- 12 All-NWC Athletes
- One NCAA Nationals Individual Appearance
A Winning Tradition
NEWBERG --- Olivia Gibson and Aspen Monkhouse went home victorious as George Fox swim hosted its 'A' and 'B' finals for day two of the Bruin Invite. Gibson led all Bruins in scoring, grabbing 35 points on the night.
The Bruins entered day two in third with 280 points, nipping at the heels of Lewis & Clark who had earned 310. With the individual events bookended by relays, the women were able to score 575 points and finished second only to Pacific Lutheran (1062.5). The men totaled 460 points on their way to a fourth-place finish. The Lutes snagged first with 815 points to sweep the meet.
The Blue & Gold sent 16 qualifiers to the finals on Saturday, with Monkhouse earning the first Bruin win of the night in the 50-yard freestyle. Gibson later bested her preliminary time with a mark of 2:16.10 in the 200-yard butterfly. The two were joined by Annabelle Hynes and Tessa Orozco to form the Bruin 'A' team that was runner-up in the 200-yard medley. The women finished in 1:53.26 to grab 34 points.
Hynes was replaced by Gabrielle Wood for the 400-yard freestyle relay at the end of the night that ended with a second-place finish and 34 more points.
The men's 'A' team of Caleb Dean, William Anderson, Elijah Dapkus, and Jason Levi Gibson combined for 30 points and a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay after swimming a 1:41.25. Gibson, Dapkus, Hunter Bartoo, and Dean then complied a time of 3:18.26 to earn third place and 32 points in the 400-yard freestyle relay to bring the meet to a close.
Orozco tallied 31 points with two personal bests on the final day. The sophomore raced the 50-yard freestyle in 25.68 for third place before claiming fourth in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 2:24.673. Sophomore Kenzie Machutta also competed in the 200-yard butterfly 'A' final, scoring 12 points for the Bruins.
In the women's 100-yard backstroke, Gibson gave the Bruins 14 points after placing sixth while Maddy Angerame contributed 12 points from her seventh-place finish.
Wood made the 'A' finals for both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle, claiming a total of 23 points with her respective finishes of seventh and eighth.
Caleb Dean led the men in scoring once again, with his top performance coming in the 200-yard freestyle. The senior clocked a 1:47.13 for second place before racing to third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.04.
Gibson and Bartoo each put forth solid performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, combining for 27 points as Gibson took fifth and Bartoo snagged sixth. The two each set new personal bests and placed fifth in their other 'A' finals, with Gibson clocking a 22.53 in the 50-yard freestyle and Bartoo turning in a 4:30.75 in the 400-yard IM.
Dapkus broke into the top-three in the 200-yard butterfly, earning 16 points for the Bruins.
What Happens Next
Adin Williams will travel to Lewisville, Texas to compete in the 2019 Paralympic Swimming Championships on December 6-8 before the team regroups after the new year. The Bruins then take a trip to California for the Chris Knorr Invitational hosted by Cal Lutheran on Sunday, Jan. 5.