PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Puget Sound swim teams earned their first wins of the 2011 NWC Swimming Championships and still sit comfortably in second place. Three Loggers earned individual titles and the women took the 200 medley relay title to highlight the day.
The finals session started with a Logger victory as Mackenzie Kitson, Tracy Wormwood, Rachel Mendehlsohn and Maggie O’Rourke teamed up to take the 200 medley relay title. The Logger team recorded a time of 1:48.12.
Later in the day, Kitson took another title in the women’s 100 back. She earned an NCAA provisional time with a 57.75 in the prelims and then took the NWC title with a time of 58.21 in the finals. In the next event, Teale Kitson (Mackenzie’s younger brother) took the men’s 100 back title for a Kitson-sweep of the event. Teale finished with a time of 52.44 to take the title, improving upon his prelim time of 53.31.
Tracy Wormwood took the 100 breast title just before the Kitson-sweep with and NCAA provisional time of 1:05.25.
The Loggers also had an extremely strong showing on both sides of the 100 fly. For the women, Kelsey Elizondo, Caitlin Fuller and Mendelsohn finished 3-4-5 to grab some big points. The men one-upped the women in the 100 fly with a 2-3-4-5 finish in the event. Aleksander Jeremikj led they way with a 51.19, followed by Derek Frenzel, Max Cohen and Zach Walker.
The women are in second place with 497 points, trailing Whitworth by 97 points. Meanwhile, the men have tallied 397 points, which is 59.5 points in front of third-place Whitman. However, Whitworth leads with 632.5 points.