NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers went on the road Friday evening to take on the George Fox Bruins in the first meet of their doubleheader weekend. The men logged their first win of the season, topping the Bruins 123-76 while just three points separated the women's teams, with the Bruins just narrowly taking the win 103-100.
The Pioneers won 10 individual events, with both teams sweeping the top three spots in the 500-yard Freestyle. The men also won the 200-yard freestyle relay, the only relay that went the Pios' way.
The meet started with a close race in the 200-yard Medley Relay for the men, who came in just .8 seconds behind the Bruins. The women finished third of three, clocking in one second behind the second place team.
Moving to individual events, the Pios swept the 1000-yard Freestyle for both teams. Alys Chang and Kiana Teh took the top two spots in the women's event while Keagan Gale, Alex Speicker, and Matthew Bress secured the top three spots in the men's event. Chang had a great night, finishing in the top three in every event she participated in.
The Pios had top three finishes in the 200 and 50 Freestyle, but touched in just behind the Bruins in four straight events. Sabrina Murray, JP Greener, Kyle Monteleone, and Teh all secured a second place finish, with Murray just .37 seconds off first and Monteleone just .26 seconds behind first. Annabelle Rousseau and William Whitmer rounded out the top three for the 50-Freestyle. Monteleone also went on to win in the 100-Butterfly.
The women went on the sweep the top three spots in the 400-IM, with Junior captain Erin Khong leading the charge with the only time under five minutes. She was followed by Chang and Claire Green, who finished within three seconds of each other. Freshman Eric Norman led the charge on the men's side, finishing a full five seconds ahead of the Bruins' Hunter Bartoo. Norman had a standout night, finishing in first place in every event he competed in. Ian Shepel rounded out the top three for the 400-IM, his second of three top three placements.
The Pios went on a winning streak through the second half of the meet, losing only two races between events 14 and 20. Greener took the men's 100-Freestyle, while KK Fiddler secured second on the women's side. Murray, Teh and Chang swept the 500-Freestyle while Norman, Gale and Bress swept the 500-Free for the men. Ciara Orness took the 100-Backstroke with Khong in third, while Whitmer finished in first for the men with Matt Jackson in third.
The meet concluded with the 200 Freestyle Relay. The men's team of Norman, Gale, Greener, and Monteleone were dominant, finishing a full eight seconds ahead of the Bruins to win. The women's team of Rousseau, Greene, Murray, and Emily Skaggs finished just a second behind the Bruins.
- Both teams topped the Bruins squad in the 2018-19 season
- The men's team sits at eighth in the conference while the women are in seventh
- With three dual win's each in the 2018-19 season, the Pios are hoping to keep building off their most successful season in recent history
- Three dual wins is the most for the men's team since the 2009-10 season
- The women matched their win total from 2017-18, their most since 2010-11
The Pios head to Forest Grove on Saturday to take on the Pacific Boxers on the road. Start time for the meet is scheduled for 11 a.m.