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January 21, 2010

Lutes Host Lewis & Clark in Conference Dual

THIS WEEK: Pacific Lutheran hosts the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, Friday, 6 p.m.

TWO MORE DUALS: Pacific Lutheran has two more dual meets prior to the Northwest Conference championship meet in February, and the first of those two duals comes this Friday night when Lewis & Clark comes to the PLU Pool. The Lutes and Pioneers square off starting at 6 p.m. Next Saturday, Jan. 30, PLU will swim its final dual of the season when it hosts the Willamette Bearcats at 1 p.m. in the PLU Pool. Following that, PLU will prepare for the Northwest Conference Championships scheduled for Feb. 12-14 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

ABOUT THE PIONEERS: Lewis & Clark's men currently hold down fourth place in the Northwest Conference standings with a 2-2 record, and they are 3-3 in all duals. PLU, on the other hand, is in sixth place with a 1-4 conference record (2-5 overall). On the women's side, the dual features the teams holding down the fourth- and fifth-place spots in the standings. PLU is 2-3 in conference duals (4-3 overall), while the Pioneers are 1-3 in the NWC (3-3 overall). Lewis & Clark has several women ranked among the top eight on the current Northwest Conference best times list, including Rachael Cazden in the backstroke and freestyle sprints, Gail Wilcoxen in the butterfly and Cat Menkel-Lawrence in the backstroke and individual medley.

PLU WOMEN BY THE NUMBERS: Pacific Lutheran has solid representation on the NWC women's best times list, led by backstroke specialist Casey Jackson. The junior is ranked No. 2 in the 100 backstroke (1:01.03) and fourth in the 200 back (2:14.56). PLU is solid in the 1650 freestyle where Elizabeth Althauser is fifth (19:05.96) and Courtney Karwal is ninth (19:27.73). Jessie Klauder shows her versatility in the freestyle, individual medley and in the 100 breaststroke, where she ranks third (1:11.83).

PLU MEN BY THE NUMBERS: Among the PLU men, Alex Limoges is ranked in the top eight in three events. His best showings come in the 100 backstroke where he is fourth (55.36) and the 200 back where he is third (2:02.50). Jacob Nord sits in third in the 50 freestyle (22.05) and is seventh in the 100 free (49.21). Gary Rempe is seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:01.96).

BOXERS DOWN FOR THE COUNT: The Lutes swept both ends of a NWC swimming dual from the host Pacific Boxers on Friday night. The PLU women took a 113-65 victory and the men battled for a 108-91 triumph. Jessie Klauder and Courtney Karwal both won a pair of events to pace the Lute women to their win. Klauder won the 200 freestyle (2:02.49) and the 100 freestyle (56.30) and Karwal took the 1000 freestyle (11:32.59) and the 500 freestyle (5:35.27). Casey Jackson was PLU's other event winner, touching first in the 200 backstroke (2:20.24). Pacific won six of the 11 events but the Lutes used their team depth to pick up their first conference win against three defeats. On the men's side, the Lutes opened with a victory in the 400 medley relay (3:46.01) and built up enough of a lead to hold off the Pacific challenge. Jacob Nord won the 50 freestyle (22.25) and the 100 freestyle (49.21), both season-best times. Bryce Manso won the 1000 freestyle (11:56.17), Matthew Kim was victorious in the 200 butterfly (2;14.16), Alex Limoges took the 200 backstroke (2:03.69) and John Pedack raced to a win in the 500 freestyle (5:25.38).

LUTES SPLIT WITH LINFIELD: PLU and Linfield split a Northwest Conference dual meet held last Saturday at the Linfield Aquatics Center. The PLU men fell to their Linfield counterparts, 111-84, while the Lutes edged the Wildcat women by a 106-99 count. PLU won both 200 medley relay events to begin the meet. The PLU women's team of Casey Jackson, Gina Wittman, Kasey Dorcas and Elisabeth Simpson took the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:59.66, and the men's medley relay team consisting of Alex Limoges, Rayan Carter, Matthew Kim and Jacob Nord clocked a 1:42.72 to beat Linfield by nearly six seconds. PLU's Jessie Klauder won three individual events, taking the 400 individual medley (4:55.83), the 100 freestyle (55.91) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.83). Other PLU women to win events were Jackson in the women's 100 backstroke (1:03.13) and Elizabeth Althauser in the women's 500 freestyle (5:34.92). On the men's side, Linfield won the first four individual events before Kim broke the string with a victory in the 100 butterfly (55.71). Adding wins for the Lutes men were Gary Rempe in the men's 500 freestyle (5:07.89) and Carter in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.23).

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