TACOMA, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound swim teams sent off its seniors on a high note with a dual sweep over visiting Whitman College. The Loggers improved to 5-1 in NWC dual meets as the men won by a final score of 127-77 while the women won 119-86.
On a senior day, it was the underclassmen that wanted to send their seniors off in a positive way. A pair of freshmen, Maggie O’Rourke and Derek Frenzel, combined to win five individual events while junior Adam Ganz won two more.
“It was a great meet for our seniors to go out on as far as home meets,” commented head coach Chris Myhre. “I really was glad to see the team rebound. It would have been easy to be a little down and emotionally down, but we swam really well.”
Frenzel and O’Rourke helped the Loggers to claim the title in the first six events as they quickly built a team lead. O’Rourke was part of a winning Logger 200 medley relay team before also claiming the 200 free with a time of 2:13.14. Frenzel took the 1500 free just prior to O’Rourke’s win in the 200 free with a time of 17:12.90. He was nearly 28 seconds in front of his next competitor.
Lauren Flynn broke up the Loggers’ win streak with a win in the 50 free, but Ganz got the Loggers back on the winning track with a first-place time of 24.54 in the men’s 50 free. Late in the day, Ganz also won the 100 free by a less than half a second with a time of 55.03.
Caitlin Fuller and Aleksander Jeremikj were part of the six-event winning streak to open the meet as Fuller took the 1500 free and Jeremikj came out on top in the 200 free.
Cait Ferry kept the Loggers rolling with a win in the 400 IM at 5:25.72 before Frenzel earned his second win of the day in the men’s 400 IM. He finished with a time of 4:56.29. O’Rourke followed that up with a winning time of 1:01.68 in the 100 free for her third win of the day.
Kenzie Kitson and Frenzel then teamed up to sweep the 100 back for the Loggers. Kitson finished at 1:07.86 while Frenzel’s third win of the day came at 1:04.26.
Charlotte Graham grabbed another win for the Missionaries in the 400 free before Teale Kitson won the men’s 400 free. Tracy Wormwood was the Loggers last event winner of the day as she took the 100 breast with a time of 1:18.47.
The Missionaries went on to win the last three events but the Loggers emerged victorious for their fifth wins in dual meets.
The Loggers head to Pacific Lutheran next week before they start training for the NWC Championships on Feb. 25.