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NAIA: Kolbe Leads Seattle to Victory at Claremont Invitational -- December 13, 2000

By Jason Lichtenberger

CLAREMONT, Calif, Dec. 12. ELLIOTT Kolbe (Jr., Gardenerville, Nev./Douglas HS)finished first in all seven events he swam to lead the Seattle University
men's swim team to a dominating victory at the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Winter Invitational over the weekend in Claremont, Calif.

Seattle finished with a total of 833 points. Second place University of Redlands was far off pace with 465.5 points.

Seattle's women also cruised to victory with 583 points as SU swept the meet. The women were also well ahead of their closest competitor, host school Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which finished with 410.5 points.

Kolbe captured titles in four individual events and helped three SU relays to first place finishes, the maximum amount of events a swimmer is allotted in an invitational. He was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.71. The only swimmer under two minutes, he won the event by over five seconds. He also won the 100 breaststroke (59.27), the 100 freestyle (47.91) and the 200 breast (2:11.95).

Kolbe also helped the 200 free relay (1:28.33), the
400 medley relay (3:38.21) and the 400 free relay (3:14.62) teams to victory.

Zach Mueller (Fr., Laramie, Wyo./Laramie HS) won two events for the Redhawk men. He took first in the 500 free (4:56.89) and the 1650 free (17:17.21) to help in the rout. Mike Selter (Sr., San Jose, Cal./Bellarmine Prep), who finished second behind Mueller in the 500 free, captured the title in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:23.86. Chris Garcia (Jr., Chehalis/WF
West HS) picked up a first place finish in the 50 free, finishing in 22.10.

Megan Ackerman (So., Shoreline/Shoreline HS), Gretchen Denzer (Fr.,University Place/Curtis HS) and Emily Woodworth (Fr., Kent/Kent-Meridian HS)each picked up a first place finish to lead the women. Ackerman was
victorious in the 1650 free, finishing 31 seconds in front of her closest competitor with a time 18:04.70. Denzer captured the 100 free title by posting a time of 55.48, and Woodworth swam the 200 back in 2:13.03.