SPOKANE, Wash. - The Puget Sound Loggers swept the relays and freshman Aleksander Jeremic (Skopje, Macedonia/Nova) won two events but it was the Whitworth Pirates who were victorious in the team standings, sweeping the Loggers in the NWC swimming dual season finale on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.
The Loggers opened up the rivalry meet on a strong note as the women took the top two spots in the 200yd medley relay, with the Loggers' top team posting a time of 1:53.83. The Logger men followed that up with a nearly two second victory in the same event.
Whitworth began to show their strength in the individual events as they won both 1650yd freestyle races, as well as both 200yd freestyle races. Senior Jackson Kowalski (Keizer, Ore./McNary) got Puget Sound's first individual win of the afternoon in the 100yd backstroke, hitting the wall in a time of 53.19.
Sophomore Sierra Phillips (Cottonwood, Utah/Brighton) led a one-two-three finish by the Loggers in the 100yd breaststroke, edging out teammate Tracy Wormwood (Elk River, Minn.) by just one one-hundredth of a second. Jeremic collected his first individual win of the afternoon in the 200yd butterfly, cruising to victory with a time of 1:58.87.
Sophomore Adam Ganz (Cleveland, Ohio/Beachwood) edged out teammate Christopher Daly (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) in the men's 50yd freestyle as the Loggers tried to keep up with the defending champion Bucs. Sophomore Cait Farry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Palmer) earned a victory in the 200yd backstroke with a time of 2:14.74.
In the women's 200yd breaststroke, Wormwood collected her only win of the afternoon, winning by over five seconds with a time of 2:28.73. Jeremic made it two individual wins for the afternoon just a few events later, out-dualing Whitworth's Rory Buck in the 100yd butterfly to win with a time of 52.33.
The Pirates won the final two individual events of the afternoon but Puget Sound concluded the afternoon on a strong not, winning the women's 200yd freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.97 and then taking the men's race by a half-second with a time of 1:30.53.
The Whitworth men won by a final score of 145-107 while the Pirate women slipped past the Loggers by just nine points, 135-126.
The Loggers will now turn their attention towards the 2010 Northwest Conference Championships on Feb. 12-14 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.