Both Pioneers teams take third at Bruin Invite

Both Pioneers teams take third at Bruin Invite

NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers concluded racing at the Bruin Invite on Sunday evening at the Chehalem Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center, with both teams swimming to a third-place finish. The women, who finished prelims in the morning in second place, were ousted by Willamette by just four points. The men, who had held on to their third-place position after Saturday's racing finished 49 points behind George Fox. Pacific Lutheran took the top spot for both teams.

Kyle Monteleone, who finished first in the 100 Backstroke in the morning's prelims raced just .27 seconds off his qualifying time to finish in second place in the final.

Sabrina Murray, who finished first in the 1650 Freestyle final in the morning, went on to place second in the 200 Freestyle, swimming only a second off her time earlier in the day.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers swam to top-three finishes in 11 events, including three relays. Ian Shepel, William Witmer, Monteleone, and JP Greener swam the 200 Yard Medley relay in 1:38.12, one second behind first-place finisher Pacific Lutheran and two seconds off the Lewis & Clark 2017-18 school record of 1:36.46. Greener, Shepel and Monteleone also went on to compete in the 400 Freestyle relay with freshman Eric Norman, taking home another second-place finish in a time of 3:14.52.

Norman's 4:20.17 finish in the 400 IM topped his season-best time by seven seconds and earned him a second-place finish in the event. He swam 10 seconds faster than Willamette's Colin Hakeman in third.

The women's 400 Freestyle relay team of Claire Greene, Erin Khong, Murray and Emily Skaggs swam to a third-place finish in 3:45.29. Khong swam to a second-place finish in the 400 IM in 4:43.21, while Murray took second in the 200-Freestyle with a time of 1:59.32. She was one second off of Pacific Lutheran's Bailey Hamilton as well as her own lifetime best in the event.

Freshman Kiana Teh took home a third-place finish in the 200 Butterfly (2:23.98), beating her previous best by three seconds.

Deeper Look

  • Alys Chang's preliminary race Sunday morning was a new personal best in the 400 IM 
  • Ciara Orness swam a new personal best in the 100-Breaststroke, touching in at fourth
  • William Witmer and Matt Jackson swam to second and fourth in the men's 100 Breaststroke
  • Izzy Couch, Skaggs, and Orness all touched within a second of each other in the 200 Freestyle
  • Alex Spiecker beat his career-best 200 Freestyle time (1:49.71) for a fourth-place finish
  • Matthew Bress swam to a new career-best in the 200 Butterfly (1:59.22) touching in a second behind Willamette

Day 1

Kyle Monteleone qualified as the top seed in both the 100 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle and won the latter for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers during Saturday's opening day of the Bruin Invite at Chehalem Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center.

Sabrina Murray placed second in her 500 Freestyle. The women's team is in second place in the team standings, while the men's team is in third  

JP Greener was right behind Monteleone (48.36) in the 100 Freestyle and placed second with a new all-time best of 48.46.

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Key Moments

Murray was about four seconds off her all-time best in the 500 Freestyle and helped the Pios get two of the top-three spots. Murray touched in 5:19.00, while Alys Chang placed third (5:21.58). Erin Khong was the runner-up in the 200 Individual Medley and missed out on the top spot by less than .30 seconds. 

"We had a great finals tonight and the team is jazzed right now," head coach Chris Fantz said. "I was pleased with our prelims session this morning, but tonight blew the doors off. As a team, we had huge success coming back for strong races and dropping a lot of time."

Matt Jackson took eight seconds off his season best in the 200 Breaststroke and finished 2-3 with teammate William Witmer (2:14.61). Alex Spiecker set a new lifetime best at 4:53.51 in the 500 Freestyle and placed second.

Monteleone ended third in the 100 Butterfly (52.03), the same position in which Ian Shepel placed in the 200 Backstroke (2:03.97).

Emily Skaggs' mark of 56.77 in the 100 Freestyle is her fastest all-time and she placed sixth in the race. KK Fiddler was fifth in the 200 Backstroke (2:15.46), which was also a new lifetime best.

Deeper Look

  • Ciara Orness clocked in two seconds from her lifetime best in the 200 Breaststroke and placed third in the final (2:29.35)
  • Eric Norman was third in the 200 IM (2:01.87) and seventh in the 100 Butterfly (54.39)
  • Kiana Teh followed Murray and Chang for fifth place in the 500 Freestyle (5:30.82), while Keagan Gale was fourth in the men's 500 Freestyle (4:57.65)
  • Both the men's relay teams (200 Freestyle and 400 Medley) were second 
  • Claire Greene made a new all-time best in the 100 Butterfly, a race she first competed in last year, with a mark of 1:03.44
  • Chang (2:30.31) and Khong (2:32.27) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 Breaststroke with Chang setting a new PR

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will finish the year at the Bruin invite before returning to competition on Fri., Jan. 10 against Linfield.