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SEATTLE, Wash. - Erica Muller and Lauren Kearney each claimed an event victory as the Pacific Lutheran University swimming teams faced its toughest challenge of the season on Saturday, taking on Division I Seattle University in a dual meet inside the Connolly Complex.
The Lute women tasted defeat for the first time this season, falling 137-64 to the Redhawks while Seattle U secured the 161-43 win on the men's side.
"It was a fun day in Seattle," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We had some really good swims considering how broken down we are from training. Our swims showed that, the legs were dragging, tempos were sluggish but the team had good energy and made it a fun and spirited day to swim."
On the women's side, Muller prevailed in the 1,000 yard freestyle, touching the wall in 11 minutes, 4.98 seconds, owning a 12-second buffer over runner-up Emily Breyer of Seattle U. Kearney secured the win in the 50 freestyle, clocking a 25.67 while teammate Jennica Kelm was second in 25.89.
Muller nabbed second place in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:21.72 while the 200 freestyle relay narrowly missed the victory, touching the wall in second with a time of 1:42.68.
On the men's side, Bryson Baligad was second in the 100 backstroke in 54.95 while Hunter Cosgrove took second billing in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:24.0. The 200 freestyle relay finished a split second back of the Redhawks, clocking a 1:29.43 to snag second place.
"We're definitely looking forward to the rest that comes with Thanksgiving weekend and family time as we prep to wrap up the fall season and finish the semester strong."
The Lutes return to the pool on Dec. 2, competing in day one of the Logger Open at the University of Puget Sound.