Whitman School Records Fall
at NAIA National Swim Meet

Women Place 10th, Men Finish 13th

NAIA Swimming Championships
Saturday, March 9
San Antonio, Texas

The Whitman College swim teams broke four school records on Saturday, March 9, as the NAIA National Championships concluded in San Antonio, Texas. The men's team, which shattered a total of 10 schools during the three-day meet, finished in 13th place, its highest finish at nationals in school history. The women's team set four new records in all and placed 10th, matching its best-ever finish from a year ago.

In the men's 400-yard freestyle relay on Saturday, Whitman broke the school record in the morning preliminaries as well as in the finals, placing 11th in 3:14.17. Swimming the first leg, senior Nathan Engman set a new school for the 100-yard freestyle distance with a scorching 47.45. Had Engman registered that time in the 100-yard freestyle finals, he would have placed second. Others in the relay for Whitman were Scott Daukas, Mike Horn and Jason Ridle.

Whitman's Abby Hulme placed 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:30.71, a new school record. In the 1,650-yard freestyle events, Whitman's Kim Adler placed 11th in 18:36.07 in the women's race, while freshman Garrett Hageman placed 14th in the men's race in 17:01.50. During the swim, Hageman set a new school record, 10:11.47, for the 1,000-yard distance.

In Saturday's best finish for Whitman, the women's 400-yard freestyle relay team placed 10th in 3:47.54. Adler, Joan Ogle, Brynne Hamilton and Castle Funatake all swam career-best times in the relay.

NAIA Swimming Championships
Friday, March 8
San Antonio, Texas

For the second consecutive year, Whitman's Nathan Engman placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the NAIA National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Swimming Friday, March, 8, Engman broke his own school record with a time of 1:43.49 and earned first-team All-American honors. "It was a very close race," Whitman swim coach Lee Coleman said. "One of Nathan's good friends from Pacific Lutheran just barely touched him out for third place."

For the first time in her collegiate career, Whitman sophomore Kim Adler earned individual All-American first-team honors on Friday, placing eighth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:49.99. "Kim has definitely turned it up a notch from where she was at nationals last year," Coleman said.

Engman and Adler also played key roles on the 800-yard freestyle teams, each of which placed eighth and earned first-team All-American honors. Jason Ridle, Scott Daukas and Garrett Hagerman teamed with Engman, who swam a 1:44 split, to set a new school record (7:09.63). The women's relay team -- Adler, Joan Ogle, Brynne Hamilton, Castle Funatake -- was timed in 8:15.59.

"We're just ecstatic over the 800 relay teams," Coleman said. "The kids were going as hard as they could."

In other results from Friday's finals, Abby Hulme placed 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.87, Alex Susbauer was 12th in the 400 IM in 4:28.86, and Daukas was 14th in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.94.

In the 200-yard medley relays on Friday, the Whitman women (Cindy Allen, Ogle, Hulme, Adler) placed 12th in 1:58.77, while the men's team (Daukas, Ridle, Susbauer, Engman) placed 14th in 1:41.23. Individuals or relay teams placing from ninth through 16th earn honorable mention All-American recognition.

In Friday's preliminaries, Daukas dropped to 16th in the 100-yard butterfly. He placed seventh in the event at nationals last year, but has been hampered this week by a head cold. Allen, slowed by bursitis in shoulder, placed 18th in the 400 IM and 19th in the 100-yard backstroke.

In other results from Friday's preliminaries, Ridle placed 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke, Hamilton was 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke, Ogle was 27th in the 100-yard butterfly, and Funatake was 30th and Jane LeBlond 32nd in the 100-yard breaststroke.

NAIA Swimming Championships
Thursday, March 7
San Antonio, Texas

It was a good opening day (Thursday, March 7) for Whitman at the NAIA national swim championships in San Antonio, Texas. Competing in four relays and two individual events, Whitman swimmers in all cases survived the daytime preliminaries and advanced to the evening finals. Competitors in the finals of all events earn All-American honors (first-team recognition for the top eight, honorable mention for the second eight).

Two Whitman relay teams broke school records, and the women's 400-yard medley team earned first-team All-American honors by placing eighth in a time of 4:15.61. In the preliminaries, the group set a school record in 4:14.04. The new record-holders are Brynne Hamilton (backstroke), Abby Hulme (breaststroke), Joan Ogle (butterfly), and Kim Adler (freestyle).

The men's 200-yard freestyle team also set a new school record, placing 11th in 1:28.02. Swimmers in the freestyle were Nathan Engman, Mike Horn, Garrett Hageman and Jason Ridle.

In the women's 200 freestyle, Whitman's Ogle, Adler, Hamilton and Castle Funatake placed 10th in 1:45.51. In the men's 400 medley, Scott Daukas (backstroke), Jason Ridle (breaststroke), Alex Susbauer (butterfly), and Nathan Engman (freestyle) gave Whitman a 12-place showing in 3:38.44.

Adler registered Whitman's best individual performance of the day, placing 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 5:21.27. She placed 16th in the same event a year ago. "It was a great swim for Kim," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "It was a six-second drop over anything she's ever done before. Then she came back and really anchored both of the relay teams. Kim is doing just what she did last year. She swam her best times early in the season, slowed down in the middle and then came back strong at nationals."

Slowed by the onset of a head cold, Daukas slipped to 13th in 200-yard individual medley. Engman was 15th in the same event.

The Whitman women's team ended the first day in 10th place, which is where they placed last year's at nationals in their best finish ever. The men's team was in 13th place, two notches higher than its finish last year. A total of 24 teams are competing in both the men's and women's divisions.

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