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TACOMA, Wash. - Securing victories in four events, the Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team dominated the field over the weekend at the Logger Invitational, running away with the team title to cap off the fall season.
"It was a fun weekend to wrap up the fall season with," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We swam really well as a team, put up a lot of season-best times and a few personal bests, which is always what you hope for."
The Lutes accrued 872.5 points in the team standings, blowing away the field at the seven-team invitational and owning a 157-point advantage on runner-up and host University of Puget Sound. Whitworth University was a distant third with a team tally of 526.
Erica Muller tallied a pair of wins in the distance events, owning a four-second cushion over the rest of the field in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in five minutes, 10.19 seconds with teammate Taylor Bingea fourth in 5:20.48. Muller's second win came in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing in 17:57.96 with Bingea netting a runner-up showing (18:05.27) and owning a 15-second gap on the third place finisher. Muller additionally secured a third place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:47.85) while Bingea was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:18.91).
Victoria Nguyenle secured the victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a 1:07.65 while placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.12). Reese Ackman prevailed in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.30.
"Erica Muller just had a great weekend and as good a fall meet as she's ever had. Victoria Nguyenle as well."
Kylie Webb logged runner-up finishes in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.26) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:38.58) while also placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:28.88). Danielle Booth was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.54) and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (25.10) while Sarah Stafford placed third in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.41.
PLU had a strong showing in the relays, placing second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.42), 400-yard free relay (3:40.98), and the 400-yard medley relay (4:02.88).
"It was a grueling weekend with the swimmers competing in a lot of races and testing our toughness. We showed well in that category and overall it's a measuring stick as to where we are in our training and what we need to do and focus on as we prepare for the championship portion of the season in January and February."
The Lutes take the rest of the month off and return to the pool on Jan. 14, hosting Southwestern Oregon Community College in a dual meet at the PLU Pool.