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TACOMA, Wash. - It was a battle of Northwest Conference heavyweights on Saturday afternoon with the host Pacific Lutheran University women's swimming team emerging with a 118-87 dual meet victory over Whitman College in a showdown of unbeatens.
Darcie Booth netted the Lutes' first win of the day in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a time of one minute, 59.29 seconds. PLU provided a 1-2-3 punch in the 200-yard individual medley with Victoria Nguyenle claimed her first of two event wins after touching the wall in 2:17.18. Kylie Webb was close behind in 2:17.41 followed by Reese Ackman in third in 2:18.69. Nugyenle's second victory came in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking a 2:31.81.
Sarah Ameny won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:20.59 before the Booth sisters claimed the top two positions in the 100-yard freestyle. Danielle Booth came away with the win, logging a time of 54.36 while older sister Darcie Booth was second in 55.32.
Erica Muller secured 13 points in the distance swims, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.08 after placing second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:12.17)
"Fatigue is always a factor in January," said Head Coach Matt Sellman. "We train too hard for it not to be but we prepare for that mentally and the challenge it creates. A tough team can perform well under duress and we always expect the teams we swim this time of year to be tough, so we have to counter that and respond in kind."
The win inches PLU one victory away from wrapping up an undefeated NWC dual season for the third consecutive year. PLU is 6-0 in NWC duals in 2016-2017 after sending the Blues (5-1) their first setback of the league season.
"Great win for the Lutes. We knew Whitman would challenge us and they did. Closest meet we've had in four years."
Finishing second was Ingrid Straume in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.84), Luna Kim in the 200-yard backstroke (2:16.18), Jennica Kelm in the 50-yard freestyle (25.41), the 400-yard medley relay (4:05.71) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:44.13).
"The sweep will give us great momentum as we head into next weekend against UPS and into taper and the NWC Championships."
PLU closes out its home slate next Saturday, hosting the University of Puget Sound at 1 p.m.