January 25, 2012

Whitworth Hosts Swimming Clash of Unbeatens

SPOKANE, Wash. – The three best swimming teams in the Northwest Conference will clash in a double-dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Whitworth Aquatic Center.  It will mark the end of the dual meet season for Whitman, Puget Sound and Whitworth.

All four women's teams come into the meet unbeaten in Northwest Conference meets.  UPS is 5-0 while both the Missionaries and Pirates are 4-0.  On the men's side Whitworth and Whitman are also both 4-0, while the Loggers are 4-1.

Puget Sound had been scheduled to come to Eastern Washington last weekend, but was forced to cancel the trip due to severe weather.  Pacific Lutheran has elected not to make up its dual meets with Whitworth and Whitman scheduled for last week.

Whitworth will provide a live video feed of this weekend's double- dual meet.  A link to the live video feed is available below. The video broadcast is available in Windows Media Format. You can download a free copy of the Microsoft® Windows Media Player from the Microsoft website.

Puget Sound/Whitman at Whitworth: Live Video Feed

The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will include 14 events , including both the 100-yard and 200-yard distances in each stroke, every championship distance in the freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays. 

Whitworth will put its long-running NWC dual meet winning streaks to the test against a pair of talented teams.  The Pirate men have won 82 NWC dual meets in a row, while the women have won 39 straight conference duals.

The women's meet will feature the NWC's season-to-date best time in 10 of the 12 individual events and both relays.  For Puget Sound Kenzie Kitson has the league's best time in the 100-yard back, Melissa Norris in the 200 I.M. and Tracy Wormwood in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes.  Whitman's Helen Jenne leads the 100-yard free and Katie Chapman tops the 200-yard butterfly.  Whitworth's Kate Duvall leads the NWC in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke, while Jennifer Benson tops the 50-yard freestyle list and Nicole Lecoq leads the 200-yard free.

The Whitworth women have the NWC's best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay so far this season, while Puget Sound has the best mark in the 200-yard medley relay.

The men's meet should be just as competitive, featuring the conference's top time so far this season in 11 of the 12 individual events and also in both relays.  Whitworth's Rory Buck has the NWC's best marks in the breaststroke events, while Wesley Walton leads the 200 I.M. and Austin Vierra the 200 Free.  Whitman first-year phenom Karl Mering leads the conference in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 100 fly.  Galen Sollom-Brotherton gives the Missionaries the top time in the 1,650 free.  Puget Sound's Teale Kitson also leads the conference in three individual events: 100 and 200 backstroke and the 500 free.  Logger Aleksander Jeremikj has the NWC's top mark in the 200 butterfly.

Whitworth has the conference's top mark so far in both the relays.

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