Whitman College Swimming

1998-99 Season Highlights


Friday, November 13

Linfield men 139, Whitman men 60
Linfield women 123, Whitman women 68

The Linfield College swim teams used superior depth and numbers to roll to easy team victories over Whitman Friday afternoon in the Sherwood Center pool, but the Missionaries managed to register a few highlights of their own, especially in the freestyle events.

Tucker Jackson for the Whitman men and Carol Brooks for the Missionary women won two events each. Jackson also led the host squad to victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay, while freshman Annie Findlay gave the Whitman women a third individual event triumph.

Jackson was a clear-cut winner in both the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.68 and the 100-yard freestyle in 48.98. He teamed with Garrett Hageman, Dave Poore and freshman Corey McBoyle to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:32.27.

Brooks was a decisive victor in both the 50-yard freestyle in 26.32 and the 100-yard freestyle in 57.40. Findlay won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.82.

Katie Berger added a pair of second-place finishes for the Whitman women. Her times were 5:57.03 in the 500-yard freestyle and 2:31.76 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Other Missionaries placing second were Cindy Jo Allen in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.58) and Heather Kelly in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.36). Brooks, Berger, Allen and Audrey Gardiner also swam to a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.94.

A trio of Whitman men posted second-place showings: Dave Poore, 23.72 in 50-yard freestyle; Hageman, 5:08.66 in the 500-yard freestyle; and freshman Aric Jarrett, 101.13 in the 100-yard butterfly.


Saturday, November 14

Whitman men 110, Lewis & Clark men 66
Lewis & Clark women 104, Whitman women 89

The Whitman swim teams recorded a split decision against Lewis & Clark College Saturday afternoon in the Sherwood Center pool. The Missionary men rolled to victory while the women lost a much closer decision.

Tucker Jackson, Cindy Jo Allen and Carol Brooks were Whitman's top swimmers. All three were winners in each of the three races in which they competed.

In individual events, Jackson took first in 50-yard freestyle (22.59) and 200-yard butterfly (2:10.37); Brooks was victorious in 50-yard freestyle (0:26.36) and 100-yard freestyle (0:57.09); and Allen was a winner in the 200-yard butterfly (2:34.10) and the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.91).

In the women's 400-yard freestyle relay, Allen and Brooks joined Audrey Gardiner and Lani Schepler to place first in 4:02.35. In the men's relay, Jackon teamed with Dave Poore, Garrett Hageman and Aric Jarrett to win with a time of 3:26.30.

"I am absolutely thrilled with the way we swam this weekend," Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said. "I came in with high expectations for this group and they exceeded them."

Other first-place winners for the Whitman men included Dave Poore in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.05) and the 100-yard freestyle (0:53.25), and Brian Wright in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.29).

Lani Schepler won the women's 500-yard freestyle in 5:54.73.

"I am really, really pleased with where this team is right now," Coleman said. "In my seven years at Whitman, I don't remember being this happy with a team at this point in the season."


Saturday, November 21

Whitworth men 99, Whitman men 61
Whitworth women 113, Whitman women 81

Whitman's Carol Brooks won two more individual events Saturday afternoon, swimming against Whitworth in the Sherwood Center pool, giving her six victories in six events over the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Brooks and her teammates, she will not swim next semester because she will be studying abroad.

"I definitely have mixed feelings about Carol leaving," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "She is swimming so well, I'd like to see her continue. Yet part of what going to Whitman is all about is that there are other activities, other opportunities. I would never want to discourage a swimmer from taking part in the study abroad program."

Whitworth won the team scoring for both men and women. The Pirate men won 99-61, while the Pirate women claimed a 113-81 triumph.

Brooks and her teammates won several events, however. For her part, Brooks won the 50- yard freestyle in 26.47 and the 100-yard freestyle in 58.03.

Three other Missionaries continued to swim fast times for so early in the season. Cindy Jo Allen, for example, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.78, which missed breaking a 14- year-old Whitman school record by one-half of a second. "That was a tremendous time for early in the season," Coleman said. "That puts her on track to qualify for nationals."

On the men's side, Tucker Jackson and Garrett Hageman also won events in times that point toward national qualifying times later in the season. Jackson won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.61 and the 100-yard butterfly in 54.24, while Hageman won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.38.

"Tucker's time in the 100 fly was just fantastic," Coleman said. "He wasn't being pushed at all, so that time was something be did all by himself. That was probably the third fastest time ever for a Whitman swimmer in that event."

Coleman said Hageman's time in the 500-yard freestyle sets a solid early season foundation for his best event, the 1,650-yard freestyle. "Garrett looked really, really good in that race," he said.

"If someone had told me two months ago that our three best swimmers would be posting these times this early, I would have been thrilled," Coleman said. "Cindy Joe, Tucker and Garrett are all on track to make their NCAA national times next semester, and those cuts are not easy to reach."

Katie Berger also picked up a victory for Whitman, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:02.40. "That was about 17 seconds faster than her time last week," Coleman said. "She swam a much smarter race."

Jackson came within a whisker of winning a third individual event Saturday. He placed second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 48.38, losing to Whitworth's Brent Rice by three one-hundredths of a second.

Also placing second in individual events for the Whitman men were Hagemen, who swam a 1:51.27, in the 200-yard freestyle, and Brian Wright, who clocked a 1:10.28 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Dave Poore teamed with Jackson, Hageman and Wright to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.39, although the victory did not count in the team scoring. The race was considered an exhibition for the quartet, because Jackson had already competed in the maximum number of events allowed for one swimmer in the same meet.

In addition to her one victory, Allen placed second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:22.58. Annie Findlay finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.27.

Audrey Gardner and Heather Kelly placed second in two events each. Gardner's times were 1:04.29 in the 100-yard freestyle and 1:09.12 in the 100-yard butterfly, while Kelly had times of 12:12.27 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 1:09.66 in the 100-yard backstroke.

"Overall, we had some great swims, some big improvements over last week," Coleman said. He noted that Findlay, who placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, continues to show good potential in that stroke. "She lowered her time by a full two seconds. She has the potential to be an extremely fast swimmer in the breaststroke."

"Lani Schepler also had a good time in 200-yard freestyle, placing third," Coleman said.


Friday-Saturday, December 4-5

1998 Northwest Invitational
Linfield College
McMinnville, OR

Cindy Jo Allen tallied 38 points while Tucker Jackson and Garrett Hageman scored 51.5 and 39 points, respectively, to pace the Whitman swim teams at the 1998 Northwest Invitational Swim Meet.

Jackson, a sophomore, won the men's 100-yard freestyle with the best time (:48.20 seconds) posted thus far in the conference this season. He also tied for third in the 50-yard freestyle (0:22.01) and took third outright in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.69).

Allen, a senior, finished third in the women's 200-yard butterfly (2:23.33) and the 100-yard fly (1:02.25). She also finished 11th out of 30 total swimmers in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.21).

Hageman, a junior, finished third in the men's 1650-yard freestyle (17:42.62) and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle (0:50.13). He also showed well in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing seventh (4:58.99).

"Based on this weekend's performances," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said, "I think that Tucker, Garrett, and Cindy Jo are each making the progress necessary to make NCAA national standards."

Others scoring points for the Whitman women included Katie Berger, ninth, 1650-yard freestyle (20:11.42); Audrey Gardiner, 13th, 100-yard butterfly (1:07.03); Lani Schepler, 16th, 200-yard freestyle (2:10.93); Heather Kelly, 12th, 200-yard backstroke (1:08.38), and 14th, 200-yard backstroke (2:29.05); Christina Clymer, 16th, 200-yard backstroke (1:13.29); Annie Findlay, 12th, 200-yard breaststroke (2:45.51); and Sarah Cochran, 16th, 50-yard freestyle (0:28.21).

Dave Poore finished 11th for the men in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.59) and Aric Jarret finished 10th in the 200-yard fly (2:29.03).

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jackson, Hegeman, Poore and Corey McBoyle finished fourth (3:25.68) in that event.

"In my seven years at Whitman we have never performed this well at this meet," said Coleman. "I am very excited about the way the team is performing. All 18 swimmers at the meet swam well."


Friday, January 22

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.
PLU men 100, Whitman men 88
PLU women 118, Whitman women 74

While Whitman fell short in the team scoring at Pacific Lutheran University Friday, a number of its men and women enjoyed outstanding individual swims.

Cindy Jo Allen posted the day's No. 1 Missionary highlight, winning the 100-yard butterfly while breaking a 15-year-old Whitman school record. Her time was 1:01.95, which broke a record (1:02.22) set by Vicki Romero in 1984. Romero's time had been the oldest school record, male or female, still on the books.

Allen's new record also stands as the third-best 100-yard butterfly time posted this season in the Northwest Conference. Her time is just five one-hundredths of second behind the second-best time in the conference, and four-tenths of a second from the top time.

Allen, who placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:46), also helped Whitman to victory in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay. She teamed with Sarah Cochran, Heather Kelly and Annie Findlay to win the relay in 1:49.

On the men's side, Whitman's Tucker Jackson was a winner in the 100-yard freestyle (:49.65). He finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.39).

Jackson helped the men's 200-yard freestyle relay team grab victory by nearly five seconds (1:31.90) over their PLU counterparts. Dave Poore, Corey McBoyle and Garrett Hageman raced along with Jackson.

Hageman was the winner in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.60) and finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.20).

Whitman men finished two, three and four in the 50-yard freestyle. Dave Poore was second (:23.00) followed by Aric Jarret (:24.16) and Rob Ervis (:24.20).

Other men faring well included Poore, second in the 100-yard freestyle (:51.80); Josh Butchart, second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.40); and Brian Fenn, second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:32.63) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.50).

Back on the women's side, Kelly finished second in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.00) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.30). Lani Schepler took second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:34.25) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:03.27).

Other women's results included Katie Berger, third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.76); Cochran, second in the 50-yard freestyle; and Audrey Gardiner, third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.64).


Saturday, January 23

Willamette University, Salem, Ore.
Willamette men 107.5, Whitman men 82.5
Willamette women 127, Whitman women 61

One day after setting a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly, Whitman's Cindy Jo Allen won the 200-yard butterfly in the best time posted this season in the Northwest Conference. Swimming in a dual meet at Willamette University Saturday, Allen won the 200- yard butterfly in a time of 2:17.03.

Sarah Cochran also picked up a victory for the Whitman women, capturing the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.19. Teammate Lani Schepler finished second in that event in a time of 2:11.64.

Meanwhile, Garrett Hageman and Tucker Jackson won two events each for the Missionary men. Hageman was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (:50.56) and the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:28.57). Jackson won the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.04) and the 50-yard freestyle (:22.09). Dave Poore also was a winner for Whitman, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.74.

Other Whitman women who placed well included Christina Clymer, second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:58.44); Heather Kelly, third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:28.14); Jen Weiss, third in the 50-yard freestyle (29.03); and Audrey Gardiner, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (29.23).


Friday, February 5

UPS men 138, Whitman men 52
UPS women 149, Whitman women 40

Whitman was overcome by UPS Friday in Tacoma as the Loggers used superior depth to beat the Missionaries in most events. Whitman did register some highlights in the freestyle events though as the teams made their final preparations for the conferance finals.

Tucker Jackson came out victorious in the 50-yard freestyle (24.38) and in the 100-yard freestyle (53.94).

Garrett Hageman finished second in the Mens 200-yard freestyle (2:03.72).

The men's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Jackson, Hageman, Dave Poore and Aric Jarrett finished second (1:42.14) as did the women's team of Christina Clymer, Katherine Leitzel, Lani Schepler and Heather Kelly (2:07.45).


Saturday, February 6

Seattle men 144, Whitman men 51
Seattle women 129, Whitman women 64

The Whitman swim teams made their final preparations for the NW Conference Championships Saturday afternoon in Seattle. While Seattle got the win, several Whitman swimmers performed well as they geared up for the postseason.

Tucker Jackson continued to roll for the men winning the 200- yard freestyle (1:48.53) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.33). Jackson's time in the freestyle gives him the tenth best time in the conference this year. Jackson recorded the sixth best time December 5th at the Northwest Invitational (1:46.69). His butterfly time gives him the eighth best time in the conference this year, just behind his seventh place performance in November (54.24).

Audrey Gardiner won the women's 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:26.82. Her time was the 11th best in the conference this year. The top time in the conference is held by Whitman's Cindy Jo Allen in a meet two weeks ago against Willamette (2:17.03).

Katie Berger also swam well on Saturday finishing second in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:58.54) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:47.28). Other swimmers fairing well included Jen Weiss, second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.53); Heather Kelly, second in the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.57); and Sarah Cochran, second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.14).

Garrett Hageman finished second in both the 1000-yard freestyle (10:26.80) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.51) while Brian Wright finished second in the 100-yard breaststoke (4:09.05).

The Conference Championships begin Thursday February 18th and run through Saturday the 20th in Ellensburg.


Thursday, February 18

Northwest Conference Championships
Day One -- Morning Preliminaries
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.

Tucker Jackson and Garrett Hageman broke their own school records in the preliminaries of two freestyle events Thursday morning as the Northwest Conference championships got underway at Central Washington Univeresity in Ellensburg, Wash.

Jackson, a sophomore, swam the 50-yard freestyle in 21.44 seconds, which was the morning's best time and broke his Whitman school record by a full half second. "That is a huge, monumental improvement in time for a 50-yard event," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "Tucker was just estatic, and he should be. This is probably his weakest event, but he'll go into tonight's finals as the top seed. He needs to lower his time by five one-hundredths of a second to make a conditional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships."

Hageman, a junior, was the first Whitman swimmer to hit the water this morning, and he set the stage for a great day by breaking his school record in the 500-yard freestyle. His time was 4:49.26, which broke his 1997 record by more than two seconds. He has the fourth-best time heading into tonight's finals.

"It was a nice way for Whitman to start the conference championships," Coleman said. "Everyone on the team did well this morning. As a team, we're swimming very, very well."

Whitman's Katie Berger and Dave Poore also cracked the top 16 in their preliminary events to advance to tonight's consolation finals.

Berger was clocked in a career-best time of 5:39.93 in the 500 meters, the morning's 15th-best time. "Breaking 5:40 has been Katie's goal all season," Coleman said. "She was thrilled."

Poore also posted a career-best time in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle. His time, 22.75 seconds, was the morning's 15th-best time. "It was Dave's best-ever time by about four- tenths of a second," Coleman said. "Again, for 50 meters, that's a huge improvement, and it moves him into eighth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event."

Sarah Cochran, who has been battling injuries for weeks, just missed qualifying for the finals by swimming a 5:41 in the 500- meter freestyle. It was the morning's 18th-best time. Only the top 16 swimmers advance to the finals of each event.

Rob Ervin and Aric Jarrett also missed advancing to the finals, noted Coleman, despite "swimming very good times in the 50-yard freestyle." Ervin was timed in 23.5 seconds, while Jarrett finished in 23.7.


Thursday, February 18

Northwest Conference Championships
Day One -- Evening Finals
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.

Tucker Jackson bolted to Whitman's first Northwest Conference swim title since 1996 during the Thursday evening finals of the conference championships at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. Jackson, a sophomore, won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.40 seconds, which reset the Whitman school record he had broken earlier in the day in the preliminaries.

"This was easily the biggest race Tucker has ever won in his life," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "He very clearly established himself as the man to beat in the sprint freestyle races. I still feel his strongest events are the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle."

Tucker's time missed the conditional NCAA Div. III national qualifying mark by the slimmest of margins -- one one-hundredth of a second. He is the first Whitman swimmer to win a conference title since Nathan Engman won back-to-back titles in the 100-yard freestyle in 1995 and 1996.

Tucker also helped the Whitman men's relay to a surprisingly strong third-place finish the 200-yard freestyle. "No Whitman relay team has ever placed that high in the conference championships," Coleman said. "Puget Sound and Whitworth finished one-two, but we beat a lot of other teams we've had trouble beating in the past.

Rob Ervin and Dave Poore started the relay with times that matched or exceeded their career-best efforts. "Garrett Hageman then went 23.1 seconds for his 50-yard split, which is about seven-tenths of a second faster than he's ever gone before," Coleman said. "Tucker finished with a 20.7 split, which is so fast it's unbelievable. In talking to the other coaches, it looks like Tucker went about six-tenths of a second faster than anyone else in the relay."

The relay team's time, 1:28.20, missed breaking the Whitman school record by less than two-tenths of a second.

Hageman gave the Missionaries another highlight by placing fourth in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle. His time, 4:49.06, reset the team record in had set earlier in the day in the preliminaries.

Two more Missionaries placed 15th in the consolation finals lof their events. Poore was clocked in 22.91 in the 50-yard freestyle, while Katie Berger posted a 5:41.54 in the 500-yard freestyle. It was the first time either swimmer had advanced through the morning preliminaries to compete in the evening finals.

In the women's 400-yard medley relay, Whitman placed seventh in a time of 4:20.53, missing fifth place by less than a second. Heather Kelly started the relay with a time of 1:05.9 for the 100-yard backstroke, easily her best time of the season and a time that places her eighth on Whitman's all-time list for that split. Jennifer Weiss followed with a season-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Cindy Jo Allen had a strong time in the butterfly split. "Sarah Cochran then anchored our relay with a 56.9 in the freestyle split, which was fantastic," Coleman said.

Coleman said his individual swimmers in the men's 400-yard medley relay also posted season-best times by two or three seconds in each case. Art Riddle, Aric Jarrett, Brian Wright and Rob Ervin placed eighth in 3:58.63.

"All of our swimmers swam unbelievably well today," Coleman said. "In my seven years of coaching here, I've never seen a group do as well as this group in terms of matching or exceeding their potential. Coaches from all of the other schools were telling our kids how well they were performing."


Friday, February 19

Northwest Conference Championships
Day Two -- Evening Finals
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.

Tucker Jackson and Garrett Hageman finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle to give Whitman its best performances as day two of the Northwest Conference championships ended Friday night at Central Washington University in Ellensburge, Wash. On the women's side, Cindy Jo Allen shook off inflammation in her shoulders to place fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Jackson finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.81, missing the conditional NCAA Div. III national qualifying time by about one second. Hageman's time was 1:46.18.

Allen's butterfly time was 1:02.34. She set Whitman's school record for the event at 1:01.95 earlier this year, before her shoulder problems surfaced.

Whitman's next highest finisher Friday was Heather Kelly, who placed ninth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.89. Also placing for the Missionaries were Katie Berger, 11th, 5:11.95, in the 400-yard individual medley; Dave Poore, 13th, 1:50.08, in the 200-yard freestyle; and Audrey Gardiner, 15th, 1:07.21, in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the relays, Aric Jarrett teamed with Jackson, Hageman and Poore to place fifth in the 800-yard freestyle. Their time was 7:18.88.

In the women's 800-yard freestyle relay, the Whitman team of Kelly, Berger, Christina Clymer and Lani Schepler placed seventh in 8:41.32.


Saturday, February 20

Northwest Conference Championships
Day Three -- Evening Finals
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.

Two days after winning the 50-yard freestyle and setting a new school record in the process, Whitman's Tucker Jackson accomplished the same two feats in the 100-yard freestyle as the Northwest Conference championships concluded Saturday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.

Jackson, a sophomore, won Saturday's 100-yard freestyle final in 47.07 seconds, breaking the previous Whitman school record, 47.45 seconds, which was set by Nathan Engman in 1996. Jackson's winning time missed the conditional qualifying time for the NCAA Div. III national championships by eight one-hundredths of a second.

"Tucker has definitely been our big man on campus, so to speak," Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said. "To win the 50 and 100 freestyle races, which are really the premier events at a meet like this, and to set schools records at the same time, is just fabulous."

"Tucker has really made his mark as the top sprinter in the conference," Coleman added. "To do that as a sophomore is very impressive."

In other events Saturday evening, Whitman's Garrett Hageman placed third in the finals of the men's 1,650-yard freestyle. Jennifer Weiss placed eighth in the women's 200-yard breaststroke.

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