Written by Student Assistant McKenna Morin
TACOMA, Wash. – Last weekend at the Northwest Conference Sprints and Relay competitions, the Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams were simply dominant, winning both events. With the Lutes having a strong first year group, the swimmers are looking forward to the rest of their season as they begin the NWC dual meet season this weekend.
The Lutes host Pacific University on Friday night before hosting Lewis & Clark College on Saturday at the PLU Pool. Friday's dual gets underway at 6 p.m. with Saturday's clash slated for 11 a.m.
One of the new first year swimmers is Danielle Booth. Coming from Everett, Washington, Booth is a proud new member of the PLU swim team. When asked about how the team has been for her first year, Booth said, "They've become my family and they make getting up at 5:30 for morning practice worth it."
However, for Booth, this team really is family. Her sister Darcie Booth, who is a junior, is on the PLU swim team as well. For some, being on the same team as a sibling might be challenging, but according to Danielle it's anything but. "She pushes me so hard in my training, and she supports me and celebrates my accomplishments." Booth said. "She's taught me so much about how to be a good teammate and how to push my limits. I definitely look up to her."
Booth has been one of the many bright spots for the Lutes so far on the young season. She had the best cumulative time in the pentathlon at the NWC Sprints and was part of three winning relays at the NWC Relays, earning her NWC Swimmer of the Week on Monday.
On the men's side, Paul Jett was third overall at the NWC Sprints and was on three winning relays at the NWC Relays while Bryson Baligad was fourth at the NWC Sprints.
The Lutes won the NWC Sprints on the women's side for the fourth consecutive season while the men captured the title for the first time ever. The two teams won 11 of the 13 events at NWC Relays, securing a 26-point win in the combined team standings.
With the team putting in so much hard work it's easy to see why this past weekend was such a success. The Lutes have just started their season and are feeling strong about building towards the NWC Championships in February.