Whitworth women 116, Whitman women 66
Whitworth men 118, Whitman men 47 The team scores were not close, but Whitman's small and out-numbered swim squads turned in some outstanding individual performances in a season-opening dual meet at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Senior Kim Adler and freshman Tucker Jackson made an especially big splash in their season debuts. Each won a pair of individual events in national championship qualifying times, and senior Barb McKinstry won one event and came within a fingertip of winning a second race.
"We had an outstanding meet with some great swims," Whitman assistant coach Lee Coleman said. "The team scores are only indicative of the fact that we have small teams."
Adler, who registered a series of personal best times at last spring's NAIA national championships, picked up right where she left off. Against Whitworth Saturday, she won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.59 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:16.97. Both efforts were personal-best times and came remarkably close, for this early in the season, to Whitman's school records.
Adler also had a personal-best time (1:03.9) for the 100-yard backstroke in helping Whitman place second in the 400-yard medley relay.
"Kim was just outstanding," Coleman said. "It is amazing for a senior to swim her personal best times in three events in her first meet on the season. She looks good and feels very strong. She has been lifting weights more and has added some strength. She's going to have a great season and be very competitive at nationals."
Competing in his first collegiate meet, Jackson raised a few eyebrows in the freestyle sprint events. He was an easy winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 22:22 and the 100-yard freestyle in 48:78. In both cases he just missed eclipsing Whitman school records.
"Tucker won the 50 by more than a body length, which usually never happens because it's such a short event," Coleman noted. "No one was even close to him in the 50 or the 100. We have never had one of our men swim that fast in the first meet of the season. It's been a few years, in fact, since we've had one of our men qualify for nationals in those events. The qualifying times are very tough."
Minutes after swimming the 100 freestyle, Jackson entered the 500-yard freestyle and placed second in 5:11, another good time considering the circumstances.
Senior Scott Daukas missed Saturday's meet to watch his younger brother compete in the Arizona state swim championships.
"Scott will be back this week, and he and Tucker will give the men a very strong one-two punch," Coleman said. "It's conceivable each of them could win three events in our dual meets."
Dave Poore gave the Whitman men a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, and the Missionaries placed second in the 400-yard medley relay. Joining Poore for that event were Brian Wright, Boaz Kojak and Rob Bechtoff.
Mike Horn, who competed at nationals last spring, may rejoin the team at the semester break, Coleman said. Horn played on the soccer team this fall, after having asthma problems during the swim season a year ago.
McKinstry won the 50-yard freestyle in 27:22, nearly a second ahead of her nearest competitor. Her second-place time in the 100-yard freestyle was 1:00.82, a fraction of a second behind the winner.
"Barb had two great races, and she's going to be outstanding for us all semester," Coleman said. "Unfortunately for us, she graduates in December and will leave school. Another one of our swimmers, however, will return next semester. Cynthia Clymer is studying in Washington, D.C., this semester."
Katie Berger also had a strong meet for Whitman, placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley. "Katie had the best dual meet of her life," Colemand said. "She also had a very good time for us in the 400-yard medley."
Joan Ogle also posted second- and third-place performances for Whitman in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle. Erika Anderson finished second in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Whitman women placed second in both relay events. Missionaries in the 400 medley were Adler, Berger, Anderson and Ogle. McKinstry replaced Berger in the foursome for the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Puget Sound women 151.5, Whitman women 43.5
Puget Sound men 136, Whitman men 45 Scott Daukas won a pair of races while Tucker Jackson and Kim Adler each placed first and second in their two individual events during a dual meet at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
Daukas, a senior, was victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.32) and 200-yard individual medley (2:19.11). Jackson, a freshman, won the men's 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.09 and finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.33, less than a second behind the winner.
In the women's 400-yard freestyle, Adler finished nearly three seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, winning the race in 4:46.54. Adler was a very close second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:16.40, three one-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
In the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, Whitman placed second. In other individual events, Joan Ogle placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.74, just ahead of her third-place teammate Erika Anderson (1:15.51). Others placing third for Whitman were Jennifer Weiss in the 50-yard freestyle (31:08) and Katie Berger in the 200-yard individual medley (2:48.35) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:26.40).
Other top finishers in the men's events for Whitman were Dave Poore, who placed third in 100-yard freestyle (58.03) and fourth in 50-yard freestyle (26.84), and Rob Bechtloff, who was third in the 400-yard freestyle in 5:28.70.
Central Washington men 70, Whitman men 56
Central Washington women 65, Whitman women 51 Whitman freshman Tucker Jackson won two more individual events as the Missionary men finished a close second, 70-56, to Central Washington University in a dual meet at the Sherwood Center pool. The two victories gave Jackson five first-place showings in his first seven collegiate races.
In the women's competition, Whitman's Kim Adler recorded a pair of national qualifying times, placing first and second, to lead the Missionaries to another strong showing. The Central women finished with a 65-51 dual meet victory.
Jackson was a clear-cut winner in the men's 200-yard freestyle, qualifying for nationals with a time of 1:48.99, nearly a second ahead of his nearest competitor. Tucker claimed his second victory in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 49.12.
Jackson also teamed with Scott Daukas, Dave Poore and Boaz Kujak to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.34, which bettered the national qualifying standard by nearly four seconds. Jackson turned his 50-yard split in a sizzling 21.81.
"Tucker had a very good meet for someone who was very tired at the beginning," Whitman assistant coach Lee Coleman said. "He's had a cold, and he was lying down taking a nap before the meet started."
The same foursome, swimming as an exhibition entry, also had the best time in the men's 200-yard freestyle relay. Although the quartet's 'victory' did not count in the team point standings, its time (1:33.35) met the national qualifying mark.
Daukas also hit a national time in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing second in 1:02.96. He won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.67.
Sophomore Dave Poore added a pair of third-place finishes. "His time in the 50-yard freestyle was very good, and he swam very well in the relays," Coleman said. "Dave has a come a long ways since last year, and he's working very hard."
Adler won the women's 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.97 and placed second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.33. "Kim will probably swim the 200-yard backstroke at nationals, but it was good to see her have a good, strong time in the shorter race."
The Whitman women placed second and qualified for nationals in both relay events. Adler, Barb McKinstry, Sarah Cochran and Joan Ogle swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.34. Cochran joined Erika Anderson, Jennifer Weiss and Cindy Allen for a 2:05.64 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Katie Berger placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:17.85. She also finished third in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle.
Ogle swam in two individual events, placing third in both the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. Allen also had a third-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Jackson, swimming the event for the second time as a collegian, was clocked in 22.15 seconds, a national qualifying time. He finished one-hundredth of a second out of fifth place and three-hundredths of a second behind the fourth-place swimmer. Whitman's Dave Poore placed 23rd in the event in 23.61 seconds.
Jackson's time in the 50-yard freestyle came close to the Whitman school record -- 22.07 seconds -- set by Nathan Engman in 1995.
In the men's 200-yard individual medley, Whitman's Scott Daukas placed 11th among 35 competitors. His time, 2:03.53, just missed the national qualifying standard.
In the first day of the women's competition, Whitman's Joan Ogle in the 200-yard individual medley and Erika Anderson in the 50-yard freestyle placed 20th. Ogle's time was 2:29.01 (teammate Jennifer Weiss placed 22nd in 2:29.73), while Anderson was timed in 28.49 seconds.
The Whitman women's relay teams placed seventh and hit national qualifying times in the two events in which they competed. Kim Adler teamed with Anderson, Ogle and Weiss to post a time of 1:49.21 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Whitman's time in the 400-yard medley relay was 4:28.87 (names of the individual swimmers not immediately available).
Adler won the 400 IM in 4:47.79, placed fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:48.05, and finished eighth in the 200-backstroke in 2:17.64. She also teamed with Joan Ogle, Katie Berger and Erika Anderson as Whitman posted national times and placed seventh in the 400-yard and 800-yard freestyle relays. With Cindy Allen replacing Berger in the foursome, Whitman also placed seventh and qualified for nationals in the 200-yard medley.
In the individual points standings, Adler finished in a three-way tie for 10th place with 45 points. Angela Butler of the University of Puget Sound was the high-point swimmer with 60 points.
As a team, the Whitman women collected 197 points to place seventh in the eight-team field. UPS won the women's competition with 986 points and captured the men's title with 814 points. The Whitman men also placed seventh, scoring 164 1/2.
Tucker Jackson, a freshman, was the leading point producer for the Whitman men, scoring 12 1/2 points in one individual event Friday and 31 points in two events Saturday for a total of 43 1/2.
In Saturday's events, Jackson placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.90) and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (48.57). Both times met national qualifying standards, as did his time Friday in the 50-yard freestyle.
Jackson also helped the Whitman men swim a national qualifying time in the 200-yard medley relay Saturday. Jackson teamed with Dave Poore, Brian Wright and Scott Daukas to place seventh in 1:46.69.
Daukas tallied a total of 23 points for Whitman in his individual events. On Saturday, Daukas placed eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (55.38) and 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.31).
Whitman's Katie Berger swam three individual events Saturday, scoring 17 points. She placed eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:44.83) and 14th in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.73) and 400-yard individual medley (5:20.14).
Other Whitman swimmers who placed in Saturday's individual events were Joan Ogle, who was ninth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:32.40); Cindy Allen, who placed 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:54.92); and Jennifer Weiss, who placed 15th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.88).
Kim Adler and Jennifer Weiss also won two events apiece, although the Whitman women dropped a narrow 78-71 decision to the Pioneers in the their dual meet.
Adler, a senior, recorded national qualifying times in winning both the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.02) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.33). Adler also helped Whitman to victory in the 200-yard medley relay in a national qualifying time of 2:01.78. Others in the relay for Whitman were Weiss, Cindy Jo Allen and Joan Ogle.
Weiss posted her individual event victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2:32.91) and 100-yard freestyle (1:02.91).
Allen and Katie Berger also won events for Whitman. Allen won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.34 seconds, while Berger took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.12) and second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.62).
Ogle was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.36 seconds.
Daukas was an easy winner for the Whitman men in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.06) and 100-yard butterfly (55.97). Jackson also finished well ahead of the field in winning the 50-yard freestyle (22.82) and 100-yard freestyle (51.42).
Daukas and Jackson gave the Missionaries a strong one-two punch in its two winning relay efforst. The twosome teamed with Brian Wright and Boaz Kujak to win the 200-yard medley relay in a national qualifying time of 1:48.55. It was Daukas, Jackson, Kujak and Dave Poore who won the 200-yard freestyle relay, qualifying for nationals in a time of 1:34.77
Poore had Whitman's other individual event victory. He won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.97, while placing second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.31.
Rob Bechtloff placed second in two events, the 200-yard freestyle (2:13.88) and 500-yard freestyle (6:02.29). Wright finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.66.
Kim Adler and Cindy Allen notched individual event victories for Whitman in the women's meet. Adler was a clear-cut winner in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 58.41 seconds, while Allen edged a Linfield swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle. Both swimmers were timed in 27 seconds flat.
Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said Allen in recent weeks has apparently overcome the shoulder problems that have severely hampered her swimming past few years. "We've tried some new things in practice that have allowed her to actually compete again," Coleman noted. "Cindy has always been a very talented swimmer. It's great to see her finally get past her health problems. It's hard to comprehend just how hard she has worked the past few years when she never really had a chance to compete."
As a freshman three years ago, Allen set the Whitman school record in the 200-yard backstroke. Shoulder impingement slowed Allen's efforts soon thereafter, and Adler broke the backstroke record last year.
Against Linfield Saturday, Adler placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.74, a national qualifying time for that event. Adler also teamed with Katie Berger, Joan Ogle and Jennifer Weiss to finish second in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:30.03, more than 11 seconds below the national qualifying standard.
In other individual events, Berger placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
In the men's dual meet, freshman Tucker Jackson was Whitman's only individual winner. He won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.01 seconds, which barely missed the national qualifying time.
Scott Daukas had a pair of third-place showings, in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley. Rob Bechtloff was third in the 500-yard freestyle, while Daukas, Jackson, Dave Poore and Brian Wright placed third in the 400-yard medley relay.
Adler posted national qualifying times in both of her victories. She was first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.31) and 100-yard backstroke (1:05.04). She also helped the Whitman women beat the national qualifying standard in winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.01.
Cindy Allen in the 50-yard freestyle (26.87) and Katie Berger in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.80) also registered victories for Whitman. In her second race, Allen placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, losing by less than two-tenths of a second. Berger also had a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle.
Jennifer was second for the Missionaries in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.47.
On the men's side, Jackson nailed a national qualifying time in winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.26. His winning time in the 100-yard butterfly was 57.73.
Daukas just missed national times in his two victories. He won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.59, finished just one one-hundredth of a second off the national standard. His winning time in the 200-yard individual medley, 2:03.33, was a quarter second over the national mark.
Daukas and Jackson teamed with Dave Poore and Boaz Kujak to win the 200-yard freestyle. The time was not immediately available.
Poore scored a pair of second-place efforts in his individual events, the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Kujak placed second in the 100-yard freestyle.
Freshman Tucker Jackson won three more individual events, bringing his season victory total to 13. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.42 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle in 49.49, and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.83.
Scott Daukas had the other two individual event victories for the Whitman men, increasing his season win total to 9. Daukas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.16 and captured the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.87.
Rob Bechtloff placed second for Whitman in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:46.45. Because of its small roster, the Whitman men decided against swimming in the meet's two relay events.
On the women's side, Kim Adler boosted her season win total to 14 with victories in the 400-yard individual medley (4:55.95) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:21.40).
Adler's time in the 400 IM was well below the national qualifying standard, and she outswam PLU's Aurora Bray, the event's two-time defending NAIA champion, by nearly seven seconds. Earlier this season, Adler won the 400 IM at the Northwest Invitational meet with a time of 4:47.79.
Cindy Allen won her fourth race in as many meets with a victory in the 50-yard freestyle. Her time was 27.08. Allen also had a third-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle.
Placing second for Whitman were Jennifer Weiss in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.75) and Joan Ogle in the 200-yard butterfly (2:34.13). Katie Berger had a pair of third-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley.
The Whitman women placed second in the only relay event they entered, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Adler, Ogle, Allen and Weiss were timed in 3:58.35.
Adler won the 200-yard individual medley by nearly three seconds in 2:19.81, which undercut the national qualifying standard by more than a second. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.31, missing a national qualifying time in that event by less than a tenth of a second. Her winning time in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:15.26.
Cindy Allen won fifth race in as many events, claiming the 50-yard freestyle in 26.61. Allen placed third in the 100-yard freestyle, and she teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Katie Berger and Joan Ogle to place in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.19.
Berger in the 200-yard freestyle and Weiss in the 100-yard breaststroke posted third-place finishes for the Missionaries.
On the men's side, Daukas hit a national qualifying time in his victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time was 1:02.58, a full second under the qualifying time.
Daukas scorched the field in winning the 200-yard medley in 2:03.74, which missed the national standard by less than seven-tenths of a second. His nearest competitor in this particular race finished almost six seconds off his pace.
Daukas also teamed with Jackson, Brian Wright and Dave Poore to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.16, which beat the national qualifying time by five seconds.
Jackson was an easy winner in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.62) and 100-yard freestyle (49.69).
Placing second for Whitman were Dave Poore in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.55) and Boaz Kujak in the 50-yard freestyle (23.93). Poore added a third-placing showing in the 100-yard freestyle, as did Brian Wright in the 100-yard breaststroke and Rob Bechtloff in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Whitman men won all nine of the individual events and one of two relays. The Evergreen men posted their only victory in the 200-yard medley, which the Missionaries did not enter.
The Whitman women were almost as dominating, winning eight of nine individual events and one of two relays. Again, Evergreen won the 200-yard medley relay, an event Whitman did not enter.
Senior Kim Adler won two more events, pushing her season victory total to 19. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.38, missing the national qualifying time by less than two-tenths of a second. Her winning time in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:14.35.
Adler also teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Joan Ogle and Cindy Allen to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:49.65, a national qualifying time.
Allen came close to national times in winning both the 50-yard freestyle (26.70) and 100-yard butterfly (1:04.57). She missed the mark in the butterfly event by less than three-tenths of a second.
Ogle also won a pair of events, the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.83) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.09). Adding to Whitman's victory total were Weiss in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.97) and Katie Berger in the 100-yard freestyle (59.98).
Placing second for the Whitman women were Berger in the 100-yard breaststroke, Weiss in the 200-yard breaststroke and Meghan Kelley in the 100-yard freestyle.
On the men's side, Scott Daukas, Tucker Jackson, Brian Wright and Rob Bechtloff won two events each. Dave Poore captured a ninth individual event for the Missionaries.
Jackson pushed his season victory total to 17 with wins in the 50-yard freestyle (22.51) and 100-yard freestyle (49.60).
Daukas, who missed one dual meet early in the season, finished with 13 victories by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.16 and the 100-yard butterfly in 55.20.
Wright claimed his two victories in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.03) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.65). Bechtloff, only a freshman, was a winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:37.84) and the 500-yard freestyle (6:23.39).
Poore won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.76. Poore also teamed with Jackson, Boaz Kujak and Daukas to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:32.83, a national qualifying time.
Bechtloff, Poore and Kujak also had second-place finishes in individual events for Whitman.
Daukas placed first in the morning preliminaries with a national qualifying time of 1:59.17 -- more than four seconds lower than his previous best time this season. It was his best effort since he set the Whitman school record and won a conference title in the 200 IM as a freshman.
Daukas was plagued by injuries as a sophomore and then missed most of his junior season while on foreign study.
In Thursday night's finals of the 200 IM, Daukas faded to a fifth-place finish in a time of 2:00.58, but Whitman coach Jay Coleman sensed that his senior had already proven his point to himself and his conference rivals.
"What Scott learned from his morning preliminary was that he can swim with the best our conference has to offer," Coleman said. "He had not been at that level for a long time, and I don't think he knew if he was that good of a swimmer any more. He showed himself and everyone else that he is. You could see a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders."
Coleman said Daukas paced himself perfectly in his preliminary heat, but then swam one second faster over the first 100 yards of the evening finals. "He just couldn't keep that pace all the way," Coleman said. "When he started to tie up, it fell apart pretty quickly for him. But I'm not going to fault him for being aggressive. He went out and tried to win the race. He took a risk and gave it everything he had."
Daukas had worked extremely hard in recent weeks, Coleman noted, and will be better rested for the national championships in two weeks. "We've already talked about a few changes he can make in technique, and with more rest, he'll have the strength to finish stronger at nationals," Coleman said. "He can drop more time in this event."
In other individual events Thursday, Whitman senior Kim Adler placed fifth in the finals of the women's 200-yard individual medley, while freshman Tucker Jackson placed sixth in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle.
After swimming a lifetime best (2:16.77) and placing fifth in her preliminary heat of the 200 IM, Adler held that placing in the finals and slipped slightly on her time (2:16.89). Her times in both races were below the national qualifying standard.
Jackson placed fourth in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.36. He was sixth in the finals in 22.53.
"You could tell Tucker was a little tired," Coleman said. "He hasn't had enough rest either, and the 50 freestyle is a race that requires the most rest to do well."
Coleman said Jackson was in first place after the first 25 yards of each of his races. "He had trouble making his turn both times, slipping on the tile on the sides of the pool. One mistake is all that it takes in a race that short."
In other individual events Thursday, Cindy Allen placed 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 26.47, while Rob Bechtloff lowered his season-best time by 21 seconds in placing 19th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.37.
In the women's 400-yard medley relay, Adler swam a lifetime-best 1:03.67 in the 100-yard backstroke to lead Whitman to a fifth-place finish in a national qualifying time of 4:18.99. That was Whitman's best time this season by 12 seconds. Others swimming in the relay for Whitman were Allen, Jennifer Weiss and Joan Ogle.
The Whitman men's 400-yard medley relay team finished in a time of 3:44.00 but was disqualified for a false start on one of the relay exchanges. Daukas and Jackson swam the event along with Dave Poore and Brian Wright.
The Whitman men fared better in the 200-yard freestyle relay, recording a national qualifying time of 1:32.29 to place seventh. Daukas, Jackson, Poore and Boaz Kujak swam the relay.
In the women's 200 freestyle relay, Whitman placed sixth in 1:48.26, a national qualifying time. Adler, Ogle, Weiss and Allen were the Missionary swimmers.
"As a coach, I was very pleased with our first day," Coleman said. "Just about everyone swam season-best times today, and we didn't have one swimmer who was competing in their best event. Friday should be our best day, and we have some strong events coming on Saturday, too."
Adler placed third in the finals of the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:47.82, a national qualifying time. She had placed second in the morning preliminaries with a time of 4:48.35.
"Kim looked good in both races," Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said. "That is the highest she has ever finished in a conference event. She's having a great meet."
Jackson also placed third in his event, the 200-yard freestyle, in a season-best time of 1:47.78, a national qualifying time. He placed fourth in the morning preliminaries in 1:48.58.
After placing third in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 1:01.32, Scott Daukas slipped a bit in the evening falls, placing fifth in 1:01.92. Both times were well below the national qualifying standard.
Cindy Allen continued her recent comeback from shoulder injuries to post her first national qualifying time of the season in the 100-yard butterfly. Allen placed fifth in the morning preliminaries in 1:02.41 -- her lifetime-best time in the event by more than two seconds. She missed breaking a 14-year-old school record by just 19 hundredths of a second.
In the evening finals of the 100-yard butterfly, Allen placed eighth in 1:03.37, which also beat the national standard. "Her shoulders still bother her some, but she's never talked about that," Coleman said. "She's one of the most competitive people you will ever meet."
Whitman's Jennifer Weiss also made the championship finals in her event, the 100-yard breaststroke. She placed fifth in both the preliminaries and finals in the exact same time, 1:14.06. It was her season-best time but missed the national qualifying standard by about half a second.
In the relays, the Whitman men swam the 800-yard freestyle relay for the first time this season and placed fifth, posting a national qualifying time of 7:29.61. After Daukas opened the relay with a strong first leg, Dave Poore and Brian Wright swam the next two legs before Jackson finished with a fast 1:46.8, his lifetime best for that distance.
In the women's 800-yard freestyle, Whitman placed sixth in 8:27.45, which was well below the national standard. Katie Berger and Joan Ogle joined Allen and Adler in the relay.
The same eight relay swimmers gave Whitman season-best times in the 200-yard medley relays. The women placed sixth in 1:58.72, while the men were seventh in 1:43.26.
Poore, Ogle, Wright and Berger moved through the morning preliminaries of their individual events to qualify for the evening consolation finals.
Poore placed 13th in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.12. His time in the morning preliminaries was 1:51.73, a lifetime best by more than four seconds.
Berger swam a 1:17.34 to place 14th in the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke. She was 12th in the preliminaries in 1:16.85.
Ogle was in 12th place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.05 in the preliminaries. She placed 15th in the finals in 1:05.87.
Wright swam a season-best 1:05.09 to place 15th in the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke.
Freshman Tucker Jackson gave Whitman its highest finish, placing fourth in the finals of 100-yard freestyle in 48.85 seconds, a national qualifying time. In the morning preliminaries of the event, Jackson had swam a season-best 48.51.
Jackson also teamed with Scott Daukas, Dave Poore and Boaz Kujak to give Whitman a fourth-place showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The foursome's time was 3:20.36, more than five seconds below the national qualifying standard. It was the first time this season the men had registered a qualifying time in that relay.
Whitman's Kim Adler placed fifth in the women's 200-yard backstroke in a national qualifying time of 2:15.89. Her time in the morning preliminaries was slightly faster, 2:15.16, a season-best effort. Adler also teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Joan Ogle and Cindy Allen as the Whitman women placed sixth in their 400-yard freestyle relay. Their time was 3:56.81, their best effort this season and more than 12 seconds under the national qualifying time.
Scott Daukas finished sixth in the men's 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.38, a national qualifying time. He also had a better time in the morning preliminaries, 2:15.85.
Daukas also swam a time trial in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 54.33 seconds to qualify for nationals in that event.
In the women's 200-yard breaststroke, Jennifer Weiss placed seventh in a season-best time of 2:41.57. Teammate Katie Berger swam in the consolation finals of the event, placing 12th overall in 2:44.01.
Other Whitman swimmers who made the consolation finals of their individual events were Joan Ogle, who placed 10th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:29.86; Cindy Allen, who was 16th in the women's 100-yard freestyle in 58.95 seconds; and Dave Poore, who finished 16th in the men's 100-yard freestyle in 51.21. All three posted their season-best times in the morning preliminaries. Their morning times were 58.04 for Allen, 2:24.75 for Ogle and 50.95 for Poore.
In the final team scoring, the University of Puget Sound women's team won its conference title by a wide margin, scoring 854.5 points. Willamette University was second with 488 points. The small Whitman women's team placed sixth with 237 points.
In the men's scoring, Linfield College tallied 613 points to upset favored Puget Sound by 1.5 points. The Whitman men placed seventh with 197 points.
Whitman also earned honorable mention All-American recognition in four relay events.
With more than 350 athletes from 30 schools participating, the competition in some events Thursday was especially high. A good example was that Jackson failed to make the evening finals of the 50-yard freestyle, even though he broke Whitman's school record with a time of 21.94 seconds in the morning preliminaries. Jackson placed 20th in the preliminaries, and only the top 16 times advanced to the finals.
Whitman's 50-yard freestyle record was held previously by Nathan Engman, who swam a 22.07 in 1995.
"Tucker was up against a very strong field," Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said. "He lowered his season-best time by more than two-tenths of a second, which is pretty significant for such a short race. For Tucker, this event also is the weakest of the three he will swim this week. He knows his best races are yet to come Friday and Saturday."
Adler placed 12th in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:15.78, her best time ever. "Kim was very pleased with that time," Coleman said. "She has lowered her time in this event by two or three seconds in the past few weeks, which is a big drop for someone who has been swimming as long as she has."
Daukas posted his best effort in the morning preliminaries of the men's 200-yard individual medley, placing ninth in a season-best time of 1:58.71. He missed the making the championships finals (top eight) by three-tenths of a second. His time slipped to 1:59.87 in the evening finals, when he placed 13th.
"Scott had a very good morning swim, but then he wasn't able to go quite as fast in the finals," Coleman said. "It's too bad that his morning swim wasn't quite fast enough to get him into the championships finals. The only trouble he had in the morning race was with one of his turns."
In the relay events, the Whitman women placed 13th in the 400-yard medley and 14th in the 200-yard freestyle. The men finished 14th in the freestyle and 15th in the medley.
Adler led off the 400-yard medley with a career-best time of 1:03.29 for the 100-yard backstroke, which came within two one-hundredths of a second of Whitman's school record for the event. Jenny Russell set the school record (1:03.27) in 1988.
Whitman's time in the finals of the women's 400-yard medley was 4:19.26. Joining Adler in the event were Cindy Allen, Jennifer Weiss and Joan Ogle. "The women beat their morning time by more than a second, and it was Kim and Joan who made the biggest improvements from morning to night," Coleman said.
The same foursome swam a season-best time of 1:45.50 to place 14th in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay. "Cindy Allen had the best split, a 25.97, in this relay," Coleman said.
The Whitman men registered their best relay times in the morning preliminaries. With senior Boaz Kujak swimming a 22.79 split, Whitman placed 13th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:29.94, a season-best by more than two seconds.
"It was fantastic for the men to go under 1:30," Coleman said. "All four guys had season-best relay times, but Boaz went a full second faster." Others in the relay were Jackson, Daukas and Dave Poore. In the finals, Whitman placed 14th in 1:30.19.
The same four swimmers posted a season-best time of 3:40.93 to place 13th in the preliminaries of the 400-yard medley. They slipped slightly to 3:41.93 to place 15th in the finals.
Whitman teams also earned honorable mention All-American recognition in four more relay events Friday.
Adler, a senior, swam a lifetime-best 4:47.16 to place fifth in the preliminaries of the 400 IM. Her time in the evening finals slipped to 4:48.27 as she placed seventh. The top eight finishers in each event earn first-team All-American honors.
It marked the second time in her four years at Whitman that Adler captured first-team honors in the 400 IM. She placed eighth in the event as a sophomore, after placing placing 11th as a freshman. She didn't swim the event at last year's championships.
Jackson, a freshman, placed 12th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:46.78. Then, in his evening swim, Jackson cut his time by another 1.5 seconds to win the consolation finals in 1:45.26 to place ninth overall and earn honorable mention All-American honors.
Had Jackson been competing in the championship finals of the 200-yard freestyle, his evening time would have placed him fifth.
Cindy Allen just missed making Friday's consolation finals in the 100-yard butterfly. Allen placed 17th in the preliminaries in 1:02.65. She finished two one-hundredths of a second out of 16th place and a spot in the finals.
Scott Daukas also missed the consolation finals, placing 22nd in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:01.80.
In Friday's relays, the Whitman women made their best showing in 200-yard medley, placing 11th in the finals in 1:57.39, a season-best time. Swimming the event were Adler, Allen, Jennifer Weiss and Joan Ogle.
Katie Berger joined Adler, Allen and Ogle to knock more than four seconds off their season-best time in placing 13th in the 800-yard freestyle in 8:23.78.
In the men's 200-yard medley relay, Whitman placed 15th in the preliminaries in 1:41.09, a season-best time by more than two seconds. Posting that time were Daukas, Jackson, Brian Wright and Dave Poore. The same foursome finished 16th in the finals in 1:41.47.
Daukas, Jackson, Poore and Boaz Kujak lowered their season-best time in the 800-yard freestyle relay by more than nine seconds. They placed 14th in 7:20.30.
"Everything that happened for us the last day was very positive," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "We had some great swims. I am extremely proud of the effort and enthusiasm our swim teams showed at nationals and throughout the season."
Adler had her best swim in the preliminaries, breaking her own school record and placing 11th in the 200-yard backstroke. She lowered her record by more than a half second, setting the new mark at 2:14.11. Her time slipped to 2:14.74 in the evening finals, when she placed 14th.
Jackson also swam his season-best time (47.75) in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle, placing 12th. His time missed the school record by three-tenths of a second. His time also dropped slightly to 47.91 in the finals as he placed 13th.
Daukas made the consolation finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, swimming a season-best 2:15.85 to place 16th in the preliminaries. In the finals, Daukas cut his time further, recording a lifetime-best 2:14.61 to place 13th.
Whitman's relay teams also turned in some strong times in their final event, earning honorable mention All-American status in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
On the women's side, Adler teamed with Cindy Allen, Joan Ogle and Jennifer Weiss to place 13th in the preliminaries and 14th in the finals. Their time in the finals was a season-best 3:52.06.
Daukas and Jackson teamed with Boaz Kujak and Dave Poore to place 14th in the preliminaries and 15th in the finals. Their finals time was a season-best 3:18.53. "The undisputed highlight of that relay was Tucker Jackson's time on the anchor leg, which was 46.55," Coleman said. "By almost a second, that is the best split time a Whitman swimmer has ever had."