PARKLAND – The Pacific Lutheran swimming teams continue to make program history with their highest rankings and most All-Northwest Conference performances, as 24 Lutes combined for a team-record 93 all-conference honors at the 2016 NWC Championship Meet.
The final collegeswimming.com saw both PLU teams move down a few spots, but the Lutes still recorded the best end-of-season rankings in team history as the Lute women ranked 24th and the men ranked 45th. Those rankings came on the heels of the Lutes putting up 93 all-conference performances, with 46 first-team honors and 47 second-team times.
"I'm really excited to see so many of our swimmers recognized as all-conference," PLU head coach Matt Sellman said. "We really emphasize team success and how all of our individual contributions build up to allow us to be a successful team and family, and this is a great example of that. It illustrates how much each of these kids do for the team and where our team success comes from. It's each teammate doing their best and working hard to achieve, and when you put 45 people together who do that, good things happen."
Nine different Lute women earned multiple first-team honors as a total of 13 PLU women's swimmers gained recognition. Alex Weeks led the way with first-team honors in seven events: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. Shanell Sullenberger picked up first-team honors in six events – 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay – and she added a second-team honor in the 50 free.
Kiana Sullenberger totaled six all-conference nods, with first-team performances in the 50 free, 100 breast, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay and a second-team performance in the 200 breast. Melissa Dean finished the weekend with four first-team and three second-team performances, earning first-team recognition in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay, the 800 free relay and the 400 medley relay and claiming second-team honors in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly.
Hanna Armstrong earned first-team honors in the 100 free, 200 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay, and she received second-team honors in the 500 free. Erica Muller matched the four first-team nods with her performances in the 500 free, 1650 free, 400 individual medley and 800 free relay. Kylie Webb claimed first-team honors in the 200 breast, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley, while Luna Kim earned first-team recognition in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay and earned second-team in the 100 backstroke.
Sarah Ameny picked up a pair of first-team honors in the 100 fly and 200 fly. Reese Ackman totaled three honors with a first-team performance in the 100 fly and second-team times in the 100 back and 200 individual medley. Taylor Bingea picked up three second-team honors in the 500 free, 1650 free and 200 fly, while Chloe Carr received second-team recognition in the 100 breast and Jessica Stenberg did so in the 1650 free.
Bradley Jerome led the PLU men in first-team performances, earning the honor in three different events: 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free. He added a second-team honor in the 800 free relay. Matt Wehr earned the most total honors for the Lute men with a first-team performance in the 200 individual medley and second-team honors in five events: 200 fly, 400 individual medley, 200 free relay, 800 free relay and 200 medley relay.
Bryson Baligad earned first-team honors in the 100 back and added second-team honors in the 200 back, 100 fly, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Joseph Bowley claimed first-team recognition in the 100 breast and picked up second-team honors in the 200 individual medley, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Hunter Cosgrove totaled four honors with first-team recognition in the 1650 free and second-team in the 200 free, 500 free and 800 free relay. Paul Jett earned first-team honors in the 100 fly and second-team in the 200 individual medley and 200 medley relay.
Cody Hartman and Seth Villeda each picked up four second-team honors. Hartman earned recognition in the 100 back, 200 back, 200 free and 400 medley relay, while Villeda earned the nods in the 200 fly, 200 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay. Dennis Liu earned three second-team honors in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 medley relay. Bennon VanHoof picked up second-team honors in the 100 breast and 200 breast, while Jacob Goodman earned second-team recognition in the 100 back and 200 freestyle relay.
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