Dec 01, 2018

Bruins In Second After First Day of Bruin Invite

A Winning Tradition

  • 12 All-NWC Athletes
  • One NCAA Nationals Individual Appearance

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men and women's swim teams hosted its first-ever four-team tournament Saturday, as the Bruins finished with a combined 601 points on day one to sit in second.


The Bruins played host to Willamette University, Pacific University, and Mills College. The four-team tournament started early Saturday morning with prelims and ran into the night with finals. The Bruins came out of the day with a combined 601 points to place second. Willamette holds the day one lead with 910 points, Pacific is in third with 470 points and Mills College finished with 149 points. The Cyclones from Mills College are competing only on the women's side.

As for the teams, the women's team recorded 379 points to finish second, trailing only Willamette by 13 points.  The men also came in second with 222 points, while Willamette holds the advantage with 518 points.

The women's team kicked off the meet with a strong showing in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay. Olivia Gibson, Grace Ferguson, Gabrielle Wood, and Aspen Monkhouse all played major roles as the Bruins won the event with a time of 1:43.08.

Gibson went on to place second in the women's 100-yard butterfly and second in the women's 100-yard freestyle. She also joined Joanna Zuckerman, Wood, and Monkhouse in the women's 400-yard medley relay to help place the Bruins in third.

Zuckerman provided the Bruins with 15 points in the women's 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:40.71. Chloe Weber was right behind Zuckerman in fifth with a time of 2:43.68.

Monkhouse won the women's100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.03 to give the Bruins 20 points. Ferguson finished second in the women's 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:40.90.

As for the men's team, the Bruins' 200-yard freestyle relay group of Geuel Christian Villacrusis, Noah Burlingame, Zach Johnson, and Caleb Dean placed second with a time of 1:32.37.

Dean won the men's 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.18 to give the Bruins 20 points. Johnson placed third in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.24, while Burlingame finished third with a time of 2:05.94. Dean recorded a time of 50.50 in the men's 100-yard freestyle and came away with a third-place finish.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will finish the final day of the Bruin Invite Sunday, Dec. 2, with the meet, starting at 10 am.