- 12 All-NWC Athletes
- One NCAA Nationals Individual Appearance
A Winning Tradition
NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's and women's swim programs will send 10 women and seven men to the finals on day one of the Bruin Invite. Olivia Gibson's first- and third-place qualifying times led both programs in the first session while 11 Bruins set new personal bests.
Freshman Olivia Gibson put forth two top-three performances on Saturday morning, finishing first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.85 and setting a new personal best of 2:13.14 in the 200-yard backstroke (third).
Also producing qualifying times in the 100-yard butterfly was sophomore Tessa Orozco, who competed in the event for the first time in her career, with a seventh-place time of 1:03.25. Sophomores Jamie Zuckerman and Kenzie Machutta set personal bests in the event as they finished 11th and 12th with respective times of 1:04.94 and 1:05.53.
Joining Gibson in the 200-yard backstroke will be sophomore Abby Williams, who swam a 2:37.64 for 13th place.
Junior Aspen Monkhouse leads three Bruins to the 100-yard freestyle finals with her first-place finish of 54.69. Orozco debuted in this event as well and finished seventh with a mark of 57.31. Sophomore Chloe Weber was .83 seconds off from besting herself in the event, finishing eighth in 57.87.
Weber also qualified in the 500-yard freestyle with her time of 5:39.76 that was good for 12th place. Accompanying her to the finals will be sophomores Gabrielle Wood and Maddy Angerame. Wood raced to a ninth-place finish with a PR of 5:37.13 while Angerame turned in a time of 5:38.22 for 11th.
Wood will be featured in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke after her time of 2:41.92 earned her a 13th-place finish. Taking the slot ahead of her was freshman Annabelle Hynes, who finished 12th with a new personal best of 2:41.34.
Hynes recorded her second PR in the 200-yard IM, clocking in at 2:23.12 for a 10th-place finish. Machutta will accompany the California native to the finals, finishing 16th with a time of 2:27.23—just .18 off from her career-best.
On the men's side, nearly every swimmer bested himself in at least one of his events. Senior Caleb Dean led the men with two fourth-place finishes, setting a new PR in the 100-yard butterfly (53.13) and swimming the 100-yard freestyle in 49.03. Freshman Elijah Dapkus will join Dean in the finals with his eight-place finish and new personal best of 54.87.
Competing alongside the senior in the 100-yard freestyle will be freshman Joshua Levi Gibson, who was just .26 away from his PR with a time of 49.92 (T6). Gibson also qualified for the 200-yard breaststroke in his first appearance with a mark of 2:24.62 and a 10th-place finish.
The rookie will be joined by three other Bruins in the 200-yard breaststroke, led by freshman Hunter Bartoo's fifth-place finish and new PR of 2:20.26. Placing ninth in the event was freshman William Anderson with his PR of 2:24.45 while freshman Chris Mourich landed 11th with his debut performance of 2:25.92.
Mourich, Anderson, and sophomore Christian Villacrusis will compete in the 200-yard IM finals. Mourich PR'd with a 13th-place finish of 2:15.16, Anderson placed 12th at 2:13.17, and Villacrusis debuted with a mark 2:17.70 (14th).
Last but not least, Bartoo qualified in the 500-yard freestyle after racing the event in 5:08.78 for a ninth-place finish.
What Happens Next
The Bruins are back in the pool this evening to compete in the final rounds of today's events. The second session is set to begin at 5 p.m.