Wildcats break records NWC championships

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Claire St. Marie, '19, swimming the 1000m freestyle against Lewis & Clark.

Claire St. Marie, '19, swimming the 1000m freestyle against Lewis & Clark.

Fiona Kelley

Fiona Kelley

Claire St. Marie, '19, swimming the 1000m freestyle against Lewis & Clark.

Gabriel Nair, staff writer

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This past weekend has been one of breaking records for the Linfield Wildcats Swim Team. The Men’s Swim team ended up in 3rd place and the Women’s Swim team ended up in 4th.

On the first day of conference, Noah Cutting, ’20, broke the school record in the 200-yard medley, which he previously set, with a time of 1:50.96.

Cutting also successfully defended his 200-freestyle relay title alongside Neirton Oliveira,’19, Trevor Gourley,’19, and Matthew Hanson, ’18. The four of them broke the record they set last year with a time of 1:23.17, beating Whitman by half a second.

The women’s swim team was also breaking records on the first day with Kaedi Fry, ’19, setting a new Wildcat record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.21. Unfortunately, her tome wasn’t enough to secure the title and she finished third in the event.

Evette Dow, ’19, captured her third NWC title in the 500-freestlye with a time of 5:04.43.

“We went out this weekend and gave it our absolute all. Each and every year we improve and it’s just amazing to see our swimmers embody the positive attitude to go out and win races to move us up in placements!” Dow said about her team’s performance.

On the second day, Cutting broke another one of his own records in the 100-butterfly, with a time of 48.64.

Oliveira attempted to defend his title and set record 49.74 in the 100-backstroke this year, but it wasn’t enough to beat Whitworth’s Patrick Wilber who achieved a 48.91 beating Oliveira.

Dow continued to impress as a three-time individual champion in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:53.87, which was just shy of her record.

Emily Samuido, ’21, and Molli Hartzell, ’20, both set record times in the 100 butterfly despite coming in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Samuido set a record time of 57.59 and Hartzell set a record of 57.83.

“We went out this weekend and gave it our absolute all. Each and every year we improve and it’s just amazing to see our swimmers embody the positive attitude to go out and win races to move us up in placements!” Captain David Flores, ’19, said reflecting on the results at conference.

Sophomore Daniel Endicott, ’20, echoed the same sentiments. “Both the women and the men this weekend swam great! Lots of broken records and I can’t wait to see how we do in finals tonight. It’s been a good weekend so far and we are excited to finish strong!”

On the third day, Linfield continued to do well, but started to drop races. Multiple wildcats set personal records, but were unable to come out on top in many of their races. But despite their setbacks, the women’s team were able to hold onto their fourth place while the Men’s team dropped by one place.

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Wildcats break records NWC championships