Oct 26, 2019

Dean, Monkhouse Lead Bruins at NWC Sprint Pentathlon

A Winning Tradition

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

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Caleb Dean and Aspen Monkhouse led the men's and women's swimming programs to a third-place finish at the NWC Sprint Pentathlon hosted by Whitworth on Sunday.


The NWC Pentathlon consists of the 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke, and 50-yard freestyle. The Bruins combined for 265 points after placing one or more swimmers in the top-five in six of the 10 events.

Monkhouse scored 42 of the Bruin women's 130 points, with her top performance coming in the 50-yard freestyle (25.50). The junior also timed in at 28.13 for a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly and placed ninth in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 34.57.

Sophomore Olivia Gibson turned in top-10 finishes in four of her events to open her collegiate career scoring 39 points. The Washington native placed eighth in the 50-yard free (26.49), ninth in the 50-yard backstroke (29.84), and 10th in both the 50-yard butterfly (28.53) and 100-yard IM (1:06.74).

Sophomore Gabrielle Wood also made a splash in her first collegiate meet with two top-10 finishes and 28 points. Wood's highest finish came in the 50-yard breaststroke as she placed seventh with a time of 33.93. Wood also turned in the 10th-fastest time of 26.57 in the 50-yard free.

On the men's side, Caleb Dean finished eighth or higher in all his events to contribute 67 of the squad's 135 points. The senior's day was highlighted by a third-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly (24.47). Dean also placed fourth in the 50-yard free (22.88), fifth in the 100-yard IM (57.07), and eighth in both the 50-yard backstroke (26.70) and 50-yard breaststroke (29.76).

Jason Levi Gibson's three top-ten finishes were good for 46 points on the day. The freshman nearly broke into the top-three in his debut when he placed fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke (28.87). Gibson also placed fifth in the 50-yard free (22.96) and ninth in the 50-yard backstroke (27.02).

Hunter Bartoo rounded out the Bruins' top-ten finishes after placing ninth in the 50-yard free. The rookie turned in a time of 23.26 and finished with 18 points.

Calista Skog and Puget Sound took first in the women's rankings while William Walters helped Whitworth claim the men's title.

What Comes Next

The Bruins open their home schedule against Whitworth and Whitman on November 1-2 in Newberg.