TACOMA, Washington – The 2018-19 Puget Sound men's and women's swim seasons culminated in five Northwest Conference titles, 21 All-NWC honors, and Kelli Callahan's second consecutive season as the NWC's Women's Swimmer of the Year.
Puget Sound hosted the NWC Championships, Feb. 7-10, in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.
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).
Brett Kolb was named the NWC Men's Freshman of the Year. He 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). 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.
Callahan's efforts led to a return to the national stage. She traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, where she raced for NCAA D-III titles in the 200-IM, 400-IM, and 200-freestyle.
In addition to the NWC Championships, Puget Sound hosted another large-scale event. The three-day, 36-event of the Logger Invitational was held in Wallace Pool, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. In all, 16 teams competed on the Puget Sound campus.
The Loggers' annual training trip was in southern California, where the Puget Sound teams raced against Redlands (Jan. 5).