Loggers Meet Marks On Day Two Of NWC Championship

Loggers Meet Marks On Day Two Of NWC Championship

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Meeting NCAA qualifying standards in five events on Saturday, the Puget Sound Loggers find themselves in second place in both the men’s and women’s standings following the second day of competition at the 2010 Northwest Conference Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Loggers started out Saturday’s evening session in fine fashion, posting easy victories in both 200 yard medley relays. The Loggers women posted a winning time of 1:49.77, nearly three seconds faster than second place Whitworth. The Puget Sound men met the NCAA B-Cut with a winning time of 1:34.04, over two seconds faster than second place Whitworth.

Freshman Zachary Walker (Portland, Ore./Grant) earned the Loggers 16 points in the men’s 400yd individual medley, taking third place with a time of 4:16.19. The Logger men picked up another 33 points in the 100yd butterfly as Jackson Kowalski (Keizer, Ore./McNary) edged out teammate Aleksander Jeremic (Skopje, Macedonia/Nova) for second place. Both swimmers recorded B-Cut times, swimming 50.97 and 51.05 respectively.

Jeremic picked up another medal in the very next race, taking second in the 200yd freestyle with a time of 1:43.38.

The Loggers women picked up 53 important points in the women’s 100yd breaststroke by sweeping the top three spots. Freshman Tracy Wormwood (Elk River, Minn.) used a B-Cut qualifying time of 1:06.31 to take first, followed by teammates Sierra Phillips (Cottonwood Heights, Utah/Brighton) and Jessica Jaynes (Denver, Colo./East).

Junior Garret Shields (Roseburg, Ore.) improved his seed time by over three seconds to take second in the men’s 100yd breaststroke but the Pirates took the other three of the top four spots to extend their overall lead to 79 points.

Sophomore Kenzie Kitson (Durango, Colo.) hit a NCAA qualifying mark in the preliminaries of the 100yd backstroke with a 59.17 and followed that up with a third-place finish in the finals, posting a time of 59.38.

In the final individual event of the day, Kowalski defended his 100yd backstroke title is grand fashion, posting a new NWC meet record and B-Cut qualifying time of 51.12.

In the women’s 800m freestyle relay, the Loggers overcame Whitman to take second place with a time of 8:01.63 to finish the second day just 35 points back of Whitworth. The Pirates lead the team standings with 534 points, followed by Puget Sound (499), Lewis & Clark (252), Whitman (244), Linfield (171), Pacific (169), Willamette (157), and Pacific Lutheran (136).

The Logger men wrapped up the second day with a third place finish in the 800m relay with a time of 7:17.45. That put the Loggers in second place with 428 points. Whitworth leads the team standings with 501 points, followed by Puget Sound, Whitman (385), Linfield (246), Lewis & Clark (182), Pacific Lutheran (181), Pacific (172).

The 2010 NWC Championships conclude on Sunday. Preliminaries are set for 10:00 a.m. with finals set to begin at 5:00 p.m. at WKCAC.