Linfield Swimming Rises to Occasion

Sara Levering, Sports Co-Editor

Both the Linfield Men & Women placed second out of the seven Northwest Conference schools this past weekend at the 15th Annual Northwest Conference Sprint Invitational held in Portland, Oregon at Lewis and Clark College.

Both teams placed behind Pacific Lutheran University. The women were behind by 23.33 points respectively and the men were behind by 8.5 points. Needless to say, the Wildcats have improved immensely.

This meet ran differently than typical meets. The men and women did pentathlons as opposed to their regular events. This consists of 100 Individual Medley, 50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke, and 50 Freestyle. Those times from each event is added together to give them a time.

For the women, Evette Dow, ‘19, placed second with a time of 2:57:35 and Kaedi Fry, ‘19, placed third with the time of 2:58:09. The first place woman from Pacific Lutheran had a time of 2:57:22, which is dangerously close to Dow. Alexis Murphy, ‘20, placed 10th and Tahni Kakazu, ‘19, placed 20th. There was a nice spread throughout the results of Linfield Women.

For the men, Noah Cutting, ‘20, placed first with a time of 2:34:97. In second, another Linfield Wildcat, Neirton Oliveira, ‘19, with a time of 2:36:37. Trevor Gourley, ‘19, placed 8th with a time of 2:41:63. Juan Vidal, ‘17, placed 21st and Victor Brasil, ‘18, placed 22nd. Like the women, there was a nice spread of Linfield scattered throughout the pentathlon.

David Brody, ‘17, said “I think we really showed the conference that we’re one of the top teams.”

On how the meet prepared them for the winter season, “This meet helped us see how people are swimming heading into the conference meets and was a good opportunity to get on the blocks and race,” Brody continued.

When asked to state goals for the upcoming season, “our goals for the season are to win conference and improve upon last  year,” Brody concluded.

Next up, the Linfield Swim team travel to Spokane, Washington to face the Whitworth Pirates on Friday at 6pm. On Saturday, they travel to Walla Walla, Washington to face Whitman College, which starts at 1pm.