Records fall at NWC swim meet

Pacific enjoyed a record-setting performance at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, held last weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Boxers crowned three NWC champions at the meet and set seven school records to highlight an outstanding team effort.

Katie Porter led the way for the Boxers, winning her third consecutive NWC title in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.03 seconds, narrowly edging out Whitworth’s Alisa Stang (24.04).

Porter also added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (52.93), and she swam on two record-setting relays. The Boxers’ 400 free relay squad of Porter, Alex Bing, Amber Chase and Amanda Clark swam 3:35.64 to eclipse the record of 3:36.02, and Porter teamed with Bing, Clark and Kristine Valdez to swim 3:57.24 in the 400 medley relay, smashing the old record of 4:04.86.

Clark had an equally outstanding weekend for the Boxers, winning an NWC title in the 1,650 free (17:23.15), and also adding a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:53.69) and tying for third place in the 500 free (5:05.75).

Bing added a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.52.

Michael Hargitt had the only NWC championship for the Pacific men, swimming to victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.82). He also finished third in the 400 individual medley (4:08.14).

Forest Grove High School graduate Charles Morse didn’t win any hardware at the meet, but he did set two Pacific records. His time of 16:41.09 in the 1,650 free bested the mark of 16:52.16 set back in 2004, and he swam 4:50.50 in the 500 free to break his own school record of 4:55.76.

Boxers’ indoor track team shines

Six school records highlighted another solid day for Pacific track in its second indoor season as the Boxers competed in the Husky Indoor Open at the Dempsey Indoor Center in Seattle.

Michael Zane led the way with a pair of records in the men’s sprint events. The junior won the seventh flight of the 60 meters, with his time of 6.97 seconds bettering the record of 7.33 seconds set earlier this year by Kris Sapp. Zane bettered his own record in the 200 meters, winning the third flight in 22.49 seconds.

Tyler Shipley placed fourth in the first section of the men’s 5,000 meters. His time of 15:03.59 bettered his own record from earlier this year by nine seconds.

Mackenzie Huddleston won the first flight of the women’s high jump, breaking her own school record with a mark of 5 feet, 1¾ inches. Elaina Gillespie broke her own school record in the women’s 800 meters, placing fifth in the race’s third section with a time of 2:29.09.

Pacific will close the indoor portion of its schedule on Saturday, competing in the Pilot Indoor meet at the Chiles Center.

Former Viking competes in 50K

Ian Dehner, a 2013 Forest Grove High School graduate, recently participated in the Hagg Lake 50K Trail Run, finishing 30th overall and first in his age group.

Dehner, 19, completed the course in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 36 seconds to finish 30th out of 210 competitors. The only other runner in the men’s 19-and-under age group, Wes Noble, of McMinnville, finished one spot behind in 4:54:06.

Neil Olsen, 46, of Central Point, was the overall 50K race winner in 4:04:58. Joelle Vaught, 39 and of Boise, was the top women’s finisher with a time of 4:27:15.

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