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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team showed a glimpse of why they're the preseason favorites in the Northwest Conference, opening the season on Friday night by winning the NWC Sprint Invitational for the fourth consecutive season.
Danielle Booth headlined the night for the Lutes, making her collegiate debut and topping the field, scoring 67 of PLU's 246.5 total points and finishing with the fastest combined time. Booth clocked a cumulative tally of two minutes, 57.22 seconds owning times of 1:02.31 in the 100 individual medley, 28.17 in the 50 butterfly, 30.55 in the 50 backstroke, 31.16 in the 50 breaststroke, and a 25.03 in the 50 freestyle. Fellow first year Victoria Nguyenle had an equally impressive debut, owning the sixth fastest cumulative time at the meet (2:59.69).
Kylie Webb was 15th overall, clocking a 3:04.47 across the five events followed closely by Whitney Mundle (3:05.33) and Luna Kim (3:05.88) in 16th and 17th places, respectively. Lauren Kearney (21st- 3:06.67), Erica Muller (23rd- 3:07.36), and Ingrid Straume (24th- 3:07.37) made it eight Lutes among the meet's top 25 finishers.
"We had a great time today," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "It was a fun way to break off the race rust and go fast against other teams. As is typical, we had some really positive swims that set the tone and some that gave us focal points to work on."
PLU topped the charts in the team standings after accumulating 246.50 points, outdistancing runner-up Linfield College (223.17) by over 23 points. The University of Puget Sound (108.17) was a distant third at the seven-team meet held at Lewis & Clark College.
"Great depth showed and carried us today, lots of fun."
The Lutes are back in the poll on Saturday, trekking to Pacific University for the NWC Relays.