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October 30, 2009

Whitworth Swims Away With Sprint Titles

PARKLAND - Whitworth swamped the competition Friday night at the Pacific Lutheran University pool, easily winning both the men's and women's team titles at the season-opening NWC Sprint Pentathlon.

The Pirates had the top three male finishers and five of the top seven in scoring 357.5 points to 135 for runner-up Puget Sound. Linfield College came in a close third with 128.5, followed by Pacific Lutheran with 84, Pacific with 36.5 and Lewis & Clark with 33.5.

In the women's division, Whitworth had three of the top four finishers to score 247.5 points, followed by Puget Sound with 124, Linfield 115.5, Lewis & Clark 102, PLU 79.5, Willamette 73 and Pacific 33.5.

In the sprint pentathlon, each swimmer competes in a 50-yard race in each stroke along with a 100-yard individual medley. The cumulative times for each swimmer provide a basis for the individual winner.

The men's division was all Whitworth. Michael Woodward led the pack with a combined 2:35.78, followed by Rory Buck at 2:37.01 and Kalen Darling with a 2:38.38. Aleksander Jeremic from Puget Sound broke into the top five, placing fourth with a combined 2:40.28, followed by Whitworth's Daniel Bergman at 2:41.14.

Pacific Lutheran's top male finishers were Rayan Carter, ninth with a combined time of 2:44.27, followed by Alex Limoges in 11th with a 2:45.32.

Ashley LeCoq and Natalie Turner led a 1-2 Whitworth finish in the women's events, LeCoq clocking 3:00.97 and Turner getting a 3:04.31. Linfield's Chrissy Baumgartner was third in a time of 3:04.37, followed by Whitworth's Jennifer Benson in 3:04.59 and Lewis & Clark's Rachael Cazden in 3:06.04. Jessie Klauder was PLU's top finisher, placing sixth with a combined time of 3:06.07.

The Lutes return to action at 11 a.m. tomorrow when they compete in the NWC Relays hosted by the University of Puget Sound.

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