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January 13, 2011

Five Straight NWC Home Meets for PLU

THIS WEEKEND: Pacific Lutheran hosts Lewis & Clark, Friday, 6 p.m.; PLU hosts Pacific, Saturday, 1 p.m.

LUTES RETURN TO ACTION: After a layoff from competition spanning more than a month, Pacific Lutheran will host Lewis & Clark on Friday night and Pacific on Saturday afternoon in its return to Northwest Conference dual meet competition. Both PLU teams enter the weekend action with 2-0 records in NWC duals and 4-0 marks overall. Lewis & Clark and Pacific are both 0-2 overall and in NWC duals thus far this season.

FIVE STRAIGHT AT HOME: This weekend's meets are the initial two of five straight conference home meets to end the dual season for the Lutes. Next Friday and Saturday they host Whitman and Whitworth, respectively, and on Feb. 5 it will be the Lutes versus the Loggers in a battle of cross-town rivals. The Northwest Conference meet is slated fro Feb. 25-27 in Tualatin Hills, Ore.

LAST YEAR VS. LEWIS & CLARK: Pacific Lutheran opened up with victories in the women's and men's 200 medley relay events and carried that momentum throughout the night in sweeping the visiting Lewis & Clark College Pioneers last Jan. 22 at the PLU Pool. The PLU women took a 111-94 triumph and the men were 120-84 winners. Women's meet highlights included Jessie Klauder won both the 400 individual medley (4:57.28) and the 100 freestyle (55.73). Klauder also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:57.53). Other PLU winners in the women's dual were Elizabeth Althauser in the 200 freestyle (2:05.96), Casey Jackson in the 100 backstroke (1:00.89) and Rachel Troutt in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.08). Pacific Lutheran's men won 10 of the 11 events, with Alex Limoges, Phil Rempe and Jacob Nord all taking first in two individual events and participating on a winning relay team.

LAST YEAR VS. PACIFIC: Pacific Lutheran swept both ends of a Northwest Conference swimming dual meet 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). 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.

IT'S BEEN AWHILE: When the Lutes hit the water against the visiting Pioneers on Friday night, it will have been 41 days since their last competition. They last swam in a dual meet on Dec. 4 when they swept aside host College of Idaho in the second of non-conference dual meets on back-to-back days.

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