SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University men won ten of 11 events to run away from visiting Pacific Lutheran University 142-63 in a Northwest Conference dual meet on Friday night. The PLU women defeated the Pirates 113-92.
Jacob Brook and Ryan Grady won two individual events each for the Whitworth men. Brook won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:16.71 then came-from-behind to win the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.77. Grady took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.95) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.16).
Owen Lempert sprinted to a win in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.66. He anchored the Pirates' winning effort in the opening 400-yard medley relay (3:31.71). He led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that closed the meet in 3:15.50.
George Gonzales took first place in the 100-yard freestyle (48.98) and was also part of the final 400 free relay. Jake Davies won the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.48) and Byron Rossmiller took the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.83).
PLU's only win in the men's meet was Jeff Lozensky in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.04).
The out-numbered Whitworth women pushed the powerful Lutes to the end. The Pirates opened the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay. Hannah Galbraith, Jamie Siegler, Molly Vagt and Megan Thompson posted a season-best time of 4:06.16.
Vagt added wins in the 200 freestyle (2:00.02) and the 500 freestyle (5:22.54). Galbraith took first in the 200 backstroke (2:11.29). Siegler had the race of the night, winning the 200 breaststroke in a lifetime-best mark of 2:27.83.
PLU clinched the team victory with a win in the final 400 freestyle relay (3:49.69). Lauren Kearney won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for PLU, while Kaycee Simpson took first in the 200 I.M. and 200 butterfly.
Whitworth returns to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting the University of Puget Sound.