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Turner repeats as Northwest Conference’s top swimmer

Natalie Turner’s second swimming season at Whitworth University is pretty much a carbon copy of the first.

Turner, a 2006 South Tahoe High graduate, won the Northwest Conference Championship Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award for the second time earlier this month.

Unlike last year, though, Turner and her Whitworth teammates ended Puget Sound’s run of conference championships at 11.



Turner did her part, winning three individual events and was a member of a first-place relay team. The Whitworth sophomore won the 1,650 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle and swam a leg of the Pirates’ victorious and record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team. The team, which also included Brittany Gresset, Ashley Lecoq and Samantha Kephart, posted a record time of 3 minutes, 37.97 seconds. In winning the 1,650 freestyle by 13 seconds, Turner broke the meet record with her time of 17:28.98.

Turner’s older sister, Marjorie, was runner-up to Whitman’s Nancy Alexander in the 200 backstroke. Marjorie made a late charge at catching Alexander, finishing a mere .04 behind her.



The younger Turner has already qualified for three events for the NCAA Women’s Division III Championships March 13-15 in Canton, Ohio.

“For Marjorie, we’re waiting to hear on her 200 backstroke,” said Steve Flegel, Whitworth sports information director.

Last year, Natalie was fifth in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 1,650 freestyle. Both placings were good for All-American honors. Her team finished 14th overall.


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