TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma's premier crosstown rivalry splashed down in Wallace Pool Saturday afternoon as the Puget Sound swim teams split with Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers took the women's dual 124-81 to stay undefeated in dual meets this season while the Lutes scored the upset in the men's dual 108-97.
The Logger women opened strong taking first and third in the 200 medley relay. Kina Ackerman made up some ground for the Lutes in the 1500 free with the event win but Caitlin Fuller, Hannah Vernon and Ann Barrington finished 2-3-4 to erase the advantage.
Melissa Norrish took first in the 200 free for the Loggers to add to the lead with a 2:14.21. After another PLU win in the 50 free, Caitlin Farry cruised to a victory in the 400 IM with a 5:26.83. Fuller won her first event of the day in the 100 free as she edged Rachel Nelson from the Lutes by .04 seconds with a time of 1:03.58.
Kenzie Kitson gave the Loggers back-to-back wins with a winning time of 1:08.47 in the 100 back. Farry made it three in a row as she came in at 4:52.56 to win the 400 free and Tracy Wormwood made it four straight event wins with a 1:20.37 to win the 100 breast. The Loggers finished the meet with a fifth consecutive win in the 200 free relay.
The men's teams were neck-and-neck throughout the meet with PLU taking the early advantage with a first and third finish in the 200 medley relay. Derek Frenzel helped the Loggers make up some ground with a winning time of 17:24.40 in the 1500 free. Jere Jeremikj took first in the next event, the 200 free, with a 2:00.76 to make up even more ground.
Adam Ganz looked to put the Loggers back in the driver's seat with a 25.05 in the 50 free to earn their third straight win and Frenzel made it four straight wins with a 4:49.68 in the 400 IM. Jeremikj's 58.54 in the 100 fly made it five in a row for the Loggers.
However, the Lutes came roaring back, taking first in three of the final five events to overcome the Loggers and hand them their first dual loss of the season. Frenzel's third win of the day in the 400 free kept the Loggers within striking distance but the Lutes pushed back in the final two events with a win and a 2-3-4 finish in the final relay to score the upset.
The Loggers will head east next week to face Whitman and Whitworth although final scheduling details have not been made at this time.