SPOKANE, Wash. – At least tonight, Alisa Stang had the edge.
Stang defeated Katie Porter, her Northwest Conference nemesis, in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle to lead the Pirate women to a 137-68 win over Pacific University in a Northwest Conference swimming dual meet on Friday night. The Pirate men won 10 of the 11 events to defeat the Boxers 163-41.
Porter, the two-time defending NWC champion in both the 50 and 100 had edged out Stang on several occasions over the last two seasons. But in this meet it was Stang who claimed close victories in both races. Stang edged Porter 24.74 – 24.80 to win the 50. Then Stang held off Porter in the 100 by a similarly close margin: 53.70 – 53.97.
Stang was also the anchor leg on Whitworth's winning 400-yard medley relay. The Pirates posted one of their fastest non-rested times ever, winning in 4:02.01. Jackie Beal, Jerusha Dressel and Samantha Smith were also on that relay. Beal went on to roll to an easy win in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.19. Smith led a 1-2-3 Whitworth finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.29.
Amanda Clark was the only Pacific woman to win an event, claiming the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.02) and 200-yard butterfly (2:16.35).
The Pirate men were particularly dominant and once again Whitworth used its depth to great effectiveness. The Bucs won both relays and eight of the nine individual events. No Whitworth man won more than one individual event.
Fish went on to claim the 200 backstroke in 2:03.13 and Wicks won the 50 freestyle in 22.04. MacKintosh led off the winning 400 free relay at the end of the meet, which posted a time of 3:17.80.
The closest race of the night was the men's 200 butterfly where Pacific's Charles Morse edged Tatum by two one-hundredths of a second (2:01.36 – 2:01.38) to claim the only Boxer victory for the men.
Whitworth will host Lewis & Clark in a dual meet on Saturday while Pacific travels to Walla Walla.