Callahan repeats as NWC Swimmer of the Year

Callahan repeats as NWC Swimmer of the Year

FEDERAL WAY, Washington – Kelli Callahan was named the Northwest Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year, and Brett Kolb was named the NWC Men's Freshman of the Year following the fourth and final day of the 2019 NWC Swimming Championships in Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. 

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Callahan successfully defended her NWC titles in the 400-IM (4:26.70) and 200-IM (2:05.25). The junior also claimed the conference crown in the 200-freestyle (1:52.33).

During the final day of the championships, Callahan teamed up with Kayli Brown, Skye McCurdy, and Calista Skog to take second place, and an All-NWC First Team honor, in the 400-freestyle relay (3:34.34).

Kolb earned the men's 200-freestyle championship by touching the wall in 1:41.52. He was also third overall, and an All-NWC First Team honoree, in the 1650-freestyle by finishing in 16:15.14. Kolb placed fourth in the 500-freestyle, timing in at 4:37.19, for an All-NWC Second Team honor. 

Kolb, along with Justin Sasano, Eli Champagne, and Dylan Reimers, claimed second place (All-NWC First Team) in the 800-freestyle relay (6:55.73).

Sunday, Reimers successfully defended his NWC title in the 1650-freestyle by touching the wall in 16:06.20.

Calista Skog claimed All-NWC First team in the women's 100-freestyle when she placed third with a time of 53.11.

Aza Verhoeven placed fourth in the women's 200-backstroke, timing in at 2:10.28 for an All-NWC Second Team honor. Connor King was eighth in the men's 200-backstroke, as his time of 2:05.99 earned a place on the All-NWC Second Team. Austin Stiver added another All-NWC Second Team honor when she placed eighth in the 200-breaststroke (2:31.20).

Competing in the men's 200-butterfly, both Aaron Zevenbergen (1:56.89, 7th) and Justin Sasano (1:55.29, 4th) earned All-NWC Second Team honors. Eli Champagne was third overall in the event (1:54.51), bring in an All-NWC First Team nod.

All in all, the Loggers took home five NWC titles and 21 All-NWC honors (12 First Team).

As a team, Puget Sound men placed third with 405 points, and the women were fifth with 371 points. Whitman won the women's NWC team title, and Whitworth won for the men.