FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Puget Sound swimming teams claimed four more Northwest Conference titles on the final day of the NWC Championships. Derek Frenzel's 200 fly not only won his second title of the meet, but garnered an automatic qualifying time into the NCAA Championships in March.
The women's team made a roaring final day comeback to jump from fourth to second in the team standings. The Loggers leapfrogged Pacific Lutheran earlier in the day and were able to just edge out Whitman by four points to finish second in the conference. Whitworth reclaimed the team title.
The men's team stayed in fourth with 454 points. Whitworth claimed the team title for the 11th straight year, followed by Whitman and Pacific Lutheran in front of the Loggers.
Frenzel headlined four Loggers in the 200 fly. His time of 1:49.49 in the prelims earned him the automatic qualification and broke both the Logger and NWC records. He swam a 1:49.95 in the finals to claim his second title in the meet and third career title in the event. Jere Jeremikj also took third in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 1:53.84, while Jared Fisk finished sixth and Zach Walker took seventh.
Tracy Wormwood made it a clean career sweep in the 200 breast with her fourth consecutive title in the event. She swam a 2:19.42 in the championship final to earn a provisional qualifying time and grab the title. Jessica Jaynes joined Wormwood on the podium in third place with a provisional qualifying time.
Teale Kitson took another title in the 200 back and earned his provisional qualifying time in the event with a 1:52.33. Kitson was the two-time champion of the 100 back entering the meet, but claimed his first title in the 200 back.
Melissa Norrish was the Loggers' third NWC champion of the day with a 2:09.40 in the 200 fly. She came into the championship final seeded third and came from behind in the final laps to take the crown. Auri Clark also finished sixth for the Loggers.
Sam Anders was another top finisher for the Loggers in fifth place of the 200 back with a 2:10.40, and Ava Williams' 54.50 took eighth in the 100 free.
The men's 400 free relay wrapped up the meet with a second place finish to stay in 400 free relay with a time of 3:07.91.
Frenzel will represent the Loggers at the NCAA Championships Mar. 20-23. Several other Loggers will find out closer to the event if they have earned an invitation to the championship meet.