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Giovanni White led the way for fellow All-City selection Tristian Kwon. Photo by Rocky Ross

OOPS! WE FORGOT LINCOLN’S GIOVONNI WHITE 

If you’re going to check off a name on a football draft list, you need to make sure that the next step is typing that name onto the 2017 Tacoma Weekly All-City Football Team. How could we forget the top offensive lineman in the city of Tacoma? Well, he was the first lineman selected for our team, but we then goofed and failed to transfer his name to the actual listing in the article. We apologize to Lincoln junior Giovonni White for not including him in the All-City print edition. This is the second year that he has been selected, and we expect he’ll be making it a trifecta next season.

FIRST DEDICATED SPORTS INTEGRITY HOTLINE ESTABLISHED IN U.S. AND CANADA

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) – an international non-profit organization working in the field of sport safety, security and integrity – has announced the establishment of a confidential Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, fans and those involved in the sports industry report misconduct and sport integrity issues in the United States and Canada.

In line with its overall mission to help safeguard sport, the ICSS and its SIU has set up a specialized and multi-lingual Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, coaches, administrators and members of the public report anonymously and in confidence any allegation of misconduct or integrity issue that has taken place within sport.

Managed by a specialist ethics and case-management third-party provider, WhistleBlower Security, the Sport Integrity Hotline will be available to receive confidential reports 24 hours a day / 365 days a week via phone, e-mail or online.

Reports and allegations made to the hotline will be managed through a secure and encrypted case management system to protect the identity of the reporter. Once a report is submitted, an alert will immediately be sent to an experienced sport integrity expert at the SIU, who will analyze the case and review any evidence submitted. Details of the case will then be shared with appropriate authorities or relevant bodies – including law enforcement agencies.

To report an allegation of misconduct or an integrity issue in sport, the Sport Integrity Hotline can be contacted in the U.S. and Canada via:

Phone: +1-866-921-6714

E-mail: sportintegrityhotline@integritycounts.ca

Website:  integritycounts.ca/sportintegrityhotline

“At a time where many current and former athletes in the United States and Canada are bravely speaking out about the years of victimization and abuse they have suffered, it is important that we continue to encourage more people to come forward and to provide them with the right resources and professional tools to help confidentially report and uncover instances of corruption, discrimination and other integrity issues that affect sport today,” said ICSS Group CEO Michael Hershman.

“As a landmark step forward in this area, the ICSS is proud to announce the establishment of a new Sport Integrity Hotline in the United States and Canada today, which aims to provide a truly independent and confidential whistle-blower platform for athletes, coaches, sports organizations and members of the public across North America and supports the ongoing work of our dedicated Special Investigations Unit and experienced sport integrity experts at the ICSS.”

“WhistleBlower Security is excited to partner with the ICSS to provide the support and tools to introduce the Sport Integrity Hotline,” said WhistleBlower Security President Shannon Walker. “Which is aimed at providing a dedicated whistleblowing platform to help protect the integrity of sport globally and encourage more athletes and members of the public to come forward and report integrity issues in sport. Indeed, sport is a growing area of interest for many in the ethics and compliance sector and at Whistleblower Security, we appreciate the opportunity to align ourselves with committed and leading international organizations, like the ICSS, who are dedicated to ensuring integrity and ethics for their workplaces and within their industry.”

Led by a team of international law-enforcement, anti-corruption experts and sport-integrity investigators with more than 60 years’ combined experience, the SIU offers confidential investigation services, specialized training and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, law enforcement, athletes and organizations across the sports industry.

For more information about the Sport Integrity Hotline and the ICSS Special Investigations Unit, please visit www.theicss.org or contact info@theicss.org.

PLU WOMEN’S SWIMMING WINS LOGGER INVITATIONAL

Three event winners and six runner-up finishes allowed the Pacific Lutheran University women’s swimming squad to hoist the team title on Sunday afternoon, winning the Logger Invitational to close out the calendar year.

“We were really excited about the weekend, performing better than we normally do this time of year,” said PLU head coach Matt Sellman. “We’ve been battling some illness and injury so some people couldn’t perform at their peak level because of something holding them back, but the women were able to pull out the victory at the meet, which was a little bit of a surprise. I really didn’t expect us to win but we swam well and had great finals on both nights and swam really tough all weekend.”

Two of the three Lute victories at the three-day meet came on Sunday with Aspen Monkhouse winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.55 seconds while Kaycee Simpson blew away the field in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 2:06.89 and owning an almost seven- second buffer on the rest of the competition. Simpson also won the 200-yard breaststroke in a school record and NCAA B-cut time of 2:21.68 while also collecting a pair of runner-up finishes, placing second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.09) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:36.40).

Taylor Bingea logged a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 5:14.56 while finishing third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:17.70) and fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:16.98).

Victoria Nguyenle placed runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke, stopping the clock in 1:06.52, while adding a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.08). Sydney Bishoff was fourth in both the 100-yard butterfly (59.58) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.96) while Kiyomi Kishaba was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (59.96). Kylie Webb and Lauren Kearney both snagged a fifth-place finish with Webb doing so in the 400 IM (4:52.38) while Kearney netted her top five finish in the 50 free (24.84).

The Lutes finished second in both the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.18) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:39.58) while touching the wall in third in the 400-yard medley relay (4:01.82).

PLU racked up 730 points in the team standings to win the eight-team event, owning a slim 15-point buffer on runner-up and host University of Puget Sound. Defending Northwest Conference Champion Whitman College was third with 699 points while Whitworth University was a distant fourth with 461 points.

“We’re really excited and looking forward to the day off tomorrow and a little recovery before getting back to the grind as we head into winter training and the final push towards the conference championships,” said Sellman.

The Lutes resuming training for the rest of the month and return to competitive action on Friday, Jan. 5, hosting Division I Seattle University in a dual meet inside the PLU Pool.

PLU MEN SWIM TO RUNNER-UP FINISH AT UPS INVITATIONAL

The Pacific Lutheran University men’s swimming team showed no signs of rust after a 19-day layoff, returning to the pool by placing second overall at the Logger Invitational on Sunday.

Dennis Liu collected one of the Lutes’ three runner-up finishes over the three-day meet, placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke after touching the wall in two minutes, 9.13 seconds. Liu additionally tallied a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.40) while netting fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.94), finishing a split second behind teammate Seth Koivisto (2:01.78).

Paul Jett finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (52.39) with Bryson Baligad one spot back in fourth (52.43). Baligad also logged a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (22.10) and the 100-yard backstroke (53.64).

Placing third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.81 and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle was Elijah Singstad while James Buchanon finished fourth in both the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.08) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.99). James Bradley was fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:05.31) while Phillip Hecksel was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.81).

The Lutes placed well in several relays with the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.64) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:31.79) both placing runner-up while the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:26.02) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.64) both finished third overall.

PLU accumulated 684 points in the team standings to finish second overall at the eight-team meet. Northwest Conference rival Whitworth University secured the title with 839 points while Whitman College was third with a team tally of 575.

The Lutes return to training for the rest of the month and return to competitive action on Friday, Jan. 5 with a dual meet against Division I Seattle University.

UPS’ PREWITT DROPS 27 IN LOSS TO NATIONALLY RANKED WHITMAN

Elizabeth Prewitt led all players in scoring with 27 points, but the Puget Sound women’s basketball team lost to No. 8/9 Whitman, 80-69, in Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday, Dec. 1

Prewitt took over the Puget Sound (4-2, 1-1 NWC) offense in the third quarter, netting 14 points by shooting 5-for-7 from the floor in the 10-minute period. Whitman (6-1, 2-0 NWC) held a 37-31 lead at halftime. Prewitt provided the first second-half points for the Loggers with a pair of free-throws. One minute later, she made a layup that cut the deficit to 39-35.

In the middle of the third quarter, Prewitt scored four points in a 40-second span, as the Loggers kept within striking distance, 43-39, with 6:05 left to play in the third. Following a defensive stop by the Loggers, Prewitt hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it a one-point game, 43-42.

The Loggers got one more defensive stop, and Jamie Lange hit a layup to give Puget Sound a 44-43 edge. However, Whitman quickly regained the lead and did not relinquish it for the rest of the game.

Lange scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Mara Henderson and Claire Fitzgerald finished with nine points, apiece. The teams were nearly even in shooting. The Loggers shot 51 percent from the floor, while Whitman shot 49.3 percent.

The Loggers play locally again on Saturday, Dec. 16, against Benedictine in the PLU Tournament at 2 p.m. The following day, UPS faces Aurora at 2 p.m.

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