Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team sits second and the men's swimming team sits fourth after day one of the Northwest Conference Championships on Friday at the King County Aquatic Center.
Five events were contested on the opening day including a pair of relays. Erica Muller finished runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a time of five minutes, 6.01 seconds, while Taylor Bingea was seventh in 5:18.22. Danielle Booth was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.48 with Lauren Kearney clocking a 25.26 for eighth. Reese Ackman was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.00 with Victoria Nguyenle close behind in seventh (2:11.61).
The PLU women's 200-yard freestyle relay placed fourth in 1:38.56 with the 400-medley relay finishing third in 3:57.51.
On the men's side, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Paul Jett, Cody Hartman, Elijah Singstad, and Jacob Goodman established a new school record in the event, touching the wall in 1:24.59 and bettering the old mark by 0.15 seconds.
Jett went on to place runner-up in the 200-yard IM in 1:54.24 while Bradley Jerome (4:42.94) and Hunter Cosgrove (4:49.17) finished back-to-back in seventh and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle. Goodman clocked a 21.99 in the 50-yard free to place eighth overall while the 400-yard medley relay team finished the night with a third place showing.
The PLU women accumulated 158.5 points in day one, trailing day one leader Whitman College by 30.5 points and holding a 17-point edge on third place Linfield College. In the men's standings, PLU sits fourth with 127 points. Whitman holds the top spot with 162 points with the Lutes 22 points behind third-place Linfield and 39 points clear of fifth place Willamette University.
Action resumes tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m. while finals get underway at 6 p.m.