Another championship season

Swimming and basketball send men and women to NCAA Division III postseason contests

As the weather turned cold outside, Logger athletes were hot inside Memorial Fieldhouse and Wallace Pool, winning championships and chasing national titles.

The women’s swim team made it a decade of dominance in the Northwest Conference, winning their 10th consecutive conference title during the NWC Championships, Feb. 10-12 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Sophomore Amy Polansky won individual titles in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle. Freshman Jane Kestner made the most out of her first trip to the championships, winning titles in the 200 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle. As Arches went to press, both students were preparing for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis.

The men’s swim team had a good season as well, finishing second to Whitworth College at the Northwest Conference Championship meet. Freshman Paul Hughes won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke and also was invited to the Swimming and Diving Championships.

Both Logger basketball teams qualified for postseason play. The women’s basketball team finished second in the Northwest Conference and were able to pick up an at-large bid to join cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran in the 2006 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament. The Puget Sound women won their first-round matchup over Cal Lutheran, but their season drew to a close in the second round against the host Lutes. Senior Sarah Carnahan earned First Team All-NWC honors after averaging 11.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Loggers’ other senior, Kilty Keaton, earned Second Team All-NWC honors after climbing to fifth place on the Loggers’ career scoring list with 1,395 career points.

The men’s basketball team continued to dominate the Northwest Conference by winning its third consecutive conference title. As Arches went to press, the Loggers were getting ready to travel to Wisconsin and Lawrence University for their third straight NCAA Sectionals appearance. Puget Sound won the right to advance to the round of 16 after earning a first-round bye and beating Occidental College in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Head coach Eric Bridgeland was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches, who also chose seniors Chase Curtiss and Zack McVey for the First Team All-NWC. Freshman Antwan Williams earned Honorable Mention All-NWC honors after putting together a great freshman campaign.

— Chris Thompson

For the latest sports updates, check