FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) After taking on Division I San Diego State and hosting a couple of scrimmages, the UAF Swimmers were ready for Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Action.
The Azusa Pacific Cougars came to town to face the Nanooks in a two-day meet at the Patty Center Pool.
UAF came away with several individual victories throughout the weekend, but ultimately dropped both meets.
On Friday, the Cougars outmatched the ‘Nooks 114-91, before taking day-two 110-94.
The shorthanded Nanooks have been coming up short on the scoreboard in part because they field fewer swimmers than most schools. Those empty lanes mean empty points.
"Typically on a conference roster, there is approximately 18 women. We are at 12 right now and so with our recruiting efforts next year we should be sitting at 18 women,” UAF head coach Becca Weiland said. “But for this year, with the 12 that we have, every single one of them has stepped up and done the job and gone above and beyond of what they're expected to do."
The Nanooks won five titles out of 11 events on Friday evening, including two relay victories.
Relay teams consisted of Oda Bygdnes, Sydney Gulon, Kaia Norbye and Kayla Suominen took the crown in both the 400-yard medley relay (4:02.14) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.09) on the night.
Three of those members claimed individual titles in the 100-yard backstroke (Bygdnes, 1:01.05), 100-yard breast stroke (Norbye, 1:06.23) and the 50-yard freestyle (Suominen, 24.34). Whitney McArthur placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.91.
The Nanooks also took five wins Saturday Morning, but it was not enough to match Azusa Pacific on the scoreboard.
The 200-yard medley team that won Friday proved victorious again on Saturday, clocking in at 1:50.22.
Rachel Beal snagged her first win of the weekend in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.23.
The Nanooks would go on to rattle off three straight wins in the 100-yard butterfly (Bygdnes, 58.59), 50-yard freestyle (Norbye, 24.41) and the 100-yard freestyle (Gulon, 55.81).
UAF falls to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in PCSC.
“I am super proud of all our ladies, especially the ones who were able to successfully go in-season best times, we recorded numerous of those over the course of this meet here.” Weiland said after Day 2 wrapped up.
The Nanooks will get nearly a month off, before hosting DI Seattle University on Nov. 15-16 at the Patty Center Pool.