Whitworth University used 10 event victories to end Puget Sound’s 11-year dominance as the Pirates swept the men’s and women’s team title at the Northwest Conference swimming championships that concluded Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Whitworth’s Steve Schadt earned NWC Women’s Coach of the Year honors and Natalie Turner won three events to be named Outstanding Women’s Swimmer of the Meet
Samantha Kephart, the NCAA Division III record holder in the butterfly, won her fourth straight 200 fly championship for the Pirates. She also has four straight titles in the 100 butterfly.
Whitworth’s David Dolphay won the men’s 1,650 freestyle for the third straight year.
After defeating NAIA top-ranked Lewis-Clark State College 6-5 and falling 27-4 to the College of Idaho on Saturday, the Whitworth Pirates dropped two games on Sunday – a 10-2 loss to LCSC and a 15-6 loss to College of Idaho.
The Pirates’ victory over the Warriors on Saturday was their first against LCSC since 1999. Mitch Ramsey was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, while Jon Whiteside was 2 for 5 and also drove in two runs.
Chad Flett worked five innings on the mound to earn the victory.
Whitworth was 1-3 in the two-day, four-game round robin tournament.
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