UAF Swimming

UAF's Kaia Norbye swims the butterfly leg of the 200-Yard Medley Relay during the Nanooks Women's Swimming dual meet against San Diego State University Monday afternoon, September 30, 2019 at the Patty Center Pool.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks swim team earned six first place finishes in its 106-99 loss to Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at Plu Pool in Tacoma, Washington.

The loss came a day after the team returned from a nine-day training trip in Hawaii.

“Our ladies swam well, considering they just finished off their nine-day training trip,” UAF head coach Becca Weiland said in a Sunday news release. 

“We did a great job focusing on small details, hitting our starts and turns, and finishing off our races.”

The Nanooks opened the meet, winning the 200-yard medley relay. Erika Kakazu, Kaia Norbye, Oda Bygdnes and Makayla Suominen combined for a time of one minute, 48.38 seconds, winning the event by over three seconds.

Suominen, Bygdnes and Norbye also earned solo victories. 

Suominen finished the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.26, nearly two seconds faster than second place. Bygdnes swam the 100-yard butterfly in 57.75 and was the only swimmer to break one minute. Norbye took first place with 1:06.81 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 

Tori Shoemaker and Camille took first and second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Shoemaker logged a time of 11:15.09 and Dayton finished with a 11:16.91.

Whitney McArthur, Suominen, Bygdnes and Norbye finished the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Nanooks next travel to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby British Columbia for a two-day dual meet on Jan. 17 and 18.

Rifle defeats Ohio St.

The Nanooks finished their two-day trip to Columbus, Ohio, with a 4,665-4,619 win over the Buckeyes on Sunday at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.

Alaska’s Haley Castillo earned first place overall with a combined score of 1,173. Castillo shot a meet-high 595 in air rifle and finished second place in smallbore with a 578.

Kellen McAferty (1,167) and Jessica Boyce (1,164) rounded out the top three for UAF and the top three overall.

McAferty also won the smallbore competition with a score of 586.

The win over the Buckeyes followed UAF’s third place finish in a three-way meet with Kentucky and Ole Miss on Saturday.

Kentucky placed first with 4,699 points, followed by Ole Miss with 4,673 and UAF with 4,655.

Castillo (1,171) and Boyce (1,163) were the only Nanooks to break the top 10 in the overall standings.

The Nanooks next compete Sunday at the Palmyre Invitational in Annville, Pennsylvania.

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