Linfield swim picks up two wins over Willamette

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Nathan Herde

Freshman Daniel Olson won the 50-yard freestyle in Saturday morning’s meet against Willamette.

JJ Anderson, Staff Writer

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Linfield men’s and women’s swim teams defeated the visiting Willamette Bearcats in the lone home meet at the Linfield Aquatics Center this spring. The men cruised to an easy 115-51 victory, while the women toppled the Bearcats, 117-58.

Overall, 20 of the 26 events were won by Wildcat swimmers.

Freshman Cam Wheeler took first in the 400-yard IM. (Nathan Herde)

On the men’s side, sophomore Eden Johnson took home first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly.

Freshman Alex Landry won the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Ben Simpson won the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Daniel Olson won the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Casey Wong won the 200-yard backstroke and freshman Cam Wheeler finished first in the 400-yard IM.

For the Wildcat women, sophomore Kate Walkup led the way, winning the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard IM. Walkup was also a part of the victorious 200-yard medley relay team.

Freshman Abbi Karsseboom placed first in the 200-yard freestyle.  (Nathan Herde)

There were also some newcomers getting their toes wet with victory, as four freshmen took home first place in individual events. Maggie Kelley won the 50-yard freestyle, Emma Campbell won the 200-yard backstroke, Kaylee Elsom won the 500-yard freestyle and Abbie Karseboom won the 200-yard freestyle.

 

Other winners were sophomores Annelise Hed in the 100-yard backstroke and Claudia Veile in the 100-yard freestyle.

Up next, the Wildcats will travel to Newberg for a dual meet against George Fox. The women’s heats begin at 11 a.m. and the men’s heats begin around 1:30 p.m.