boxers impress at nwc meet, FGHS grad earns swimming honor, young viking gets PR at husky open

boxers impress at nwc meet

The Northwest Conference swimming powers have received notice. The Boxers are coming.

A handful of young Pacific swimmers - led by Amanda Clark, Katie Porter, Allison Clark and Michael Hargitt - have clearly already arrived. With additional reinforcements, this will be a team to be reckoned with in coming years.

The Boxers continued to rack up individual championships, meet records and team records on Sunday, the final day of the NWC Championships, and Pacific was recognized with two prestigious awards: Women's Swimmer of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Amanda Clark ripped through the water for a third individual title, winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:16.72, 18 seconds in front of second-place Abigail Pavelko of Whitworth. The final accolade came when Clark was named the NWC Women's Swimmer of the Year, but not until she helped the Boxers' 400 free relay team to a third-place finish and a new school record.

After the frustration of two DQ's in two days for their women's relays, the Boxers ended the meet on a positive note, as Clark, Porter, Kristine Valdez and Amber Chase touched the wall in 3:37.18, less than two seconds behind first-place Whitworth (3:35.20).

Sandwiched in between those two events were several more shining moments for the Boxers, who held firm in the team standings to take fourth place in the women's meet and fifth in the men's final standings.

And if fifth-year head coach Alec Webster wasn't proud enough already, he earned some hardware of his own, taking home NWC Coach of the Year honors for women's swimming.

FGHS grad earns swimming honor

Kenyon College junior and Forest Grove High School graduate Jon Rooker was selected as the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week for his performance in the Kenyon College Invitational.

Rooker, a backstroke specialist, helped guide the Kenyon College swim team to an easy win at the invitational. Kenyon scored a total of 943 points, easily outdistancing second-place Denison University, which totaled 428 points.

Throughout the meet, Rooker racked up two NCAA automatic qualifying times and one NCAA 'B' time. The automatic qualifying times came in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, events Rooker finished in 49.66 and 1:49.17, respectively. The NCAA 'B' time came as a member of the Lords' 200-yard medley relay team, which clocked in at 1:32.75.

young viking gets PR at husky open

Forest Grove sophomore Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski ran a lifetime best in the 800 meters on Sunday at the Husky Open in Seattle.

Competing indoors against both college and high school runners, Lizier-Zmudzinski won his heat with a time of 1:56.83, shaving more than three seconds off his best outdoors 800-meter time.

Competing in the Open division as an unattached runner, Lizier-Zmudzinski finished 22nd overall. Boris Barian of Adams State won the open division with a time of 1:51.58.

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