Whitman College Swimming

1999-2000 Season Highlights


Friday, November 12

Women: Whitman 139, Lewis & Clark 60
Men: Whitman 100, Lewis & Clark 77

The Whitman swim teams opened their season with a proverbial big splash Friday night in Portland, dunking their Lewis & Clark College counterparts by wide margins. The Missionary women won eight of 11 events and outpointed the Pioneers 139-60. The Whitman men placed first in five events and parlayed superior depth to a 100-77 triumph.

"It was a good way to open the season, but our times were not as fast as they have been in our workouts," Whitman coach Jay Coleman. "The scores just show that we're significantly stronger than Lewis & Clark."

A pair of first-year swimmers, Jennifer New and Janna Kline, paced the Missionary women by winning two events apiece. They were also part of a winning relay team.

Kline (Bothell WA, Bothell HS) was first in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.76 and in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.67. "Janna's time in the 100 butterfly was the third best time ever by a Whitman swimmer," coach Jay Coleman said. "She's also been swimming better times in workouts. A lot of the swimmers will make significant improvements in their times over the next three weeks."

New (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) posted her victories in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.26 and in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.47.

Other individual event winners for the Whitman women were senior Laura Saunders in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.51) and junior Annie Findlay (Fair Oaks CA, Loretto HS/Sacramento) in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.29).

The Whitman women won both relay events. Findlay, Kline and New teamed with freshman Lisa Dodobara (Seattle WA, Rainier HS) to win the 200-yard medley in 2:03.43. Senior Katie Berger (Bremerton WA, Bremerton HS) and freshmen Emily Owens (Verona WI, Verona HS), Samantha Ross (Salt Lake City UT, Olympus HS) and Lisa Pearson (Gig Harbor WA, Gig Harbor HS) won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.69.

In the men's dual meet, junior Tucker Jackson (Seattle WA, Seattle Preparatory), a two- event conference champion last season, won two individual events and powered the Missionaries to a relay victory as well. Jackson won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.26, finishing a whopping 24 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. He also had a decisive victory in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 49.85.

Jackson teamed with senior Rob Ervin (Bangor ME, Bangor HS) and sophomores Art Riddle (Hillsboro OR, Hillsboro HS) and Aric Jarrett (Mercer Island WA, Mercer Island HS) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:36.80.

Other individual event winners for the Whitman men were senior Brian Wright (North Palm Beach FL, St. Andrews School/Middleton ME) in the 1,000-yard freestyle (14:40.61) and junior Rob Bechtloff (Lake Stevens WA, Lake Stevens HS) in the 500-yard freestyle (6:04.38).


Saturday, November 13

Women: Linfield 129, Whitman 75
Men: Linfield 125, Whitman 64

The Whitman men's and women's swim teams dropped a pair of dual meet decisions at Linfield College Saturday afternoon, but Tucker Jackson and Jennifer New gave the Missionaries a few notable highlights.

Jackson, a junior, captured his third and fourth individual event victories of the weekend, and New, a freshman, came close to breaking Whitman's oldest school record.

New (Bellingham WA, Sehome HS) won the women's 200-yard butterfly in 2:16.86, which missed breaking the school record by less than three-tenths of a second. That record has stood since 1988.

"Jennifer's time Saturday would have won the conference title last year," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "She also posted that time all by herself with no one to really push her in this race. She's going to be a big-time swimmer for us. If she can lower that time by another six or seven seconds, she's going to be a dominant swimmer nationally as well as in our conference."

New also had a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (27.29).

Jackson (Seattle WA, Seattle Preparatory), perhaps the fastest freestyle sprinter in the Northwest Conference, picked up victories in the 50-yard freestyle (22.75) and 100-yard freestyle (50.00)

"Tucker is one of those swimmers whose times will get much faster, especially against stronger competition," Coleman said. "For Tucker in particular, his times are very much a matter of who he is racing against."

Janna Kline (Bothell WA, Bothell HS), another freshman, had Whitman's only other victory Saturday, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.49. She also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:38.05).

Linfield won the women's dual meet 129-75, while the Wildcats took the men's meet 125-64. "Linfield just has a greater number of good swimmers than we do," Coleman said. "This is just the beginning of what looks to be a very promising season for us, especially coming off of Friday's win over Lewis & Clark."

The Missionaries had several second-place finishes in various events.

Annie Findlay (Fair Oaks CA, Loretto HS/Sacramento) was a runner-up twice, in both cases by less than a second. Her times were 58.62 in the 100-yard freestyle and 2:40.95 in the 200-yard breaststroke. "That was a very good, early-season time for Annie in the 200 breaststroke," Coleman said.

Also placing second for the Whitman women were Audrey Gardiner (Kensington CA, St. Mary's College HS/Berkeley) in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:29.27 and Laura Saunders (Poulsbo WA, North Kitsap HS) in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:27.60.

Whitman teams placed second in both relay events, the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Swimming on those relay teams, in addition to New, Kline, Findlay and Saunders, were Danielle McClenahan (Boise ID, Boise HS) and Lisa Dodobara (Seattle WA, Rainier HS).

On the men's side, Dave Poore (Lynnwood WA, Mountlake Terrace HS) placed second in both the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.61 and the 100-yard freestyle in 52.17.

Poore and Jackson teamed with Rob Ervin (Bangor ME, Bangor HS) and Aric Jarrett (Mercer Island WA, Mercer Island HS) to place second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. They finished less than a second out of first place.

The team of Art Riddle (Hillsboro OR, Hillsboro HS), Zach Seeley (Tacoma WA, Wilson HS), Mike Uvelli (Mercer Island WA, Mercer Island HS) and Ian Lilley (Portland OR, Sunset HS) placed second in the 400-yard medley relay.


Saturday, November 20

Women: Whitworth women 135, Whitman 45
Men: Whitworth men 144, Whitman 51

Short-handed because of illness, injury and the Thanksgiving break, the Missionary swimmers lost a pair of dual meet decisions to Whitworth in Spokane Saturday, but junior Tucker Jackson continued his three-year dominance of the Northwest Conference with two more individual event victories. Jackson won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.59 and the 100-yard freestyle in 48.98.

"It was good to see Tucker bring his times down from last weekend, even though he didn't have anyone to really push him," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. His times in the two events didn't equal Whitman school records, one of which he owns, but Coleman wasn't surprised. "Tucker cares a lot more about just winning his events than his times. That's just the way he is."

In three dual meets this season, Jackson now has six victories in his six individual events. In dual meet competition over the past three years, he has won 36 of the 41 individual events he has entered. He also has four second-place finishes.

The only other Whitman swimmer to win an individual event Saturday was freshman Jennifer New, who captured the women's 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.31, more than eight seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Coleman said her time, while about a second slower than the blistering pace she set the week before, was an excellent given the cirumstances.

"Jennifer told me before the race that she was literally exhausted," Coleman said. "The last two weeks before Thanksgiving is a tough time academically for a lot of our athletes. Jenn takes her classes very seriously, and she's been swimming more pretty intense workouts as well. She hasn't been getting a lot of sleep. I was extremely proud of the way she and the rest of our swimmers gave it everything they had today, even though a lot of them were running on empty."

Her triumph in the 200 butterfly was New's fifth victory in her first three collegiate dual meets.

Whitworth won Saturday's dual meet competition by scores of 144-51 on the women's side and 135-45 on the men's side. "Whitworth has the best swim teams in the conference this season, by far," Coleman said.

The Missionaries were short-handed Saturday because a handful of swimmers had already left on Thanksgiving break. "When you have plane reservations that were made months ago, you don't have a lot of choice," Coleman noted. Another handful of Whitman swimmers competed despite illness or nagging injuries. "Effort is all you can ask for, and the swimmers we had in the pool did not back down from anything. They pushed themselves as far as they could go."

In other results Saturday, sophomore Aric Jarrett finished second in the men's 200-yard butterfly in 2:28.38.

Two Whitman swimmers, senior David Poore and freshman Lisa Dodobara, twice finished third in their individual events. Dodobara was third in the 50-yard freestyle (27.40) and 100-yard freestyle (1:00.32), while was third in the men's 100-yard freestyle (52.17) and 50-yard freestyle (23.59).

Freshman Ian Lilly added a third-place finish men's 200-yard backstroke (2:36.81). Senior Laura Saunders logged another third-place effort in the the 100-yard freestyle (13:13.07).


Friday, December 3

Northwest Invitational
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Whitman's Tucker Jackson won the men's 50-yard freestyle in 22.00 seconds -- the second fastest time ever posted by a Missionary swimmer -- Friday night in the opening session of the Northwest Invitational at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. Tucker set the Whitman school record for the 50 free (21.40) in winning the event at the Northwest Conference championships last spring.

After six individual events and four relays Friday night, Seattle University led the combined men's and women's scoring with 353 points. Whitman was eighth in the 10-school field with 105 points.

Whitman's Annie Findlay placed 10th in the women's 500-yard freestyle in 5:37.51. Freshman Jennifer New was 13th in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.26.

Three of New's freshman teammates also placed in the women's 50 free, which attracted 40 competitors. Lisa Dodobara was 18th (27.66), Lisa Pearson was 21st (27.94), and Samantha Ross was 31st (29.90).

Danielle McClenahan, another Whitman freshman, placed 21st in a large field in the women's 200-yard individual medley. Her time was 2:30.37.

Other Missionary women placing in the 500-yard freestyle were Emily Owens (34th, 6:08.13), Heidi Buettner (36th, 6:09.98), Ali Austin (42nd, 6:36.45), and Katherine Leitzell (43rd, 6:40.89).

Placing for the Whitman men in the 50-yard freestyle were Rob Ervin (22nd, 24.21)Dave Poore (23rd, 24.27), Aric Jarrett (30th, 24.72), Art Riddle (32nd, 25.15), and Ian Lilley (37th, 27.17).

In the men's 200-yard medley, Mike Uvelli placed 18th in 2:37.46. Rob Bechtloff was 23rd in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:07.

In the 200-yard freestyle relays, Whitman placed fifth in the men's race in 1:32.70 and seventh in the women's race in 1:48.44. The Missionary women also were eighth in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:32.34.


Saturday, December 4

Northwest Invitational
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Tucker Jackson added his second victory in two days and freshman Jennifer New also notched an individual event triumph as the 10-school Northwest Invitational swim meet concluded Saturday at Evergreen State College in Olympia.

Jackson, a junior, was a clear-cut winner in Saturday's 100-yard freestyle in 47.73. "It was his best race of the weekend," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "He won the 100 free rather handily. He really asserted himself, and it's just hard to beat him."

Jackson, who won Friday night's 50-yard freestyle, nearly won a third individual event Saturday. He placed second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.60, finishing less than six-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Jackson also anchored Whitman to a fifth-place finish in Saturday's 400-yard freestyle relay. "Tucker swam his leg in 47 seconds flat, which is very fast," Coleman said. Others on the relay team were Rob Ervin, Aric Jarrett and Dave Poore.

New's victory Saturday was in the 200-yard butterfly, which she captured easily in 2:18.54. "Her time wasn't as fast as what she did three weeks ago, but a lot of the swimmers weren't matching their season-best times this weekend," Coleman said. "It's been a long semester of academics and swimming, and a lot of the athletes are just tired."

New also had a strong race in Saturday's 100-yard butterfly. She placed third in 1:03.65.

Annie Findlay, a sophomore, gave Whitman a fifth-place showing in Saturday's 200-yard breaststroke. Her time was 2:38.49, the fifth-best time every posted by a Missionary woman in that event.

Findlay added an eighth-place showing in Saturday's 100-yard breaststroke. Her time was 1:14.51. "Annie has worked extremely hard, and it's great to see her do so well," Coleman said.

In other men's events Saturday, Ian Lilley and Art Riddle placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke in times of 2:35.12 and 2:42.22. Riddle was 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.07, Ervin was 12th in 1:08.50, and Lilley 13th in 1:09.65.

Ervin also placed 20th in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.18, while Poore was 23rd in 53.36 and Jarrett 25th in 53.65. Also swimming the 100 free were Rob Bechtloff, who was 35th in 1:00.87, and Mike Uvelli, who was 37th in 1:01.24. In the 200-yard freestyle, Poore placed 13th in 1:57.88 and Bechtloff was 20th in 2:12.97.

Jarrett placed 18th in the men's 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.74. Uvelli was 24th in 1:11.04.

Danielle McClenahan finished 15th in the women's 200-yard breaststroke in 2:47.51 and 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:19.11. Lisa Dodobara was 16th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.85 and 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.60.

Tyrell Coates placed 20th in both the women's 100-yard breaststroke (1:23.95) and 200-yard breaststroke (3:03.58). In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, Heidi Buettner placed 18th (21:54.23) and Ali Austin 19th (22:15.73). Placing for Whitman in the 200-yard freestle were Lisa Pearson (31st, 2:17.49), Emily Owens (32nd, 2:17.95), Buettner (34th, 2:20.30), Katherine Leitzell (41st, 2:31.850), and Austin (42nd, 2:33.40).

In the women's 100-yard freestyle, Pearson was 26th in 1:03.23, Owens 30th in 1:05.29, and Samantha Ross 31st in 1:07.30. Ross also placed 22nd in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:24.95.

Whitman placed eighth in both the men's and women's scoring for the two-day meet. Seattle University won the men's competition, while Redlands University placed first on the women's side.


Wednesday, January 5

Women: Whitman 115, Evergreen State College 58
Men: Whitman 70, Evergreen State College 52

David Poore and Janna Kline each won two individual events to lead the Whitman swim teams to dual meet victories Wednesday night at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. The Missionary women rolled to a 115-58 triumph in their team scoring, while the Whitman men posted a 70-52 win in their dual meet.

Competing for the first time in a month, the meet gave the Missionaries to start gearing up for three home meets, the first two of which are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22, against Northwest Conference rivals Willamette and Pacific Lutheran. The swimmers will also host Puget Sound Feb. 4 before setting their sights on the conference championships Feb. 17-19.

Against Evergreen, Kline registered her two victories in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.83) and 200-yard individual medley (2:31.55). Poore was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (52.63) and 200-yard freestyle (1:59.33).

Other individual event winners for the Whitman men were Mike Uvelli in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.50) and Art Riddle in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.35). Uvelli and Riddle also teamed with Ian Lilley and Rob Bechtloff to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.67.

Whitman's Jennifer New came close to winning two individual events. She captured the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.58) and placed an extremely close second in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.78, one one-hundredth of a second behind the winner of that event.

Annie Findley was a winner for the Missionaries in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:15.40. She added a second-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:17.42.

Others posting individual event triumphs for the Whitman women were Lisa Dodobara in the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.21) and Heidi Buettner in the 500-yard freestyle (6:17.60). Dodobara, Findley and New, joined by Lisa Pearson, won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:57.44.


Friday, January 21

Women: Whitman 109, Willamette 85
Men: Willamette 122, Whitman 40

It was a triumphant afternoon for the Whitman College women's swim team Friday as the Missionaries posted a 107-88 victory win over Willamette University in the Sherwood Center pool. It was the Whitman women's first victory over Willamette in over 20 years.

Junior Annie Findlay and freshman Jenn New won two events each to power the Missionary win.

In the men's competition Friday, Willamette outstroked a short-handed Whitman team 122-40. Two Missionary juniors, Tucker Jackson and Rob Ervin, recently left the squad to study abroad this semester. Jackson, a team captain, is a two-event defending conference champion.

Whitman coach Jay Coleman was pleased with both of his squads. "There were some very strong personal efforts on both the men's and women's teams," Coleman said. "I feel that, for both teams, this was their best meet of the season."

Findlay won the women's 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.93, which places her fourth on Whitman's all-time list for that event. She also won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:07.05, while one of her teammates, freshman Janna Kline placed second in 2:09.75. Kline made her best showing, however, in the 100-yard freestyle, winning that event in 58.61.

One of New's two victories was in the 100-yard butterfly, where her time of 1:03.17 places her fifth on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

New's other win was in the 50-yard freestyle, where she swam away from the field with a time of 27.13. Two more Whitman freshmen placed second and third in the event. Lisa Dodobara was timed in 27.31, while Lisa Pearson clocked a 27.50.

Coleman credited his women's victory to its growing depth and home pool advantage.

On the men's side, senior Dave Poore scored points for Whitman with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.18. Sophomore Aric Jarrett was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:01.74.

Coleman also noted that Ian Lilley and Art Riddle turned in strong individual efforts. The Missionaries will continue to miss Jackson's talent and leadership, Coleman added. "The younger team captains are still learning to step up and lead the team as their older counterparts have in the past."


Saturday, January 22

Women: Whitman 109, Pacific Lutheran 89
Men: Pacific Lutheran 123, Whitman 52

Annie Findlay won two more individual events Saturday, giving her four for the weekend, and the Whitman women's team put its depth to good use in posting a 109-89 dual meet victory over Pacific Lutheran in the Sherwood Center pool. It was Whitman's second biug victory of the weekend, and it assured the Missionaries of a winning dual meet record for the season. The Whitman women are 4-2 in dual competition with just one meet left before the Northwest Conference championships.

"PLU's coach told me after the meet that this is the first time the Whitman women had beaten them since the two schools started competing against one another in 1979," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said.

In the men's competition Saturday, PLU overwhelmed Whitman 123-52. The Missionary men recently lost their best swimmer, Tucker Jackson, to a foreign study program. They also lost a key member of their relay teams, Ron Ervin, to foreign study this semester.

The Whitman women slipped past PLU in the team scoring despite winning just three of the nine individual events. Findlay won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:36.53) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.21), and freshman Jennifer New captured the 200-yard butterfly in 2:17.66.

Swimming the 200-yard individual medley Saturday for the first time in her collegiate career, Findlay posted the seventh fastest time ever by a Whitman woman in that event. Her winning time in the 200-yard breaststroke placed her second on that all-time Missionary list.

"Normally, you're going to lose the team scoring if you only win three individual events," Coleman noted. But Whitman pulled out the victory by winning both relay events and having several swimmer place second and third in various events.

Findlay and New joined forces with Lisa Dodobara and Janna Kline to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:24.77. Lisa Pearson teamed with New, Dodobara and Kline to take the 400-yard freestyle in 3:59.14.

Audrey Gardiner, a sophomore and one of the team captains, and Danielle McClenahan, one of several freshmen, both finished second in two races. Gardiner was the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly, while McClenahan took second in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke.

Also placing second for the Whitman women were Dodobara in the 50-yard freestyle, Kline in the 200-yard individual medley, and Emily Owens in the 200-yard backstroke.

Pearson placed third in two events. Others scoring points by placing third were Ownes, Heidi Buettner, Sammi Ross and Katherine Leitzell.

In the men's races, senior Dave Poore and freshman Zach Seeley both won events. Poore captured the 100-yard freestyle in 52.12 and Seely was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.55.

Poore and Seeley also had second-place showings to their credit. Poore was second in the 50-yard freestyle while Seeley was second in the 200-yard individual medley. Aric Jarrett added a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, and he placed third in the 200-yard freestyle. Art Riddle was third in both the 200-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle.

Even the Whitman men's roster was down to five healthy swimmers for the weekend's two meets, four of those swimmers combined to clock season-best times in 11 events, Coleman said.


Friday, February 4

Women: Puget Sound 127, Whitman 72
Men: Puget Sound 125, Whitman 33

Annie Findlay won a pair of individual events and freshman Heidi Buettner added a third Whitman victory as the Missionary women dropped a 127-72 decision to the mighty University of Puget Sound Loggers Friday night in the Sherwood Center pool. Despite the loss, which ended the regular season, the Whitman women finished with a winning dual meet record at 4-3.

In the men's competition Friday, UPS rolled to a 125-33 victory over the Missionaries, who lost two of their swimmers at the semester break due to foreign study.

With the Northwest Conference championships less than two weeks away, noted Whitman coach Jay Coleman, "this is a hard time of the season" to compete. But, he added, "I thought the team swam very well against UPS. We had some strong personal efforts on both the women's and men's teams."

Whitman will conclude its season Feb. 17-19 at the Northwest Conference championships at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

Swimming the 200-yard individual medley for only the second time in her collegiate career on Friday, Findlay won the event in 2:18.19, beating her nearest competitor -- freshman teammate Janna Kline -- by more than four seconds. Findlay's time was the third- fastest time ever posted by a Whitman swimmer in that event. Kline took second in 2:22.76, while a second Missionary freshman, Jennifer New, placed third in 2:23.95.

Findlay's other victory Saturday came in the 200-yard breaststroke, which she won in 2:36.98, again beating her nearest competitor by more than four seconds. Findlay nearly matched the 2:36.53 time she registered the previous week, which is the second fastest in that event in the history of Whitman women's swimming.

Buettner, one of several freshman on the Whitman women's roster, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:33.64. Freshman Lisa Dodobara took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.07 seconds. New added a second-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 58.66 seconds, while Kline was fourth in that event in 59.32.

Dodobara and New teamed with Lisa Pearson and Katie Berger to give Whitman a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle. Their time was 4:07.59.

Berger placed third in two individual events, the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle. Audrey Gardiner took third in 200-yard butterfly, and Ali Austin was third in the 100-yard freestyle.

In the men's competition, Whitman's Dave Poore was a close second in each of his individual events. His times in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.89) and 100-yard freestyle (52.83) were about two-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Art Riddle also posted a second-place time (2:24.76) for Whitman in the 200-yard backstroke. Riddle and Poore also joined forces with Aric Jarrett and Ian Lilley to take second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:41.10.

Placing third for the Missionary men in individual events were Lilley in the 500-yard freestyle and Riddle in the 50-yard freestyle.


Northwest Conference Championships
Day One: Thursday, February 17
McMinnville, Oregon

Annie Findlay swam a career-best 2:17.34 to win the consolation finals and place ninth overall in the 200-yard individual medley as Thursday's opening day of the Northwest Conference swim championships concluded at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Findlay, a junior, had hoped to qualify for the 200 IM championship finals by posting one of the top eight times in the Thursday morning preliminaries. While that didn't happen, her winning time in the consolation finals moved her from seventh place to third place on Whitman's all-time list for best times in that event.

Had Findlay qualified for the championship finals (top eight) in the 200 IM, the 2:17.34 time she posted in the consolation finals would have placed her sixth overall.

"It seemed like our swimmers were a little flat for the morning preliminaries, but then everyone came back and swam very well in the evening races," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "We were swimming much better at the end of the first day, and we hope to use that as a springboard for the rest of the meet. Plus, we as a team and as individuals are much stronger in some of the events that take place Friday and Saturday."

The Whitman women ended day one with 75 team points, good enough for fourth place and right where Coleman had his women's team projected. The University of Puget Sound dominated the women's competition as expected, piling up 263 first-day points. Whitworth was second with 194 points followed by third-place Linfield and its 120 points. Rounding out the women's points standing after the first day of competition were Pacific Lutheran (58), Lewis & Clark (56) and Willamette (49).

On the men's side, UPS finished with a 186-185 lead over Whitworth. Linfield was third, followed in order by Willamette, Pacific Lutheran, Whitman and Lewis & Clark.

Whitman's Janna Kline, a freshman, placed 13th in the 200 IM in a season-best time of 2:20.80. That time moves her into eighth place on the all-time Missionary list.

Zach Seeley, another Whitman freshman, finished 11th in the men's 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.02. "That was a fantastic time and swim for Zach," Coleman said. "That was almost nine seconds faster than his best time before today."

Only three individual events were contested Thursday, and Whitman had three swimmers place in one of the events, the 50-yard freestyle.

In the evening finals of the men's 50 free, senior Dave Poore placed 11th in a season-best 23.32 seconds, while sophomore Aric Jarrett slipped to 14th in 23.57. Jarrett had the 12th best time in the morning preliminaries, a 23.41 that was his season-best mark.

Freshman Jennifer New placed 15th in the women's 50 free in 26.78 seconds, her season-best time.

Two more Missionaries, freshman Lisa Dodobara and sophomore Art Riddle, just missed qualifying for the consolation finals of their 50-yard freestyle events. Both placed 17th -- Dodobara in 27.10 seconds and Riddle in 24.49 seconds.

The Whitman women scored well in both of Thursday's relay events. In the 400-yard medley relay, the Missionary quartet of Dodobara, Findlay, New and Kline placed third in 2:19.4. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Whitman placed fifth in 1:47.39 behind the efforts of Dodobara, Findlay, New and freshman Lisa Pearson.

In the men's 200-yard freestyle relay, Riddle, Poore and Jarrett teamed with freshman Ian Lilley to place fifth in 1:35.24. Seeley joined Poore, Jarrett and Riddle to place sixth in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:00.51.


Northwest Conference Championships
Day Two: Friday, February 18
McMinnville, Oregon

Freshman Jennifer New set a new Whitman school record in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly and later placed fourth during the second day of the Northwest Conference swim championships Friday at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Janna Kline and Annie Findlay also had good days for the Missionary women, who held tight to fourth place in the team scoring.

On the men's side, Whitman stayed in sixth place with several swimmers making the consolation finals of various events. The championships conclude Saturday.

"We had a very, very good day," Whitman swim coach Jay Coleman said. "It was a continuation, I think, of the way we swam Thursday night. We had several people make the championship or consolation finals of their events."

New made Whitman's biggest splash, clocking a 1:01.34 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly, and advancing into the championship finals with the day's second-best time. Her time also broke Whitman's school record, set just last year by Cindy Jo Allen, by about three-tenths of a second.

In the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, New's time slipped a bit to 1:02.03 and she placed fourth. Kline, another freshman, also made the finals, tying for sixth place in 1:03.31. A third Missionary, sophomore Audrey Gardiner, made the consolation finals and placed 10th in 1:03.57, knocking more than three seconds off her previous best time.

Based on a time she posted earlier this season, Kline sits in fourth place on Whitman's all-time list of best times for the 100-yard butterfly. Gardiner's time on Friday slipped her into 10th place for that event.

Findlay made the championship finals in Thursday's 400-yard individual medley, placing fourth in 4:55.26. That time also places her fourth on Whitman's best-times list.

Kline also made the championship finals of the 100-yard backstroke, placing sixth in 105.82. Her time moved her into ninth place on the best-times list.

"Janna had a huge day for us," Coleman said. "She swam the preliminaries and championship finals in two individual events, plus she swam in both of our relays."

Two Whitman women made the consolation finals of the 400-yard individual medley. Danielle McClenahan, a freshman, placed 13th in 5:11.85, while senior Katie Berger finished 14th in 5:22.08.

Also placing in consolation finals for the Missionary women were freshmen Lisa Pearson, who was 13th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.55, and Sammi Ross, who was 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:23.65.

In the men's events, sophomore Aric Jarrett and senior Dave Poore both made the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle. Jarrett was 11th in 1:53.03, while Poore was 12th in 1:53.09. Poore had clocked a 1:51.59 in his preliminary heat.

Sophomore Art Riddle placed 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.64. Teammate Ian Lilley, a freshman, finished 13th in the same event in 1:076.48. Zach Seeley, also a freshman, swam a 1:07.86 to place 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Missionary men placed fifth in both of their Thursday relays. Poore, Jarrett, Riddle and Seeley were clocked in 1:49.32 for the 200-yard medley relay. Lilley and Seeley teamed with junior Rob Bechtloff and freshman Mike Kalk to post a time of 8:32.64 in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Berger, Kline, McClenahan and freshman Lisa Dodobara placed fifth in the women's 800-yard freestyle in 8:43.82. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Findlay, New, Kline and Pearson finished sixth in 2:02.01.

The second day of competition ended with the University of Puget Sound with 619 points and a huge lead over Whitworth, which was second with 420 points. Linfield was third with 323 points, followed by Whitman in fourth place with 204.5 points. Next in line were Pacific Lutheran (171.5), Willamette (164) and Lewis & Clark (113).

Puget Sound also moved into a somewhat comfortable lead over Whitworth in the men's scoring. The UPS men are on top with 459 points, nearly 70 points ahead of Whitworth. The Whitman men were in sixth place with 149 points.


Northwest Conference Championships
Day Three: Saturday, February 19
McMinnville, Oregon

With freshman Jennifer New shattering her second school record in two days, the Whitman women's swim team posted its highest finish ever as the Northwest Conference championships concluded a three-day run at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

The University of Puget Sound (UPS) captured both the men's and women's titles, while the Whitman women placed fourth and the Missionary men took sixth. "Our women's team has never placed that high before in the conference championships," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "It was exciting to them beat Pacific Lutheran and Willamette, two schools that have had very good swim programs."

The UPS women ran away with the women's title, piling up 927 points, far ahead of second-place Whitworth and its 596 points. Linfield was third with 523 points, followed by Whitman with 279.50, Pacific Lutheran with 259.50, Willamette with 244, and Lewis & Clark with 144.

On the men's side, UPS won with 720 points with Whitworth again taking second with 574 points. Next in line were Linfield 507, Willamette 370, Pacific Lutheran 350, Whitman 196 and Lewis & Clark 166.

Coleman said contributions from his entire women's team made possible its high finish. "We had three or four swimmers who scored a lot of points, but we also did a great job of picking up a few points here and a few points there. That was the key, getting contributions from everyone."

New shattered a 12-year-old Whitman school record in the morning preliminaries of Saturday's 200-yard butterfly. Her time was 2:15.10, about 1.5 seconds lower than the previous record, which was set in 1988 by Kim Streeter. New's time was slightly higher (2:15.71) in Saturday's final of the 200-yard butterfly, where she finished second.

"It was great to see Jenn break that record," Coleman said. "She's still young and she can still get faster."

As fast as New went in 200-yard butterfly, teammate Audrey Gardiner wasn't far behind. A sophomore, Gardiner placed sixth in the finals in a time of 2:23.68, her season-best effort by about four seconds. "Audrey had a great race and great meet," Coleman said. "It was nice to see because she was one of the people who didn't swim as well as she wanted at last year's conference championship."

Annie Findlay also had another strong day for the Missionary women on Saturday. She made the championships of an individual event for a second straight day, placing eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.86. In that same event, Danielle McClenahan placed 13th and Katie Berger was 16th.

In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle Saturday, Emily Owens and Heidi Buettner placed 15th and 16th, respectively for the Missionaries.

On the men's side Saturday, Aric Jarrett just missed making the championship finals of the 100-yard freestyle. He compensated by winning the consolation finals, placing ninth overall, in 50.99 seconds. "Aric surprised a lot of people," Coleman said. "That was his lifetime best by more than two seconds."

Art Riddle placed 11th in the 200-yard backstroke, while Dave Poore finished 13th in the 100-yard freestyle. Zach Seeley placed 15th in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The Missionaries placed sixth in both of Saturday's 400-yard freestyle relays. Findlay and New teamed with Lisa Dodobara and Janna Kline in the women's relay. Poore, Jarrett, Riddle and Ian Lilley swam the men's relay.