Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fry sets new Linfield College swim record

At conference finals

     Saving her fastest swim for the season’s final race, Linfield College sophomore Elizabeth Fry of Bellevue, Idaho had a great result Sunday at Federal Way, Wash.

     Fry set a new record for the McMinnville, Ore. four-year college during the third and final day of the eight-team Northwest Conference Swimming Championships inside noisy King County Aquatic Center at Federal Way, Wash.

     A former Wood River High School and SV5B swim team star, Fry eclipsed the Linfield record in the most grueling of events, the 1,650-yard freestyle.

     She clocked 18:08.91 to slip past the one-year-old school record of her teammate Nikki Overton. Overton, a sophomore from Gresham, Ore. had set the standing 1,650 freestyle record of 18:11.26 at last season's conference championship meet.

     Fry placed fifth in Sunday's test of mental and physical endurance, scoring 14 team points for Linfield. Overton, who battled a respiratory infection throughout the meet, placed eighth in 18:26.72.

     At the same conference championship meet last weekend, Fry was 12th in the 400 individual medley in 4:49.93. She has been a Linfield star in the distance events and relays since her freshman year.

     Fry also won the consolation final of the women's 500 freestyle last weekend, trimming more than five seconds off her best time to finish in 5:16.43. Good for ninth place and nine team points, Fry topped her previous best mark of 5:21.78.

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