Lutes' Opener Results in Sweep of College of Idaho
Pacific Lutheran opened its 2011-12 swimming season on Friday evening with a non-conference sweep of the visiting College of Idaho Coyotes at the PLU pool.
Pacific Lutheran took the top two spots in every event but one Friday night to swim away from visiting College of Idaho, 173-23.
Frosh Toni Castillo was a double-event winner for the Lutes, taking the 50 freestyle (25.69) and 100 butterrfly (1:00.03). Other individual event winners were Kina Ackerman in the 1000 freestyle (11:21.25), Emma Thompson in the 200 freestyle (2:06.29), Mackenzie Carlson in the 200 individual medley (2:22.38), Michelle Hogan in the 100 freestyle (56.42), Darla Avis in the 100 backstroke (1:03.43), Courtney Karwal in the 500 freestyle (5:49.60), and Rachel Althauser in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.65).
The Lutes also dominated in the two relay events, taking the top five places in both. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Avis, Althauser, Castillo and Elizabeth Althauser won with a time of 1:56.06. In the 200 freestyle relay, Kristin Neuneker, Hogan, Thompson and Rachel Nelson combined for a winning 1:45.50.
The Lutes won both relays and seven of the nine individual events to easily pull away from the 'Yotes in a 149-52 victory.
Event winners included Chase Mesford in the 200 freestyle (1:49.83) and the 100 freestyle (49.21), Justin Thornley in the 1000 freestyle (10:41.03), Rayan Carter in the 50 freestyle (23.06), Andre Tucayan in the 200 individual medley (2:07.46), Phil Rempe in the 100 butterfly (54.06), Patrick Opie in the 500 freestyle (5:05.68).
PLU opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, with Joseph Parker, Carter, Jake Dacus and Basil Whaley combining for a 1:42.65. The final event, the 200 freestyle relay, went to the team of Opie, Mesford, Dacus and Rempe in a time of 1:31.16.
Casey Walker spoiled the Lutes' clean sweep, touching first in the 100 backstroke (55.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:03.65).
PLU hosts the annual Alumni Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday and then returns to action on Friday, Oct. 28, at the NWC Sprints hosted by Whitworth University.
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