Logger Invite: French sets a new school record

Logger Invite: French sets a new school record

TACOMA, Wash. -- Lewis & Clarks' senior Miles French had the swim of the night at the Logger Invite on Sunday, breaking the 100 Breaststroke school record with a time of 58.66 and winning his event. 

Both the men and women placed fifth overall in the team rankings. The women moved up to fifth place with 430 points sitting in front of Whittier at sixth place with 306 points. The Pios also finished ahead of Southwestern Oregon CC at seventh and Soka in eighth. The women Pioneers were 31 points behind Whitworth in fourth place. The men stayed in fifth with 405 points, 118 points behind Whitworth. The Lewis & Clark men also placed ahead of Southwestern Oregon CC, Whittier, and Soka.

In the 800 Freestyle Relay both men and women Pioneers placed fifth. Women with a time of 8:13.81 and men with 7:21.76. In the men's 200 Freestyle Relay the Pioneers placed in fourth with a time of 1:28.58.

Sam Duran placed second in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:13.43. She also took fifth in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 2:09.54 and second in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 58.92. Kassie Kometani placed third in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.63 and placed second in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:59.05.

Andrew Butcher earned points for the men by placing fourth in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 22.09. Matthew Bress also scored points placing third in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:03.18.

The Pioneers will resume their swim season at the beginning of next year on Friday, January 19, 2018 in the Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion where they will face off against the Willamette Bearcats at 6 p.m.

Day 2

Lewis & Clark sophomore Sam Duran dominated the second day of competition for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at the Logger Invite on Saturday, setting two more school records. Miles French also moved to second all-time in an event.

After breaking the record in the 100 Butterfly preliminaries in the morning, Duran trimmed down her time in the finals taking second place overall at 58.78. The record was the oldest-remaining mark in the Lewis & Clark record books. Later, Duran finished fifth in the 200 Backstroke after touching at 2:09.54. 

"We are putting together solid swims this weekend," said head coach Chris Fantz. "A lot of our kids have brutal slates of events and they are working through a lot of swims. This is great preparation for the second half of our season and the championship."

The women's team sits in sixth place among the eight-team field through two days of competition. The men are fifth. 

French had one of the best men's finishes on Saturday. The senior placed fourth in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:11.64, his fastest time in the event ever and second all-time at Lewis & Clark. Kyle Monteleone was also a fourth-place finisher, setting a time of 4:49.82 in the 500 Freestyle. The freshman, who was also eighth in the 100 Butterfly, took nearly 15 seconds off his fastest time of his career in the 500 Freestyle. August Bergh followed Monteleone in seventh. Andrew Butcher took sixth in the 100 Freestyle with a mark of 49.24. 

Kassie Kometani was third overall in the 100 Freestyle, clocking in at 54.37 for her fastest time in the event this season. Kometani also took seventh in the 100 Butterfly. Erin Khong was eighth in the 200 Breaststroke at 2:32.38 and sixth in the Individual Medley at 2:16.63. Sabrina Murray scored points for the team in the 500 Freestyle, placing seventh in 5:31.91. 

Competition resumes on Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. before finals start at 4 p.m. The finals will be streamed live

Day 1

A new relay school record and an individual performance that nearly broke another highlighted the Lewis & Clark Pioneers opening day of the Logger Invite on Friday at the Puget Sound Athletics & Aquatics Center.

In the first men's event of the night, the Pioneers broke the 200 Medley relay school record with a time of 1:38.26 to finish sixth. Andrew Butcher raced to a 21.37 finish during the final leg after teammates Kyle Monteleone, Miles French and Matt Jackson opened the race. The previous record was set in 2013-14 at 1:39.13.

The very next race, Sam Duran opened the women's 800 Freestyle relay with the second-fastest 200 Freestyle time in school history. The sophomore clocked in at 1:57.15 to move just behind Koy Collier's 2008-09 time of 1:55.61. Duran passed teammate Kassie Kometani's 1:57.42 mark from 2015-16 to get to No. 2 all-time. Claire Greene, Emily Skaggs and Anna James raced with Duran to finish fifth in Friday's event with an overall time of 2:06.67.

Lewis & Clark's women's team is in fourth place after the first day of the three-day event that runs through Sunday. The Pioneers men's team is fifth.

In the men's 800 Freestyle relay, August Bergh, William Witmer, Butcher and Monteleone were fifth at 1:48.05. The women's 200 Medley relay team of Erin Khong, Duran, Greene and Kometani was sixth in 1:53.00.

Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the finals beginning at 5 p.m.