January 19, 2013

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.

Marit Borth, Anna Case, Hannah Norris and Kori Carpenter won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:43.46.  Case was also an individual winner in the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.00).

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.

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