Wildcat swim teams have top performances at NWC championships

Sara Levering, Copy Editor

Three Linfield freshmen captured champion-winning performances on Friday at the Northwest Conference Championships. Overall, Linfield had a plethora of record-breaking times.

For women’s action, Evette Dow, ’19, broke a three-year old record of senior teammate Nikki Overton in the event of 500 freestyle. Dow clocked almost five full seconds ahead of the second place swimmer.

Kaedi Fry, ’19, placed second in her specialty event of 200 individual medley, even so, broke a school record.

Rita Cohen, ’17, placed sixth in 50 freestyle with a time of 24 minutes 53 seconds, which topped her previous best time of 24.81 set last season at the NWC championship.

Elizabeth Fry, ’16, earned 10th place in 500 freestyle and recorded a season-best time of 5:17.41.

In the women’s 400 medley relay, consisting of Dow, Kaedi Fry, Cohen and Overton, claimed third place and cut nine seconds off their previous best time.

Kaedi Fry was once again flawless and captured the title for 400 IM. She beat a rival from Pacific Lutheran University by .07 seconds and broke a long-standing record set in 1993 with a time of 4:31.10.

Cohen grabbed sixth place in 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:00.12. Tahnijo Kakazu, ’19, notched 10th place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:46.67. Elizabeth Fry earned 11th place in the 200 freestyle.

The women’s relay, consisting of Dow, Elizabeth and Kaedi Fry and Cohen, captured second place with a time of 7:45.57. In the women’s 200 medley relay consisting of Dow, Kaedi Fry, Cohen and Overton, set a school record claiming second place.

Even with successful events, the women’s team slipped from second to fifth place on day two and got fifth place overall.

Rita Cohen said, “I am beyond happy with how the team has done this weekend. The team has a new culture of being competitive and it is really showing.”

“The fact that we’ve set a plethora of records really says something, not only about the swimmers but also about Kyle and the program he is rebuilding,” she said.

Cohen also said that the team should be proud of what they have accomplished this season.

On the men’s side, freshman wetcat Neirton Oliveira, ’19, was the NWC champion in the 50 freestyle beating a Whitman swimmer by .07 seconds.

Trevor Gourley, ’19, came in third with a time of 21.09. Victor Brasil, ’18, defended his championship in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.03.

Two Linfield freshmen claimed third and fourth in the 100-butterfly. Andres La Rosa, ’19, took third and Neirton Oliveira, ’19, was fourth.Ian White, ’16, captured ninth and Trevor Gourley, ’19, took 10th place.

La Rosa also took fourth place in 100 backstroke with a time of 52.70 and captured the championship for 200 butterfly.

The men’s 800 freestyle relay, consisting of Juan Vidal, ’17, White, Hayden Cooksy, ’18, and La Rosa, captured fifth place and had a personal best of 7:06.48. The men placed fourth overall which is an improvement from last season’s sixth place.

David Brody said, “I am super happy with how the team performed, everybody swam hard and had a lot of best times and records.”

“Everybody gave it their all and we competed well with the other conference,” he said. Brody really enjoyed being with all the teams up in Washington.