SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's swimming team completed an undefeated Northwest Conference season with a 157.5 – 102.5 win over visiting Whitman College on Saturday at the Whitworth Aquatic Center. The Pirate women fell to the Blues 143-119.
Whitworth's men finished the NWC dual meet schedule 7-0 and now set their sights on the Northwest Conference championships in two weeks. The Pirate women finished 2-5 in the NWC.
Keenan Robinson won two individual events to lead Whitworth's men, who took first place in 10 of the 14 races. Robinson won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:29.84 and won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.97.
Bryron Rossmiller turned in the performance of the day. He set a Whitworth Aquatic Center record while winning the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 1:52.81 broke the previous pool record of 1:52.97.
Patrick Wilber, Owen Lempert and Eben Schumann were all on the winning 200-yard medley relay in the meet's first event and then went on to win an individual race. That trio, along with George Gonzales, posted a winning time of 1:35.31 in the medley relay.
Wilber won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.62 while Lempert took the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.91. Schumann raced to a win in the 100-yard butterfly (51.75).
Ryan Grady finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:10.05. He took second to defending NWC champion Clark Sun of Whitman in the 200-yard freestyle by seven-tenths of a second. The times were 1:44.00 – 1:44.71.
Whitworth's women won six events, but the underdog Pirates were right with the unbeaten Blues until the final events of the meet.
Siegler went on to win two individual races, sweeping both breaststrokes. She won the 100 in 1:10.07 and the 200 in 2:30.12.
Thompson won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.49 while Galbraith claimed the 200 backstroke in 2:09.74. Whitworth's final win came in the 200 butterfly by Marissa Gibson (2:21.66).
The NWC Championships will take place Feb. 9-11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.