Whitworth’s string of 12 consecutive Northwest Conference men’s swimming championships ended on Sunday when the Pirates placed second to Whitman in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Pirates claimed three wins on the final day of the conference championships at the Osborne Aquatic Center but finished with 641.5 points to Whitman’s 697.5.
Wes Walton, chosen co-Men’s Swimmer of the Meet, led a 1-2-3 finish for Whitworth in the 200-yard backstroke, winning in 1 minute, 49.16 seconds, to earn his third individual title of the championships. He broke his own conference record in the preliminaries with a time of 1:48.36.
Whitworth’s Brandon Smith won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:05.29. Teammate Trevor Case tied for first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.5.
The women’s team came in third with 486 points behind Pacific Lutheran (779) and Whitman (524).
The Pirates’ Jackie Beal was selected the Women’s Swimmer of the Meet after she won the 200 backstroke in 2:03.92 to claim her third individual victory of the weekend.
Bridget Louis was Whitworth’s other female winner on Sunday, winning the 200 butterfly in 2:06.19.
Whitworth awaits final word on which swimmers will be selected to compete at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, March 19-22 in Shenandoah, Texas.
Gonzaga split its final two games at the Cal State Northridge Invitational in Los Angeles.
The Bulldogs (2-2) defeated Utah Valley 6-4 in their morning game before losing to Cal State Northridge 5-1 in their afternoon contest.
A pair of eighth-inning runs provided the winning margin against Utah Valley (0-4). Justin Jacobs reached on an infield error to open the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a single by Tyler Frost. Jacobs scored on another wild pitch before Frost came home on Mitchell Gunsolus’ base hit.
Gunsolus went 3 for 5 while Dustin Breshears, Sam Brown and Frost each had two hits. Brown drove in two.
Zach Abbruzza (1-0) got the win in relief with David Bigelow picking up his second save.
In the second game, Gonzaga scored in the first inning with Breshears hitting a triple and scoring on a wild pitch. The Matadors (4-0) scored five runs, three earned, against starter Calvin LeBrun (0-1). Breshears and Caleb Wood each had two hits for GU.
• Missouri State (3-0) blanked Washington State 12-0 on the final day of the Stephen F. Austin Tiptop Ford Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas.
P.J. Jones and Ian Sagdal had the lone hits for the Cougars (1-2). Starter Joe Pistorese (0-1) lasted just 1 1/3 innings in taking the loss.
The Gonzaga women’s team placed sixth out of 12 teams at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford, California. Oregon won the team title at 8-over in the two-round tournament with Gonzaga finishing at 25 over, a stroke back of Cal.
Alice Kim was the Bulldogs’ top individual, finishing in a two-way for 11th at 3-over 145, eight strokes back of winner Paige Lee of UC Davis. GU’s Han Wu placed 13th at 146.
Track and field
Katie McKay set a Whitworth indoor record in the 800 meters, taking 12th at the UW Indoor Open in Seattle in 2:17.74 to break the record of 2:20.87 by Jessica Austin in 2011.
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