Nov 16, 2019

Bruins Drop NWC Dual at Pacific Lutheran

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Bruins Drop NWC Dual to Pacific Lutheran

PARKLAND, Wash. --- The George Fox men's and women's swim teams faced Pacific Lutheran in their first Northwest Conference road dual of the season, collecting three first-place finishes across the program.


After facing Lewis & Clark last night, the young teams went up against a veteran program in Pacific Lutheran, falling 161-80 on the women's side and the men 168-70.

The women's 200-yard medley team of Olivia Gibson, Gabrielle Wood, Tessa Orozco, and Aspen Monkhouse performed well yet again, finishing second with a mark of 1:56 flat.

Gibson led the women in scoring, totaling 16 individual points on the day. The sophomore posted a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.45 before finishing second in the 200-yard fly at 2:21.94. Gibson rounded out her scoring in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:43.45, good for third place.

Monkhouse remains undefeated in the 50-yard freestyle this season, clocking in at 25.83 for nine Bruin points. The junior added four more points with fourth-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.66) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.88).

Annabelle Hynes made a big impact in the Bruins' scoring efforts with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.73). The freshman also competed individually in the 100-yard butterfly (fourth, 1:09.18) and the 200-yard breaststroke (fifth, 2:45.36).

Sophomores Orozco and Chloe Weber each tallied six points for Fox. Orozco's individual competition was highlighted by third-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.03) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:25.53). Weber's top performance came in the 100-yard freestyle when she posted a mark of 1:00.12 for third place.

Also posting a runner-up finish on the day was sophomore Kenzie Machutta, racing the 200-yard backstroke in 2:30.98.

On the men's side, senior Caleb Dean and freshman William Anderson both totaled 12 points on the afternoon. Dean swam consistently, finishing with three individual second-place finishes while Anderson posted up the men's only first-place finish of the day.

Dean was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (22.99), the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.92) and the 200-yard IM (2:06.91). Anderson backed up his victory with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard IM and a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

Hunter Bartoo continued his solid debut season with a second-place finish and a new personal best of 1:05.87 in the 100-yard breaststroke. The rookie also finished third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:10.40) and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.62) for a total of nine points.

Jason Levi Gibson scored six of his seven points with two third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. The freshman finished with respective times of 52.83 and 1:56.81. His final point was earned in the 100-yard breaststroke (fifth, 1:11.84).

Dean, Bartoo, Elijah Dapkus, and Gibson all combined for a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.34.

What Happens Next

The Bruins return home next weekend to host the Bruin invite, a two-day affair featuring six teams. Sessions on Saturday, Oct 23 will begin at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. with action resuming on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.