Pioneers end first road trip with defeats to reigning champs

Pioneers end first road trip with defeats to reigning champs

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had five different swimmers win individual races in Saturday losses to the Whitman Blues. The men dropped their match-up, 123-81, while the women fell 135-70 at Harvey Pool.

Erin Khong and Sam Duran won an event apiece for the women's team, while Kyle Monteleone, Andrew Butcher and August Bergh were victorious in men's races. Whitman is the defending Northwest Conference champions.

"When we're up against the defending champs on both sides, it's a good gauge of progress for us and also great to take several individual events," said head coach Chris Fantz. "We had four freshmen win individual events this afternoon, plus our veterans in several other slots."

Khong, one of the freshman, won the 200 Individual Medley for her first collegiate victory. She finished in 2:17.83 to clear the field by over 1.5 seconds. Khong finished runner-up in the 200 Breaststroke at 2:34.97 and was part of the 400 Medley relay team that took second. Duran was also a member of that relay in addition to winning the 200 Butterfly in 2:18.28. She edged out Leah Petrini of Whitman and was followed by Lucia Brammer in third. Duran placed third in the 200 Freestyle behind two Whitman racers.

In addition to leading off the 400 Medley relay, which finished second, Monteleone placed first in the 1,000 Freestyle at 10:39.44. He was more than 10 seconds faster than Whitman's Keith Nussbaum. Jonathan Torres took third in the event. Monteleone added a second-place finish in the 200 Backstroke with a mark of 2:07.13. Ian Shepel placed fourth.

Butcher won the 50 Freestyle by seven-hundredths of a second and placed third in the 100 Freestyle (49.14). Butcher has five individual wins in his first eight collegiate races.

Bergh was victorious in the 500 Freestyle for the second time in four tries. The junior touched in 5:04.00, over three seconds ahead of Whitman's Lucas Bergeson. Torres was also third in the 500 Freestyle. Bergh added a second-place finish in the 200 Freestyle, just under three seconds behind winner Clark Sun of the Blues.

"Our team is ready for more training and more rest with a few weeks without competition before we head into the invitational in December," said Fantz. The Pios compete next on Dec. 1-3 at the Logger Invite in Tacoma, Wash.

Sabrina Murray took second in the 1,000 Freestyle (11:18.76), a race in which Anna James and Emily Skaggs were fourth and fifth, respectively. Murray also finished runner-up in the 500 Freestyle, where James was third.

Kassie Kometani had her first dual without an individual win. She placed second in the 50 Freestyle (25.23) and third in the 100 Freestyle (55.59). She was about four-tenths of a second behind the winner in the former and eight-tenths of a second in the latter. Julia Brandt was second in the 200 Backstroke, followed by Anna DePaepe. Brandt finished in 2:22.50, while DePaepe clocked in at 2:27.05.

At 2:08.74, Miles French was second in the 200 Individual Medley, just under three seconds from the lead. Matt Jackson placed third in the race. French was the runner-up in the 200 Breaststroke, too, finishing about five seconds ahead of teammate William Witmer. French hit at 2:18.35, while Witmer had a time of 2:23.12. Jackson took fourth at 2:23.39.

Matthew Bress took second in the 200 Butterfly (2:08.59) and fifth in the 500 Freestyle.