FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Kate Duvall posted the highest individual finish for the Whitworth swimming teams on the final day of competition at the Husky Invitational in the Weyerheauser King County Aquatic Center.
Duvall made the "B" final of the 200-yard backstroke and finished in 14th place with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 2:06.30. She dropped four seconds off of her previous season-best mark.
Duvall's race marked a strong final day for the Pirate women. Abby Pavelko and Bridget Louis posted season-best marks in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Pavelko finished 31st in 18:19.42, while Louis took 32nd in 18:19.86. Louis dropped 12 seconds off of her previous season-best.
Hannah Norris dropped two seconds off of her previous best time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.90), while Samantha Smith dropped two seconds in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.30). Alisa Stang clipped nearly a second off of her 100-yard freestyle time (53.85).
Stang then led off the women's 400-yard freestyle relay with an even better split of 52.81, helping the Pirates finish in 17th place with a season-best time of 3:36.07.
Wes Tatum was the only Whitworth man to individually qualify for the evening's final heats. He finished 25th while winning the "D" final of the 200 butterfly in 1:54.89 after dropping nearly eight seconds off of his previous season-best.
Kevin Moore also had a huge drop in time on Sunday in the 1,650 freestyle. He took 29th place with a time of 16:50.71 after lopping off 41 seconds off of his previous best this year.
Andrew Sumnicht dropped four seconds in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.95) and Jordan Fish took two seconds off of his time in the 200 backstroke (2:01.34). Nathan Ranno took three-quarters of a second off of his time in the 100 freestyle (48.72).
The men's 400 free relay finished in 16th place with a time of 3:14.01.
Team scores were never published.
Whitworth will not compete again until January 12 in a dual meet at NCAA Div. I Seattle University. The Pirates will practice through final exams and then break until after Christmas. The Bucs will return to campus after Christmas for winter training camp.