Nov 24, 2019

16 Bruins Earn Trip to Finals on Day 2 of the Bruin Invite

A Winning Tradition

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

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's and women's swimming programs continue to improve, setting 15 new personal bests and sending 16 total swimmers to the day two finals of the Bruin Invite.


On the women's side, five new personal bests were set in Sunday's preliminary races with nearly every swimmer besting their season times. Aspen Monkhouse claimed the lone victory heading into the finals, finishing the 50-yard free in 24.29.

Olivia Gibson will race the 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke this evening, taking second and third with respective times of 2:16.79 and 1:01.00.

Joining Gibson in the 200-yard butterfly will be sophomores Tessa Orozco and Kenzie Machutta, whom each set two career-lows in the first session. Orozco finished fourth with a time of 2:26.53 while Machutta swam for seventh with a mark of 2:34.31. Orozco also earned her way into the finals of the 50-yard freestyle after claiming fifth while Machutta is headed to the 400-yard IM having earned sixth.

Freshman Annabelle Hynes will swim in two finals after placing ninth in both the 400-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke. Her times of 5:08.39 and 1:13.01 were good for new personal bests.

The Bruins will send three swimmers to the 200-yard freestyle finals after Gabrielle Wood (sixth), Chloe Weber (10th), and Maddy Angerame (14th) all turned in qualifying times. Angerame's time of 2:07.94 shaved over three seconds off her previous record of 2:11.23.

Wood will also compete in the 100-yard breaststroke before Angerame races in the 100-yard backstroke, each having finished eighth in their event.

The Bruin men were most successful in the 100-yard breaststroke, sending six swimmers to the finals. Freshman Jason Levi Gibson was Fox's top finisher, snagging fifth place with a time of 1:03.90. Freshman Hunter Bartoo's mark of 1:03.96 was good for a new PR and sixth while fellow rookies William Anderson and Christopher Mourich each set new PRs of 1:05.60 and 1:07.73, respectively. Sophomore Geule Christian Villacrusis also snuck into the finals after his first time competing in the event.

Caleb Dean earned the Bruin's lone first-place finish of the morning after racing the 200-yard freestyle in a record time of 1:46.05. Joining the senior in the finals will be Anderson after he placed 13th in his event debut. Dean will also be competing in the 100-yard backstroke after his third-place performance of 55.28.

Gibson will lead three swimmers to the 50-yard free finals with his third-place finish and PR time of 22.21. Competing alongside Gibson will be freshman Elijah Dapkus and Villacrusis, each with new PRs in the event. Dapkus will also be featured in the 200-yard butterfly finals, having finished third in 2:01.91.

Bartoo knocked nearly five seconds off his best time in the 400 IM on his way to third place and a trip to the finals. 

The first session was concluded with the 1650-yard freestyle, marking the only final of the morning. Weber and Kyle Sayre represented Fox well as Weber earned 11 points for the women with her eighth-place finish and Sayre grabbed six points for the men finishing 11th.

What Happens Next

The Bruins return to Chehalem Aquatic Center later this evening for finals beginning at 4:00 p.m. The women currently rank fourth with 291 points while the men sit fourth at 219 points.