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boxers travel for ncaa swim meet

Amanda Clark and Katie Porter will make history this week as the first Pacific swimmers to compete for the school in a national championship event.

The Boxers' freshman duo, along with head coach Alec Webster, flew to Indianapolis on Monday in preparation for the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin today.

Clark, the Northwest Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year, will be in the pool bright and early to prepare for the 500-yard freestyle, the first event on the schedule. The Pacific record-holder, Clark won the NWC title with a time of 5:03.22 on Feb. 10.

Porter made the provisional cut in the 50 freestyle with a conference and school-record time of 23.58 in the NWC Championship preliminaries, on the way to a championship-winning time of 23.73, an NWC finals record. Porter's time was good enough for the No. 8 seed at the NCAA Championships.

Both Clark and Porter will compete in three events this week, one each as a qualified swimmer and two each as invited swimmers. On Thursday, Clark will participate in the 200 free and Porter will swim in the 100 butterfly. Clark was the NWC champion in the 200 free, finishing in 1:53.76. Porter was the NWC runner-up in the 200 free (1:54.85) and set a non-qualifying 'B' cut time. Porter's best time in the 100 butterfly came at the Northwest Invitational Meet in her hometown of McMinnville, when she swam to a fourth-place finish in 1:02.53.

boxers move into second place

Sunday's highly anticipated Northwest Conference men's tennis match between Pacific and George Fox turned out to be every bit as competitive as expected. In the end, it came down to the final singles match to break a 4-4 draw, as Eric Furuya defeated Andy Tweet 6-2, 6-4 to give the Boxers a 5-4 victory over the Bruins.

With the win, Pacific assumed sole possession of second place in the NWC with a 7-1 record, one game behind first-place Whitman. George Fox slipped to 5-2 in conference, tied for third place with Whitworth.

The Boxers will be in Orlando for matches this week. First up will be Colby College on Thursday, followed by Grinnell on Friday and Northwestern Ohio on Saturday morning.

march madness pool leaders

The response to our first ever March Madness Pool wasn't exactly overwhelming, but we did receive brackets from a few die-hard basketball fans in western Washington County, and the competition is fierce at the top of the leaderboard.

After the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Dylan Haugen of Forest Grove has climbed to the top of the standings, correctly picking 24 of the 32 first-round games and 11 of the 16 second-round games for 81 total points. He is closely followed by Geoff Faris of Forest Grove, who scored 78 points, and Chet Mannen of Cornelius, who scored 76 points.

Check the News-Times for an update after this weekend's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games.