Pirate Swimming Teams Dominate Linfield

Pirate Swimming Teams Dominate Linfield

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men and women each won 10 of 11 events to roll past visiting Linfield in a Northwest Conference swimming dual meet on Friday night at the Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center.

In a matchup of the top two teams from the 2019 NWC Swimming Championships last February, the Pirate men defeated the Wildcats 138-67.  Whitworth's women were nearly as dominant, winning by a score of 135-70.

The race of the men's meet came in the 200-yard freestyle when Whitworth's Finn McClone chased down Linfield's Noah Cutting to edge the All-American 1:46.01 – 1:46.09.  McClone also won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.65.

Connor Florey swept the distance freestyle events for the Pirates, winning the 1,650 in 16:45.90 and the 500 in 4:54.71.

Owen Lempert anchored the Bucs' winning 200-yard medley relay to a time of 1:36.85.  He then took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.52.

Jake Davies (400-yard I.M.), Isaiah Ross (100-yard butterfly), William Walters (100-yard backstroke) and Ean Peterson (100-yard breaststroke) also won individual events for Whitworth.

Linfield won the men's 200-yard freestyle relay to conclude the meet, edging the Pirates 1:28.16 – 1:28.52.

Carly Hoff, Jamie Siegler, and Cameron Lyon all had big meets for Whitworth's women.

Hoff and Siegler were part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:51.79).  Hoff went on to sweep the 200 freestyle (2:03.00) and 100 freestyle (55.95).  Siegler sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle (25.43) and also won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.08).

Lyon earned the distance sweep, winning the mile in 18:32.98 and the 500 in 5:25.35.  She was on the Pirates' winning 200 freestyle relay (1:43.63) as well.

Whitworth's Kaitlyn Wornath nipped Linfield's Molly Shields 1:00.76 – 1:00.80 in the 100 butterfly in the closest women's race of the night.  Hannah Galbraith dominated the 100 backstroke (1:00.53). 

Linfield got its only women's victory in the 400 I.M. by Claudia Velie (4:54.08).

Whitworth will be back in action on Saturday against Willamette University.