- 12 All-NWC Athletes
- One NCAA Nationals Individual Appearance
A Winning Tradition
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. --- The George Fox swimming program returned to action in the new year with the Chris Knorr Invitational, hosted by California Lutheran. The women placed fourth after earning 259 points while the men placed fifth at 134 points.
Aspen Monkhouse continued her reign in the 50-yard freestyle, taking first after swimming the event in 24.57. The junior's mark was .31 seconds off her personal best of 24.26 from this past fall. Swimming alongside Monkhouse was Gabrielle Wood, who placed fifth with a time of 26.62, just short of her PR. The freshman also swam the 200-yard breaststroke and finished fifth at 2:40.69.
Monkhouse gave the Bruins more points in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 56.65. Tessa Orozco produced an 11th-place finish in the same event (1:00.15) after finishing sixth (2:30.82) in the 200-yard butterfly. Kenzie Machutta was hot on her heels, placing seventh with a time of 2:41.95.
Olivia Gibson swam to fourth-place in the 100-yard butterfly, racing a 1:03.42. Joining Gibson in the event was Jamie Zuckerman, who finished two seconds behind her at eighth. Gibson also competed in the 100-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:05.98 that was good for eighth place.
The women's 400-yard freestyle team of Gibson, Chloe Weber, Orozco, and Monkhouse combined for a fifth-place finish in the 15-team field. The quad finished with a mark of 3:56.93 while the B and C teams finished 11th and 14th respectively.
On the men's side, Caleb Dean and Elijah Dapkus earned the Bruin's top finishes, placing fifth in the 200-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Dean clocked a 2:08.43 in the 200 back while Dapkus swam the 50 free in 22.99. The freshman also turned in an 11th-place finish in his first time racing the 200-yard IM.
Levi Gibson and William Anderson turned in a pair of eighth-place finishes in their respective events. Gibson snagged a time of 59.71 in the 100-yard backstroke while Anderson swam the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.59.
Gibson, Dapkus, Hunter Bartoo, and Dean made up the men's 400-yard freestyle relay team that swam to an eighth-place finish at 3:26.18, with the B team finishing 13th.
Biola University took first on the women's side with 766.5 points as the UC Santa Cruz men won with 761.5 points.
What Happens Next
The Bruins head to Salem, Ore. to face NWC opponent Willamette on Friday, Jan. 17 before returning for two straight home meets. The dual is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.