the women's team. 

Lewis & Clark was defeated in the team standings. On the women's side, Lewis & Clark was closer at 116-86, while the men's team lost 160-45.

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Key Moments

Norman was seven seconds clear of Jeff Lozensky of Pacific Lutheran in the 400 Individual Medley to win with a time of 4:27.35. He came in second in the 100 Backstroke.

Greener's 48.63 in the 100 Freestyle beat out Hayden Mortensen by .20 seconds for first place. Greener was runner-up in the 50 Freestyle (22.31). Gale finished in second place in the 500 Freestyle after winning the 1,000 Freestyle by nearly four seconds with a mark of 10:27.84. 

All three were members of the Pios' second-place 200 Freestyle relay team with Kyle Monteleone that clocked in .56 seconds behind Pacific Lutheran. The women's team - Claire Greene, Emily Skaggs, Murray and Khong - was even closer and missed out on the top time by .25 seconds. 

"We had quite a few people put together strong races this afternoon," head coach Chris Fantz said. "This is a great time of the year to see our swimmers making the adjustments we talk about in workouts. We even had several make tactical adjustments from last night to today. 

"Now we have a few solid weeks of training before we travel to a few of the Oregon schools."

Khong placed second behind Claire Cranch in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:59.33. She later finished sixth in the 100 Breaststroke. Murray was 10 seconds off the top finisher in the 1,000 Freestyle, but clear of third place by nearly the same margin, with a time of 11:31.61. Murray also took top three in the 500 Freestyle.

Deeper Look

  • Monteleone was second in the 200 Freestyle (1:52.83), followed closely by Alex Spiecker (1:52.91)
  • In addition to finishing third in the 50 Freestyle, Ian Shepel was third in the 100 Backstroke at 56.91, about .40 shy of Norman
  • William Witmer came in second during the 100 Breaststroke at 1:03.08
  • In the 50 Freestyle, Skaggs was third (27.44), while Greene was third in the 100 Butterfly (1:05.92)

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark has two weeks before their next meets. They'll compete at George Fox and Pacific on back-to-back nights on Nov. 15-16.