Lutes swim past rivals on Senior Day

The men and women’s swim team at Pacific Lutheran University didn’t miss a stroke when they entered the pool against the University of Puget Sound Loggers on Feb. 1, for Senior Day.

The women’s team capped off another stellar season, as they went on to beat the Loggers with a remarkable 176-86 performance, going undefeated in the Northwest Conference.

The men’s team brought in an equally impressive win finishing with a score of 175-87, capping off their season at 5-2.

Overall, the Lutes won a combined 19 of 28 events, 10 by the men and nine by the women.

One of the most notable performances was by junior Shanell Sullenberger as she finished the day with individual wins in the 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and participated in a team win with senior Michelle Hogan and juniors Hanna Armstrong and Melissa Dean as they won first place in the 400 freestyle relay.

On the men’s side, junior Joseph Bowley held nothing back as he went 4-for-4 on the day, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley, and teamed up with senior Basil Whaley, first-year Paul Jett and junior Brian Ruggles to win the 200 medley.

On this special Senior Day, six men and six women were honored for their accomplishments and hard work, but it’s not over yet.
The Northwest Conference championships are just around the corner and Lutes are looking to make a name for themselves yet again.

If the women can match last season’s performance, they will be back-to-back conference champions, while the men’s team focuses on bringing in another top three finish within the last four years.

The championships will be held Feb. 13-15 in Corvallis, Ore.

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Senior Jake Dacus participating in the men’s 200 yard butterfly final. Dacus finished second in the race with a time of (2:03.34).

 

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