SALEM, Ore. – Whitworth's superior depth and speed led the visiting Pirates to a pair of easy swimming dual meet victories on Friday night at Willamette University.
The depth of the Whitworth women was particularly impressive in the 153.5 – 42.5 win over the Bearcats. The Pirates won all 11 women's events and the nine individual events were won by eight different swimmers.
Abby Pavelko was the only Whitworth woman to win more than one individual event, taking the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:53.58) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:22.25).
Samantha Smith and Nicole Lecoq had particularly impressive wins for the Bucs. Smith won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.66, while Lecoq raced to a 2:13.09 in the 200-yard backstroke. Melissa Barringer won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:32.90.
Whitworth's women won both relays easily, taking the 400 medley relay in 4:09.14 and the 400 free relay in 3:47.18.
The Pirate men nearly matched the women's depth as seven different swimmers won the nine individual events and the team won both relays. Whitworth won the medley relay in 3:38.37 and the free relay in 3:22.67.
Luke Welle took first place in both distance freestyle events, winning the 1000 in 10:17.91 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.72. Wesley Tatum swam to victory in both the 50 free (23.25) and the 200 butterfly (2:05.53).
Wesley Walton, fresh off of a four-win performance at the CLU Winter Invite last week, picked up another win in the 200 backstroke (1:58.05). Mitchell Beck raced to a win in the 200 freestyle (1:49.03).
Whitworth, competing in its first dual meets since the middle of November, will continue its trip to Oregon with a pair of duals at Linfield on Saturday afternoon.