Pirates Win 21 of 22 Events in Swimming Sweep at PLU
TACOMA, Wash. – The Whitworth University men won all 11 events on the way to a 151-54 Northwest Conference swimming dual meet victory at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon. The Pirate women were nearly as dominant, claiming victory in 10 of the 11 events for a 139-66 win over the Lutes.
The Whitworth men and women both improved to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the NWC. The PLU men are now 4-3, 4-2, while the Lute women are 5-1, 5-1.
Aaron Vaccaro and Trevor Case won two events apiece for the Pirate men. Vaccaro sprinted to a time of 22.28 to win the 50-yard freestyle and then took first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.27. He then anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay to a winning time of 1:29.49 to close the meet.
Case took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:02.45. He then won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.07. Case was also part of the Pirates' winning 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:40.33.
The longest men's race of the night was also the closest as Whitworth's Brandon Smith and PLU's Justin Murrell traded leads in the 1650-yard freestyle until Smith touched first in 16:57.21, less than a second ahead of Murrell.
Alisa Stang and Nicole Lecoq were double winners for Whitworth's women. Stang won both the 50-yard freestyle (25.68) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.03). She was the freestyle swimming on the Pirates' 200-yard medley relay that opened the meet with a win in 1:54.25.
Lecoq was the winner of the 200-yard I.M. in 2:16.03 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.27. Lecoq was also the backstroke swimmer on the opening relay.
Whitworth has two more dual meets this season. The Pirates will host College of Idaho in a non-conference meet next Friday night before heading to Walla Walla, Washington on Saturday for a Northwest Conference meet at Whitman.