HILL, RELAY HIT NAIA MARKS VS. SOKA
Lucas Hill and the women's 400-freestyle relay hit NAIA qualifying marks as The College of Idaho swim team closed out the regular-season with a dual against Soka University inside the J.A. Albertson Aquatics Center.
The Lions easily won the men's dual, 143-66, but had to win the final four events to claim the women's title, 100-82.
Hill picked up a pair of wins for the Coyotes - meeting the NAIA "B" mark in his victory in the 400-IM (4:29.00). He also grabbed a win in the 200-backstroke (2:03.70). Matt Malek also won a pair of races for the Yotes, sweeping the 100 (1:09.56) and 200-breast (2:35.54).
The Lady Yotes led 76-62 after 10 events - thanks to five individual wins. Chrissie Younggren won the 200-free (2:08.01) and 200-breast (2:42.12), Lacey Kniep won the 50-free (27.66) and 100-free (1:01.69), and Selena Warburton in the 100-breast (1:13.65) - narrowly missing the NAIA "B" cut. Soka won the 500-free, 100-fly, and 400-IM unopposed to take an 89-76 lead, then won the clinching 400-free relay. In that race, the Lady Yotes hit the NAIA "A" standard with their time of 4:09.95.
The C of I has three weeks to prepare for the NAIA National Championships, March 1-3, in Oklahoma City, Okla.