Whitman College Swimming

1996-97 Season Highlights

Friday, November 1
Linfield women 112, Whitman women 93
Linfield men 164, Whitman men 31

"We are very pleased with our times in this first meet," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "The women's meet was very close. Our women will be competitive with all the conference teams.

The Whitman men's team, which is missing a few athletes due to injury and foreign study, is down to only six competitors for the time being. "We are looking for individual times from our men, and we got some fast ones in this meet," Coleman said.

Women's Highlights

Led by junior Kim Adler and freshman Carol Brooks, the Whitman women's team won a total of six individual events while hitting four NAIA national qualifying times.

In her first collegiate meet, Brooks won two events. She qualified for nationals in the 100-yard butterfly, winning the event in 1:03.24. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.32.

Adler qualified for nationals in two events, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:26.14 and placing second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.43.

Also winning events for Whitman were Shauna Coleman in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:16.28), Castle Funatake in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.38); and Jennifer Weiss in the 100-yard freestyle (58.08). Weiss also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle.

Both of Whitman's relay teams hit national qualifying times. Adler, Brooks, Coleman and Funtake swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.34, placing second. Sophomore Cindy Allen teamed with three freshmen -- Katie Berger, Laura Saunders and Sarah Cochran -- were timed in 2:05.70 in the 200-yard medley.

Men's Highlights

Alex Susbauer, a Whitman senior co-captain, placed second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Garrett Hageman finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle, while sophomore co-captain Mike Horn placed third in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.

Saturday, November 9
Whitworth women 111, Whitman women 89
Whitworth men 154, Whitman men 40

"We had a hard week of practice and of academic stress, and we were amazingly fast for what we've been through," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "Whitman swimmers have a lot of heart and some great talent."

Women's Highlights

With Kim Adler and Carol Brooks leading the way, the Whitman women registered another strong team effort against visiting Whitworth. Adler won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:01.56 and placed second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.19, a national qualifying time. Brooks also hit a national qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly, winning the event in 1:03.79, and she placed second in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.52.

Adler and Brooks teamed with Shauna Coleman and Jennifer Weiss to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:46.66, another national qualifying time.

"Our women continue to look strong as a team," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "Kim Adler is swimming very fast and Carol Brooks is unbeaten in the 100-yard butterfly. Shauna Coleman, Jenn Weiss, Castle Funatake and Laura Saunders turned in outstanding times, and Sarah Cochran in freestyle and Katie Berger in breaststroke are getting faster progressively."

Coleman, Weiss and Funatake each placed second and third in individual events. Saunders also had a second-place finish.

Men's Highlights

Garrett Hageman won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.85 and teamed with Mike Horn, Alex Susbauer and Dave Poore to place second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.52. Horn placed second and third in two individual events.

"Garrett Hageman, Mike Horn and Alex Susbauer continue to lead the men's team of six swimmeres, although Brian Wright in the breaststroke, Dave Poore in the 200-yard freestyle and Piers Barry in the sprint freestyle are improving rapidly," Coleman said.




Saturday, November 16
UPS women 135, Whitman women 68
UPS men 145, Whitman men 39

The University of Puget Sound, the defending NAIA national champion in both the men's and women's divisions, brought plenty of firepower to Saturday's dual meet at the Sherwood Center pool.

"They are very strong teams, and we feel that we competed with them very well in this dual meet," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "First and second places were outstanding swims. This Whitman team is a very tough team that continues to improve. We swam very well today after a very hard week of training."

Women's Highlights

Kim Adler paced the Whitman women by winning two events in national qualifying times. She won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:33.26 and raced to victory in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:18.49.

Adler, a junior, also teamed with senior Castle Funatake and freshmen Sarah Cochran and Carol Brooks to win the 400-yard freestyle in 3:51.42, which also met the national qualifying standard. "This was the first time the Whitman women have ever taken a relay from UPS, and they won it decisively."

Shauna Coleman hit national times in two individual events, winning the 400-yard individual medley in 4:55.50 and placing second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:44.36. Whitman also got second-place efforts from Coleman in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:39.78) and Cochran in the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.82).

Funatake and Brooks teamed with Cindy Allen and Jennifer Weiss to record a national qualifying time (4:27.14) in the 400-yard medley relay.

Men's Highlights

Alex Susbauer turned in a strong effort in his best event, winning the 200-yard butterfly by half a pool length in a time of 2:07.03. Four of his teammates placed second in individual events -- Mike Horn in the 50-yard freestyle (23.40), Garrett Hageman in the 100-yard freestyle (52:00), Brian Wright in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.19), and Dave Poore in the 200-yard backstroke (2:14.37).

Horn, Hageman and Susbauer joined forces with Piers Barry to place second in the 400-yard freestyle in a time of 3:31.82. "Our men continue to turn in good times, but we are limited by numbers," Colemand said.


Friday, November 22
Central Washington women 113, Whitman women 78
Central Washington men 113 1/2, Whitman men 65 1/2

Women's Highlights

Kim Adler continued her torrid fall campaign, winning a pair of events in national qualifying times. The season is still in its early stages, but Adler has already qualified in six individual events. "We've never had a woman qualify in that many events this early in the season," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said.

Adler won the the 400-yard individual medley in 4:49.03 and the 100-yard backstoke in 1:04.83. Her times in both events came within a few seconds of breaking the Whitman school records. "Kim is just tearing up the pool right now," Coleman said. "There aren't too many people who are going to beat her."

Adler teamed with Shauna Coleman, Carol Brooks and Jennifer Weiss to record a strong early-season time in the 200-yard medley relay. They placed second in 1:58.74, a national qualifying time that missed breaking the school record by little more than second.

Whitman won the other women's relay (200-yard freestyle) in 1:52.08, which also met the national qualifying standard. Swimming this relay were Castle Funatake, Cindy Allen, Katie Berger and Christina Clymer.

Shauna Coleman was victorious in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 11:07.80, outswimming her nearest competitor by nearly 12 seconds.

Brooks, a freshman, placed second in two individual events, although she should have been credited with a victory in the 50-yard freestyle. Defective timing equipment relegated her to second place in that race in a time of 25.98. Lee Coleman said it was clear to poolside observers that "Carol clearly touched out the other swimmer." Coleman, noting there was no point in contesting the glitch, was confident that Brooks would swim the event in a faster time in the weeks head.

Brooks hit a national qualifying time (1:02.74) in placing second in the 100-yard butterfly. "We've got five or six women right now who can swim with anyone," Coleman added. "This is the best women's team we've had in years."

Men's Highlights

Whitman's Garrett Hageman was a big winner in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:08.72. "It was a beautiful swim," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "He got out in front early and just cruised."

Hageman also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle, and he combined with Mike Horn, David Poore and Piers Barry to hit a national qualifying time (1:34.19) in the 200-yard freestyle.

With Horn leading the way, the Whitman men won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:48.99. Poore, Alex Susbauer and Brian Wright shared in that victory.

Poore, a freshman, recorded Whitman's only other individual victory, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.83. Both Horn and Susbauer had second-place finishes for Whitman in individual events.


Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7
Pacific Lutheran University Invitational

The University of Puget Sound (UPS), the men's and women's defending NAIA national champion, was the big winner in the 14th annual Pacific Lutheran University Invitational. UPS won the men's invitational with 706.5 points, while the UPS women piled up 570.5 points to win their competition. A total of seven schools competed in both divisions, with the Whitman men placing fifth with 120 points and the Whitman women taking sixth with 160.5 points. Teams earned points for every athletes who placed in the top 12 in each event.

Women's Highlights

Whitman's Kim Adler hit national qualifying times in three individual events. She placed third in the 400-yard individual medley (4:53.53), seventh in the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.52, a season-best) and 10th in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.80).

Shauna Coleman recorded national times in two events, placing sixth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:57.35) and seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:59.26). She also scored points in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 11th (5:30.96).

Freshman Carol Brooks cracked the top 10 in three events, placing seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in a national qualifying time of 1:04.10. She also placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle (26.43) and tenth in the 100-yard freestyle (57.79).

Jennifer Weiss, another freshman, placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.25). Castle Funatake added to Whitman's point total with an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.25).

The Whitman women also did well in the five relays, recording national qualifying times in all five. The foursome of Adler, Coleman, Brooks and Castle Funatake swam a season-best 4:21.24 in the 400-yard medley, placing sixth. Whitman also got a season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, with Brooks, Weiss, Funatake and Adler placing sixth in 1:46.36. The same foursome also placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle in 3:52.10.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Weiss, Adler, Coleman and Brooks placed fifth in a time of 2:00.41. Adler, Coleman, Funatake and Sarah Cochran placed fourth in the 800-yard freestyle in 8:25.24.

Men's Highlights

Senior Alex Susbauer turned in a pair of top 10 efforts, placing fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.52 and seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:42.02.

Garrett Hageman placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:09.97. Freshman Brian Wright finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.57.

In the men's five relays, Whitman placed fifth four times and sixth once. Hagerman and Susbauer teamed with Mike Horn and Dave Poore to finish fifth in the 200-yard, 400-yard and 800-yard freestyles. Susbauer, Horn, Wright and Dave Poore combined forces in the 200-yard and 400-yard medleys.


Friday, Jan. 10
Whitman men 86, Lewis & Clark College 55
Whitman women 117, Lewis & Clark College 70

The Whitman swim teams made a successful return from a long holiday break with dual meet victories over Lewis & Clark College in the Sherwood Center pool. The Missionary men outpointed Lewis & Clark 85-55, while the Whitman women were 117-70 victors.

Men's Highlights

Whitman's Garrett Hagerman and Mike Horn were double winners in the men's dual meet. They also teamed with Alex Susbauer and Dave Poore to give the Missionaries a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Hagerman's winning times were 1:58.03 in the 200-yard freestyle (Poore placed second) and 5:21.08 in the 500-yard freestyle. Horn registered his victories in the 50-yard freestyle (23.62) and 100-yard freestyle (55.70).

Whitman also first-place efforts from Poore in the 200-yard backstroke (2:20.33), Brian Wright in the 1,000-yard freestyle (13:44.74), and Alex Susbauer in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.96). Susbauer and Wright also placed second in two other events.

As a team, the Missionary men won seven of nine individual events.

Women's Highlights


The Whitman women turned in a dominating performance, placing one-two in four of the nine individual events and winning both relays. Whitman was victorious in six of the nine individual races, with Shauna Coleman and Carol Brooks winning two events each. Kim Adler and Castle Funatake also won races for the Missionaries.

Adler, Funatake, Brooks and Jennifer Weiss combined efforts to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:22.86. Coleman, Funatake, Cynthia Clymer and Laura Saunders were timed in 4:05.51 in winning the 400-yard freestyle.

Coleman was an easy winner in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:26.90) and 200-yard butterfly (2:23.52). Brooks claimed her victories in the 100-yard freestyle (59:10) and 50-yard freestyle (26:58).

Adler won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.25 while placing a close second in the 200-yard backstroke. Funatake won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.43.

Placing second for Whitman in various events were Dana Miller, Katie Berger, Saunders, Weiss and Clymer.


Saturday, Jan. 18
Willamette women 131, Whitman women 69
Willamette men 131 1/2, Whitman men 52 1/2

In a dual meet delayed by one day because of icy roads, host Willamette was a big winner in both the men's and women's team scoring. The Bearcat women won 131 to 69, while the Willamette men cruised to victory by a margin of 131 1/2 to 52 1/2. The meet was delayed one day when Whitman was unable to leave Walla Walla on Friday, Jan. 17, because of freezing rain.

Shauna Coleman was a double winner for Whitman. She won the 200-yard breaststroke in a national-qualifying time (2:37.59), and crushed the opposition in winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:28.74, more than 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

Kim Adler was Whitman's other winner on the women's side. She captured the 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.17. Adler teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Carol Brooks and Castle Funatake to place second in the 400-yard medley relay.

Mike Horn in the 50-yard freestyle (23.46) and Garrett Hageman in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.86) were individual winners for the Whitman men. Horn placed second in the 100-yard freestyle, while Alex Susbauer in the 200-yard butterfly and Brian Wright in the 200-yard breaststroke added two more second-place performances.

In his first meet after spending the fall semester on foreign study, Scott Daukas helped the Whitman men to a pair of second-place finishes in the relay events.


Friday, Jan. 31
Whitman women 123, Evergreen State College 26
Whitman men 93, Evergreen State College 69

The Whitman swim teams picked up a pair of dual meet victories at Evergreen State College. The Missionary women won every event except one in winning 123-26, while the Whitman men claimed a decisive 93-69 triumph.

Women's Highlights

Kim Adler, Sarah Cochran and Carol Brooks won two individual events each to power the women to victory. The Missonaries got one victory apiece from Shauna Coleman and Katie Berger.

Coleman and Brooks teamed with Jennifer Weiss and Castle Funtake to win the 400-yard medley relay in a national qualifying time of 4:23.50. Swimming the first leg, Weiss also hit a national qualifying time of 1:05.02.

Adler and Berger combined forces with Laura Saunders and Christina Clymer to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:10.43.

In the individual events, Adler and Coleman placed first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke. Adler was timed in 2:37.18, followed by Coleman in 2:38.13. Both times met the national qualifying standard. Berger placed third in 2:42.64.

Adler picked up her other victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle, winning in 11:20.23. Clymer was second in 12:07.51.

Brooks was victorious in both the 50-yard freestyle (26.20) and the 100-yard freestyle (56.97). Cochran nabbed her two wins in the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.61) and 500-yard freestyle (5:40.75).

Coleman collected a victory in 200-yard butterfly, winning in 2:24.36. Berger was a winner in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:14.27.

Weiss had a pair of second-place showings in the 100-yard freestyle (58:62) and 200-yard freestyle (2:06.70). Placing second in other events were Clymer in the 200-yard backstroke (2:32.65), Funatake in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.14), Dana Miller in the 400-yard individual medley (5:35.83) and Annie Plantaric in the 50-yard freestyle (30:26).

Men's Highlights

Mike Horn picked up a pair of individual victories and was part of a winning relay event to pace the Whitman men. Horn won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.98 and captured the 500-yard freestyle in 5:19.68. He also teamed with Dave Poore, Scott Daukas and Alex Susbauer to win the 400-yard medley relay in 3:53.10.

Also claiming individual event victories for Whitman were Garrett Hageman in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:31.23), Daukas in the 50-yard freestyle (23.55), Susbauer in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.02), and Poore in the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.17).

Poore, Susbauer, Hageman and Piers Barry won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:36.09.

Placing second in other events were Susbauer in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.75), Hageman in the 100-yard freestyle (52.73) and Daukas in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.56).


Saturday, Feb. 1
Pacific Lutheran women 118, Whitman 77
Pacific Lutheran men 125, Whitman 68

Mike Horn for the men and Shauna Coleman for the women each swam to a pair of victories as Whitman wrapped up its dual meet season at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Next up the Whitman swimmers are the conference championships Feb. 20-22 at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Women's Highlights

Shauna Coleman hit national qualifying times in winning both the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.97 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:27.32.

Kim Adler and Carol Brooks placed second in two events each, and both swimmers met the national qualifying standard in one of their races. Adler hit a national time with her 1:05.45 effort in the 100-yard backstroke. Brooks registered a national cut in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.81.

Placing second for Whitman in other events were Adler in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.43), Brooks in the 50-yard freestyle (26:56), Sarah Cochran in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:04.25), and Castle Funatake in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.89).

The Missionary women also placed second in the two relays, with the 200-yard medley foursome finishing in 1:58.66, a national qualifying time. Swimming the event were Adler, Coleman, Brooks and Jenneifer Weiss.


Men's Highlights

Mike Horn added two more victories in the individual events and helped the men's 200-yard medley team place second with a national qualifying time. Horn won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.61 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.21, and he teamed with Dave Poore, Scott Daukas and Alex Susbauer to crack the national qualifying standard in medley relay with a time of 1:46.56.

Whitman also got victories from Garrett Hageman in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.07 and Daukas in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.31. Daukas added a second-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly (56.67) and Hageman in the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.70).


Thursday, Feb. 20
Northwest Conference Championships
at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon

Preliminary Heats

Shauna Coleman and Garrett Hageman registered Whitman's best individual efforts as the Northwest Conference championships opened with preliminary heats in several individual events.

Coleman and Hageman both placed fifth in their heats of the 500-yard freestyle to qualify for tonight's finals. Swimmers with the top eight times in the preliminaries of each event advance to the finals. The eight swimmers with the next best times compete in the evening consolation finals.

Coleman shaved five seconds off her season-best time, finishing in 5:22.86. Her time was six seconds under the qualifying standard for the national championships.

Hageman finished his heat in 4:54.36, lopping 12 seconds off his previous season-best time. He missed his school record by less than two seconds, set last year, and the national qualifying mark by less than a second.

"The men's qualifying time for the 500-yard freestyle is one of the toughest to make," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "Garrett was sick a week ago, so we didn't know how fast he was going to be. But he was ready. He looked very strong."

One other Whitman swimmer advanced from the preliminaries into the evening championship finals. Mike Horn placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22:68, missing the national qualifying standard by less a half second.

Scott Daukas nearly made the championship finals in the 200-yard individual medley, placing ninth in 2:03.15. That time bettered his season-best time by six seconds and came within two seconds of the national qualifying mark. Daukas missed most of the swim season while studying in Europe.

Carol Brooks, a freshman, made the consolation finals in the 50-yard freestyle, placing 13th in 26:18, which was two-tenths of a second off the national qualifying standard.

Jennifer Weiss, another freshman, was leading her heat in the 200-yard individual medley when her goggles filled with water midway through the race. She finished 14th in the preliminaries in 2:23.43, which matched her season-best time.

Alex Susbauer also moved into tonight's consolation finals by placing 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.37. It was his career-best time by 12 seconds.

Castle Funatake also advanced to the consolation finals in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing 16th in 5:32.71. "That was her best time by more than 16 seconds," Coleman said. "It was a great time for her."

Christina Clymer just missed the consolation finals in the 200-yard individual medley. She placed 17th in 2:29.52, which lowered her previous best time this season by four seconds.

In the men's 200-yard individual medley, freshman Brian Wright also missed the consolation cut. He sliced 10 seconds off his season-best time, placing 21st in 2:15.92.

Competition also begins tonight in the relay events. Whitman teams will compete in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay.

The conference championships continue through Saturday. Seven schools and about 200 swimmers are competing. Most individual events attract 30 to 40 athletes.

Evening Finals, Relay Events

Whitman's relay teams hit national qualifying times in four events, and Shauna Coleman placed third in the finals of the women's 500-yard freestyle as the first day of the Northwest Conference championships ended at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

"We had some great swims," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "Everyone is going fast. Our women's team is doing just fine, even though one of our fastest swimmers (Kim Adler) stayed home due to illness, and our men's team is doing great with only seven swimmers."

Shauna Coleman, a former conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle, swam a season-best 5:19.56 in placing third in that event. Her time was nearly 10 seconds under the national qualifying standard.

Garrett Hageman also qualified for nationals in the finals of the men's 500-yard freestyle, placing sixth in 4:53.52.

Jennifer Weiss gave Whitman another national qualifying time in the 200-yard individual medley finals. She placed ninth in 2:19.95, her season-best time.

Scott Daukas just missed qualifying for nationals in the men's 200-yard individual medley. He finished ninth in 2:02.24, less than four-tenths of a second off the national standard.

Mike Horn made a strong showing in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle, placing seventh in 22.63. Carol Brooks swam a 26:16 to place 14th in the women's 50-yard freestyle.

Also competing in the consolation finals of the 500-yard freestyle events were Alex Susbauer, who placed 12th in 5:00.91, and Castle Funatake, who was 16th in 5:36.95.

Coleman, Weiss, Brooks and Funatake swam both of the women's relays, placing fifth in the 400-yard medley in 4:19.20 and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.57.

Susbauer, Daukas, Horn and Brian Wright placed fifth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:44.53, undercutting the national qualifying time by eight seconds. In the men's 200-yard freestyle relay, Dave Poore combined with Horn, Daukas and Hageman to place fifth in 1:30.71.

As expected, the University of Puget Sound took the lead in the team scoring for both men and women. Both UPS teams are the defending NAIA national champions.

The UPS men piled up 255 first-day points. Whitworth was second with 179 1/2 points, followed by Linfield in third, Pacific Lutheran in fourth, and Whitman in fifth with 93 points. Willamette was sixth and Lewis & Clark seventh.

The UPS women held a narrow 201-199 lead over Willamette. Whitworth was third, Pacific Lutheran fourth and Linfield fifth. Whitman was sixth with 83 points and Lewis & Clark seventh with 49.


Friday, Feb. 21
Northwest Conference Championships
at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon

Preliminary Heats

Whitman swimmers registered national qualifying times in six individual events during Friday's preliminary heats at the Northwest Conference championships at Linfield College.

Scott Daukas, who missed most of the swim season while studying in Europe, posted his first two national times, while Garrett Hageman nailed his second national qualifying time in two days. On the women's side, freshman Sarah Cochran registered her first-ever qualifying time, and Shauna Coleman and Carol Brooks lowered their season-best times in events in which they qualified previously.

"We had more good swims," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "The team we'll be sending to nationals is starting to grow."

Daukas placed fifth in the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley, qualifying for nationals in a time of 4:23.57. The top eight swimmers in the preliminaries of each event advance to the championship finals this evening. The next eight in each event swim in the consolation finals.

Daukas also broke the national qualifying standard while swimming a time trial in the 100-yard backstroke. His time was 56:47.

Hageman qualified for nationals in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle, placing ninth in 1:49.18. Other national qualifiers for Whitman were Shauna Coleman, who swam a season-best 4:53.85 to place eighth in the 400-yard individual medley; Brooks, who placed eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.30, just missing the Whitman school record for that event; and Cochran, who placed 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:03.21.

Jennifer Weiss made a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing seventh in 1:13.89. She missed the national qualifying standard by a half second. Whitman's Castle Funatake swam a time trial in the same event, posting a strong 1:13.35, which would have placed her sixth in the preliminaries.

Laura Saunders missed qualifying in the 100-yard backstroke by three-tenths of a second. She placed 14th in 1:06.04. Saunders also placed 15th in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 5:15.93.

Others placing for Whitman in Friday's preliminiaries and advancing to the evening finals were Alex Susbauer, who placed ninth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.82; Brian Wright, who was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.08; Katie Berger, who was 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.17 and 13th in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:09.93; and Dave Poore, who placed 16th in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.54.

Evening Finals, Relay Events

Placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a national qualifying time, freshman Jennifer Weiss gave Whitman its best finish in Friday night's individual event finals at the Northwest Conference championships. Her time was 1:13.15.

A second Whitman freshman, Laura Saunders, registered her first-ever national qualifying time, swimming a 1:05.10 to place 10th in the 100-yard backstroke. Saunders also placed 14th in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 5:12.18.

Garrett Hageman and Sarah Cochran also posted national times in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle events. Hageman placed ninth, swimming a 1:48.71, while Cochran finished 15th in 2:02.73.

Whitman swimmers placed eighth in the finals of two other events. Shauna Coleman registered a national time (4:55.44) in the 400-yard individual medley, while Scott Daukas finished his race in 4:33.32. Carol Brooks made her eighth-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.46.

Also placing for Whitman in the evening finals were Alex Susbauer, who was eighth in 100-yard butterfly (55.28); Katie Berger, who placed 11th in 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.86) and 13th in the 400-yard individual medley; Brian Wright, who finished 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.89); and Dave Poore, who was 16th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.30.

In Friday night's relay events, the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle teams both placed fifth in national qualifying times. Funatake, Coleman, Brooks and Cochran were clocked in 8:15.13 in the women's event, while Horn, Daukas, Hageman and Poore swam a 7:28.70. The Missionary teams also registered national times in placing sixth in the 200-yard medley relay events. Weiss, Coleman, Funatake and Brooks recorded a 1:59.64, while Daukas, Wright, Susbauer and Horn finished in 1:44.21.


Saturday, Feb. 22
Northwest Conference Championships
at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon

Preliminary Heats

Whitman senior Alex Susbauer clocked a national qualifying time and placed fourth in the preliminaries heats of the 200-yard butterfly as the final day of the Northwest Conference championships began at Linfield College. Susbauer's time was 2:02.16.

"Alex had a beautiful swim," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "He's been working tremendously hard on that event all season."

All heats of the men's 1,650-yard freestyle were completed during the day (there are no finals in that event), and Whitman's Garrett Hageman also made his national qualifying time, placing fourth in 17:14.70.

Also placing for Whitman during Saturday's preliminaries were Katie Berger, who finished ninth in a lifetime-best 2:39.94; Scott Daukas, who placed 11th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.43; Carol Brooks, who was 13th in the 100-yard freestyle in 57:40; Brian Wright, who swam a lifetime-best 2:26.47 in placing 13th; Jennifer Weiss, who was 15th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:22.39; and Laura Saunders, who was 16th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:24.27.

Evening Finals, Relays

Shauna Coleman swam a season-best 18:27.76, a national qualifying time, to place fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Alex Susbauer also qualified for nationals and placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:00.43, which was nearly two seconds faster than his time in the preliminary heats earlier in the day.

Jennifer Weiss gave Whitman another national qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke. She placed 11th in 2:19.15.

The Missionary relay teams also hit national times in the 400-yard freestyle. Mike Horn, Scott Daukas, Garrett Hageman and Dave Poore swam the men's relay in 3:21.55. The women's squad -- Carol Brooks, Jennifer Weiss, Shauna Coleman and Castle Funatake -- placed sixth in 3:49.13.

Other Whitman swimmers who placed in Saturday's individual event finals were Katie Berger, who was 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:40.51; Carol Brooks, who was 13th in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.70; Scott Daukas, who placed 13th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.62; and Laura Saunders, who finished 16th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:23.66.

The conference championships ended with the University of Puget Sound claiming the team titles for both men and women. The UPS teams are the defending NAIA national champions.

The Whitman men and women both placed sixth. The Missionary men competed with just seven swimmers, and the women's team was without Kim Adler, who stayed home due to illness. Adler has already qualified for nationals in seven events.

A total of seven women and six men will represent Whitman at nationals. On the women's side, Coleman has qualified in five events and Weiss four. Brooks, Cochran and Saunders have qualified in one event each. Funatake will swim at nationals in the relay events.

Hageman will compete in three events at nationals. Despite missing most of the season on foreign study, Daukas qualified in two events. Susbauer qualified in one event. Horn, Wright and Poore will swim on Whitman relay teams.

Whitman teams have qualified in all ten relay events.


Thursday, March 6
NAIA National Championships
King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.


Just call him the record breaker. Garrett Hageman broke his own school record in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday night as the opening day of the NAIA national championships drew to a close at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Placing 14th in the consolation finals to earn honorable mention All-American honors, Hageman lowered his school record by 1.63 seconds to 4:51.23. His evening time was 2.7 seconds faster than his time in the morning preliminaries.

"That was a great swim for Garrett," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "He first broke the record a year ago as a freshman at the conference championships. It was a record that had stood for years (11 to be exact), and when he broke it, he broke it by several seconds."

Hageman, who also holds the school freestyle records at 1,000 and 1,650 yards, will swim the 1,650 on Saturday. He is seeded ninth in that event. He also will swim the 200-yard freestyle on Friday.

Three Whitman relay teams also claimed honorable mention All-American honors in Thursday's consolation finals.

Compared to its swim in the morning preliminaries, the women's 200-yard freestyle team lowered its time and moved up a notch, placing 12th in 1:44.55. Swimming the event were Jennifer Weiss, Kim Adler, Shauna Coleman and Carol Brooks. The foursome missed the school record by six-tenths of a second.

The same four women lowered their evening time slightly but dropped one notch in the consolation finals of the 400-yard medley relay. They placed 11th in 4:15.44.

The men's 400-yard medley team placed 16th in the evening finals. Scott Daukas, Brian Wright, Alex Susbauer and Mike Horn were timed in 3:45.49.

The first day concluded with Simon Fraser University on top in both the men's and women's team scoring. In a field of 30 schools, the Whitman women were in 15th place with 22 points, just seven points out of 11th place. The Whitman men were in 18th place with five points.

"We'll have swimmers in several individual events Friday," Coleman said.

Morning Preliminaries

Garrett Hageman placed 13th in the morning preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle as the NAIA National Championships opened Thursday.

Hageman, who was clocked in 4:53.99, will compete tonight in the event's consolation finals. He needs to slice just over one second off his morning time to break his own school record.

"Garrett will change his strategy a little tonight," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "He started slower and finished fast this morning. He wants to start fast and finish fast tonight."

Three Whitman relay teams also qualified for tonight's consolation finals. The Missionaries made their best showing in the women's 400-yard medley, placing 10th in a time of 4:15.67, less than two seconds off the school record. Jennifer Weiss, Shauna Coleman, Carol Brooks and Kim Adler swam the event.

Castle Funatake joined Brooks, Adler and Weiss to place 13th in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time was 1:45.06, about a second off the Whitman school record.

The men's 400-yard medley relay also qualified for tonight's consolation finals, placing 16th in a time of 3:45.25. Scott Daukas, Brian Wright, Alex Susbauer and Mike Horn swam the event.

The Whitman men registered their best time of the season in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but it wasn't good enough to make the consolation finals. Dave Poore combined with Horn, Daukas and Hageman to place 17th in 1:30.71.

In the preliminaries of each event, the top eight individuals or relay teams advance to the championship finals. The next eight finishers compete in the consolation finals.

Shauna Coleman and Kim Adler also came close to making the consolation finals in two events.

Adler, who missed the conference championships two weeks ago with a bout of mononucleosis, swam a lifetime best 2:17.43 in the 200-yard individual medley, placing 17th. "Kim gave it absolutely 110 percent of what she had," Lee Coleman said. "She said later that she couldn't feel her arms or legs midway through the race, but she still swam a lifetime best. She's still not 100 percent, and there's no question she would be going faster if she was. We're just glad she is here."

Shauna Coleman also finished just out of the money in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 17th in 5:21.98. Her time was less than a tenth of a second out of 16th place and a spot in the consolation finals. "Shauna didn't have much practice time in the pool, and she had trouble with her turns on one side of the pool," Coleman said.

Weiss also competed in the 200-yard individual medley, placing 28th in 2:21.92. "We'll have several more individual swims on Friday and Saturday, and the rest of the relays," Coleman said.

More than 350 athletes from 30 NAIA Div. I & Div. II schools are competing in the national championships. "It's a very tough field," Coleman said. "Schools from the Northwest are as strong as ever, but some of the schools from other parts of the country are a little stronger than they have been in the past."


Friday, March 7
NAIA National Championships
King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

The Whitman women's 800-yard freestyle relay team placed seventh, earning first-team All-American honors, Friday night at the NAIA national championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Shauna Coleman, Sarah Cochran, Castle Funatake and Kim Adler swam a season-best 8:11.09. "It was a good swim for all the women, and Kim had another season-best time on her leg," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said.

Shauna Coleman made Whitman's strongest individual showing, placing ninth in the consolation finals of the 400-yard individual medley. She was timed in a season-best 4:44.08, which was five seconds faster than her time in the morning preliminaries.

"Had Shauna qualified for the championship finals, she would have placed fifth with that time," Lee Coleman said. "It was a very impressive swim for Shauna."

Scott Daukas, who missed much of the swim season while studying abroad, placed 13th in the consolation finals of the men's 400-yard individual medley. His time was 4:20.49.

Both Coleman and Daukas earned honorable mention All-American recogition for their individual swims, as did three other Whitman relay teams.

The Whitman women placed 10th in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.26. Swimming the event were Jennifer Weiss, Carol Brooks, Funatake and Kim Adler.

Daukas teamed with Brian Wright, Alex Susbauer and Mike Horn to place 15th in the men's 200-yard medley. Their time was 1:43.24.

In the men's 800-yard freestyle, Whitman placed 16th in 7:20.68. Swimming the relay were Daukas, Horn, Garrett Hageman and David Poore.


Morning Preliminaries

The Whitman women's 200-yard medley relay team set a new school record and placed 11th in the morning preliminaries Friday at the NAIA national championships at the King County Aquatic Center.

The foursome -- Jennifer Weiss, Castle Funatake, Carol Brooks and Kim Adler -- were timed in 1:56.57 and will swim again in tonight's consolation finals. Their time was nearly second lower than a school record set in 1993.

"We had hopes this group could break the school record," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "I didn't think they break by that much, though."

The men's 200-yard medley relay also advanced to the consolation finals. Scott Daukas, Brian Wright, Alex Susbauer and Mike Horn swam a season-best time, 1:43.47, to place 15th in the morning preliminaries.

Two Missionaries also advanced to the consolation finals in 400-yard individual medley. Shauna Coleman placed 11th in the women's event in 4:49.07, while Daukas was 13th in the men's race in a time of 4:18.93. It was a season-best time for both swimmers.

Weiss, a freshman just missed the consolation finals in the 100-yard backstroke. She placed 17th in 1:03.75, a season-best time. In the same event, the Missionaries also got season-best efforts from Adler, who placed 21st in 1:04.18, and freshman Laura Saunders, who was 26th in 1:05.08.

In the men's 100-yard backstroke, Daukas also clocked a season-best time, placing 21st in 55.95.

In other individual events in the morning preliminaries, Brooks was 22nd in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.78, Sarah Cochran was 23rd in 2:02.74, and Garrett Hageman was 26th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.95.


Saturday, March 8
NAIA National Championships
King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

With Shauna Coleman placing sixth in 1,650-yard freestyle and Kim Adler breaking her school record in the 200-yard backstroke, the Whitman women's team scored enough points on the final day of competition to place 10th for the third consecutive year at the NAIA national championships.

Not until the final event of the meet (400-yard freestyle relay), however, did the women's team secure enough points to finish in a tie for 10th. Adler teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Castle Funatake and Carol Brooks to give the Missionaries an 11th place showing and honorable mention All-American recognition in the final relay event. Their time was 3:46.95.

In the final day of the men's competition, Garrett Hageman gave Whitman its best showing with an 10th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. His time was 17:04.81. Alex Susbauer, meanwhile, placed 13th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:00.78.

In the final team standings, the Whitman men placed 17th, down two notches from its finish the previous year at the national championships.

Coleman's sixth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle gave her first-team All-American honors in the last event of her collegiate career. The senior was timed in 18:01.22, just two seconds off the school record she set in 1994.

"It was an absolutely beautiful swim," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "Itt was great to see her finish that way."

Adler, a junior, placed 13th in the 200-yard backstroke, earning honorable mention All-American recognition. Her time, 2:14.68, broke the school record she had set earlier in the day in the preliminary heats.

"Kim has been one of our best swimmers, but that was her first school record," Coleman said. "We were thrilled to see that."

Morning Preliminaries

Kim Adler broke the Whitman school record by more than two seconds in the 200-yard backstroke as the NAIA national championships with the morning preliminary heats at the King County Aquatic Center.

Adler placed 12th in a time of 2:15.53, breaking a record set two years ago by Cindy Allen. "Kim has been one of our best swimmers, but this is her first school record," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "We were thrilled with that."

Adler will swim the event again tonight in the consolation finals.

Alex Susbauer also advanced to the consolation finals, placing 12th in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:00.45.

The finals of the men's 1,650-yard freestyle also were held as part of the morning swims, and Whitman's Garrett Hageman placed 10th in 17:04.81. His placing earned Hageman honorable mention All-American recognition.

In the preliminaries of the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Whitman women were slowed by one bad turn and missed a chance to compete in tonight's championship finals. The foursome of Jennifer Weiss, Carol Brooks, Castle Funatake and Adler placed slipped to 12th, qualifying for the consolation finals, in a season-best time of 3:48.24.

The Whitman men just missed advancing into the consolation finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Hageman, Dave Poore, Scott Daukas and Mike Horn placed 17th in a season-best time of 3:19.19.

Weiss also competed in the preliminaries of the 200-backstroke, placing 29th in 2:20.26.