With her second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday, Whitworth’s Natalie Turner made Northwest Conference history in the final day of the NCAA Division III swimming championships in Minneapolis.
Turner became the first woman in the NWC to score in 12 out of 12 career events, finishing in 16:54.73 to lead the Pirates to a 17th-place finish with 70 points.
The Whitworth men finished 16th with 54 points, led by Rory Buck, who took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.26.
His time broke his previous school record of 2:01.60.
Rachel Vigers scored 20 points for Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) CC (31-2) as the North Idaho women’s basketball team’s season came to a close with a 73-61 loss in the seventh-place game of the NJCAA Division I tournament in Salinas, Kan.
NIC (28-8) finished its season with an eighth-place effort at the tournament.
Tugce Canitez and Kama Griffetts combined for 35 of the Cardinals’ 61 points, but the Wolves held NIC to just 26 percent shooting from the floor (14 of 53).
Drew Hillman double twice and drove in four runs and Francis Larson recorded three hits and three RBIs as UC Irvine (12-6) pounded out 17 hits to defeat Gonzaga (8-10) 13-1 at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif.
Christian Bergman earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.
•Austin Chamberlain collected three of Community Colleges of Spokane’s 11 hits in a 9-7 victory over Grays Harbor CC (1-11) and Stinson Ott and Justin Murphy combined on a three-hit shutout to lead the Sasquatch (8-2) to a sweep, winning the second game 3-0 at Spokane Falls CC.
•Kyle Krustangle went 6 for 8 for the day, hitting his fourth home run of the season as Whitworth (5-13, 2-3 Northwest Conference) salvaged a home split with Lewis & Clark (5-10, 4-7), winning the second game 11-5 after dropping the opener 10-2.
The Pirates belted three home runs in the second game to erase a slow day at the plate in the opener. Against the Pioneers’ Alex St. Pierre, the Pirates managed just two runs on eight hits in the opener.
•The second game of a three-game set between Washington State and Wichita State was canceled because of overnight snow in Wichita, Kan. The Cougars will fly home after today’s regularly scheduled game, so there will not be enough time to play a doubleheader.
After dropping a pair to No. 1 Salt Lake CC Friday, North Idaho looked for a bounce-back in its doubleheader with the Bruins (35-0, 23-0), but fell just short in both games, losing 11-9, 4-2 in Coeur d’Alene.
The Cardinals (21-15, 14-10) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh in the opener, with Juliann Hartnett plating the final run with a double, but it was not enough as the game ended on the next at-bat.
Hartnett also added a home run and three more RBIs in the loss.
•Community Colleges of Spokane earned a split in the first day of the Walla Walla CC preseason tournament at Richland, falling 5-4 in nine innings to Lower Columbia CC before knocking off South Puget Sound 11-3.
Katie Bologna led the Sasquatch (1-8) with two of their 11 hits against SPSCC. The Sasquatch will finish up tournament action today against Chemeketa at 11:15 a.m. and Shoreline at 3:45 p.m.
Track and field
Washington State junior Marissa Tschida nearly eclipsed her school record in the javelin, throwing a distance of 172 feet, 8 inches to win the event at the USC Trojan Invite in Los Angeles.
She led the WSU women, who also saw Princess Joy Griffey take second in the 100-meter dash (11.91 seconds) and third in the 200 meters (24.17).
The Cougars men were led by All-American Matt Lamb, who took second in the discus with a throw of 185-5.
•Whitworth’s Emmanuel Bofa, the two-time defending NCAA Division III champion in the 800, ran a school-record 1:48.77 to win the event at the Point Loma Nazarene Collegiate Open in San Diego. Senior Ron Whitley also posted a pair of provisional NCAA marks for the Pirates, finishing second in the discus (157-1) and third in the hammer throw (181-10).
Rachel Busick led the Pirate women, taking the javelin at 124-9.
•Jeff Kinter led a strong day for the Whitworth men at the CC of Spokane Dusty Lane Open, taking first in the shot put at 54-91/2. He also placed second in the discus (152-4) and hammer (160-7).
Also at the event, the Eastern Washington Eagles saw Emily Jacobsen open her outdoor season with a throw of 163-1 in the javelin, ranked third all-time, tied with Michelle Coombs.
Washington State was led by its male runners. Stephan Scott-Ellis (100), David Hickerson (800) and Jono Lafler (1,500) all won their events.
After several hours of delays because of severe weather conditions, the Gonzaga Varsity 8 powered its way to a 3-second victory over No. 15 Oregon State at the Dexter Reservoir in Eugene, Ore.
The Bulldogs finished the race in 7:11.42, outpacing OSU’s time of 7:14.51.
Despite losing the varsity race, the Beavers took the Novice 8, Junior Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 4 races.