Women's team wins by huge margin as Pioneers sweep Willamette

Women's team wins by huge margin as Pioneers sweep Willamette

PORTLAND, Ore. -- For their second meet of the weekend, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took on the Willamette Bearcats in their home pool in Zehntbauer Swim Pavilion. The Pioneers focus and intensity paid off with a win for both teams after a week away for a training trip and a duel with Linfield the night before. The women's team won by a stunning 85 point margin, with a final score of 145-60, while the men's team held off the Bearcats 108-94.

After both teams dropped the opening 400 Medley Relay to Willamette, the women's team came back to win the next six consecutive events, while the men won six over the rest of the meet. Sophomore Sabrina Murray put the first win on the board for the Pios, finishing first in the 1000 Freestyle. In a repeat performance, Senior Kassie Kometani won all three events that she competed in, including the individual 200 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, and the team 400 Freestyle Relay. Eleanor Gerrior and Caroline Karson also had strong performances, coming in first and second respectively in the 50 Freestyle, and then swapping placements for the 200 Butterfly. Erin Khong took the 200 IM for the women and was followed by Ciara Orness, both of whom also swapped placements for the 200 Breastroke.

The men saw strong performances by Andrew Butcher, who won all three events he competed in and was the first winner on the men's side in the 200 Freestyle. Butcher was followed by Kyle Monteleone in second place, who was a full 20 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Freshman JP Greener won the 50 Freestyle and was on the team that won the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Head Coach and Aquatics Director Chris Fantz said, "I am so proud of our team this weekend. After a strong night of racing yesterday, we were able to keep focused today, swim more strong races, and come away with two wins for the day. It was great sweeping several events 1-2-3. Our depth is showing in a lot of places and it paid off today. We're solidly on track for the build-up to our championship."

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Key Moments

The women's team swept several events, with Kassie Kometani, Alys Chang, and Grace Anderson taking the top three spots for the 200 Freestyle and Ciara Orness, Erin Khong, and Alys Chang in the top three for the 200 Breaststroke.

The men's team had multiple events with first and second place finishes with Andrew Butcher and Kyle Monteleone taking the 200 Freestyle, JP Greener and William Witmer taking the 50 Freestyle, Butcher and Greener taking the 100 Freestyle, and Monteleone and Ian Shepel taking the 200 Backstroke.

Deeper Look

  • The women's team had a first place finisher for six consecutive events, with first place finishes in nine events overall
  • Kassie Kometani won all six of the events she competed in over two days of competition
  • Freshman KK Fiddler took second place in the 200 Backstroke and was only a second off of her career best time in that event
  • August Bergh had two first place finishes in the 500 Freestyle and the team 400 Freestyle Relay
  • William Witmer had two second place finishes in the 50 Freestyle and 200 Breaststroke
  • Sabrina Murray had 2 first place finishes in the 500 Freestyle and 1000 Freestyle and was only 2 seconds off her fastest time in the 1000 Free
  • The men's 400 Medley Relay team missed first place by only one second and finished 26 seconds ahead of third place

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will next face off against the Whitworth Pirates at home on Fri., Jan. 18 at 6:00pm.