Whitman College Swimming

2000-2001 Season Highlights


Friday, November 10

Women: Whitman 150, Lewis & Clark 47
Men: Lewis & Clark 72, Whitman 70

It was a split decision as the Whitman swim teams opened their dual meet season against Lewis & Clark Friday evening in the Sherwood Center pool.

The Missionary women were big winners, racing to victory in nine of 11 events to post a 150-47 triumph. Meanwhile, in a battle of small men's teams, Lewis & Clark won just five of 11 events but concentrated its efforts in the individual events to edge the Missionaries 72-70.

"For our women, this first meet was a nice showcase for some of our individual talent as well as our overall depth," first-year Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said. "The men's meet was very close, and with both teams having just five swimmers, the final score was just the luck of draw and how some of the events played out."

Rob Bechtloff, a sixth member of the Whitman men's squad, missed the meet due to illness. With Bechtloff not competing, the Missionaries had no one available in the 1,650-yard freestyle, one of the events he specializes in.

A trio of seniors -- Tucker Jackson, Annie Findlay and Heather Kelly -- paced Whitman by winning two individual events apiece. Jackson and Findlay also contributed to Missionary relay victories.

As he did a year ago when Whitman opened the season at Lewis & Clark, Jackson swam to decisive victories in the 100-yard freestyle (48.72) and 200-yard freestyle (1:51.17). His times in both events were lower than last year, by more than second in the 100 free and more than two seconds in the 200 free.

Jackson also teamed with Aric Jarrett, Art Riddle and freshman Owen Unbehaun to win an uncontested race in the 400-yard freestyle. Their unofficial time was 3:44.15.

Other individual event winners for the Whitman men were Riddle in the 200-yard backstroke (2:29.88) and Unbehaun in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.99). Riddle and Unbehaun also joined forces with Jarrett and Zach Seeley to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:09.04.

Jarrett added a second-place showing in the 50-yard freestyle (24.72), while Seeley was second in both the 400-yard individual medley (5:13.36) and 500-yard freestyle (6:15.78).

In the women's meet, Findlay was a winner in the 400-yard individual medley (5:08.48) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:41.60), while Kelly notched her two wins in the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.86) and 200-yard backstroke (2:27.77).

Three of Whitman's first-year swimmers also won individual events in their first collegiate events. Stefanie Bergh won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:16.97, beating another Missionary freshman, Erin Drew, by little more than two seconds. Katherine Oglietti captured the 100-yard freestsyle in 1:04.26, edging Drew by two one-hundredths of a second and leading a one-two-three Whitman sweep. Ellen Klobucher, also a freshman, was third in 1:08.51.

Whitman's third freshman winner was Noelle Chung, who won the 50-yard freestyle in 29.02. She beat Missionary sophomore Danielle McClenahan just over one second.

Findlay and McClenahan, with help from two more first-year swimmers, Krista Nishida and Katie Imberg, won the 400-yard medley relay in 4:37.17. A second Whitman quartet -- Kelly, Nishida, Oglietti and Audrey Gardiner -- finished second in the relay.

The Whitman women also won the 400-yard freestyle relay. Gardiner and Chung teamed with freshmen Stacy Legg and Sophia LaHusen Bair to post a winning time of 4:28.48. A second Missionary team -- Bergh, Oglietti, Ali Austin and Heidi Buettner -- again took second-place honors.

Several Whitman women placed second in individual events. Gardiner swam a 2:34.04 in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing less than four seconds behind the winner. McClenahan was clocked in 2:45.88 in the 200-yard breaststroke, about four seconds behind Findlay's winning time.

Other Missionaries placing second were Bergh in the 1,650-yard freestyle (21:30.35), Imberg in the 200-yard freestyle (2:27.54), and LaHusen Bair in the 400-yard individual medley (5:53.16).


Saturday, November 11

Women: Linfield 141, Whitman 63
Men: Linfield 153, Whitman 35

Seniors Tucker Jackson and Annie Findlay gave the Whitman swim teams a trio of individual event victories in dual meets with Linfield College Saturday afternoon in the Sherwood Center pool. Linfield, which boasts one of the stronger swim programs in the Northwest Conference, won the women's dual meet 141-63 and the men's competition 153-35.

"We don't have the depth to match Linfield on either the women's or men's side, but this was a good meet for us as we finished a tough first week," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We didn't let up at all in practice this past week. We had an intense week of practice and then two meets on the first weekend of the season. Everyone was swimming tired today, but we had some good, solid efforts.

Jackson, one of the fastest freestyle sprinters in the conference, won the men's 50-yard freestyle in 22.44 seconds, a strong early-season time. He beat his nearest competitor by more than second. Jackson holds Whitman's school record in the event at 21.40.

Jackson also posted a fast 50-yard split time in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Missionaries placed third in an overall time of 1:38.22. Jackson anchored the relay with a 21:50 time for his 50 yards. Others in the relay for Whitman were Aric Jarrett, Zach Seeley and Art Riddle.

Jackson had a much closer race in 100-yard butterfly, winning with a time of 54.62, edging Linfield's Joe Gonzales by less than three-tenths of a second. Jackson missed his career-best time in the event by less than four-tenths of a second.

Findlay was a clear-cut winner in the women's 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:26.07. She beat her nearest competitor by more than 10 seconds.

Findlay also placed a close second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.51. Her time was almost a second faster than the mark she posted last year on the opening weekend of competition. "Like Tucker, Annie is starting out faster than she did a year ago, which bodes well for the kind of seasons they are going to have," Blomme said.

Findlay teamed with Audrey Gardiner, Heather Kelly and Noelle Chung to give the Missionary women a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time was 1:52.66.

Kelly placed second in both of her individual events. Her time in the 200-yard freestyle was 2:10.69, about 1.6 seconds behind the winner. Her second-place time in the 100-yard freestyle was 1:00.24.

Gardiner finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.28, while freshman Katie Imberg was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.51. Gardiner, Imberg, Chung and Danielle McClenahan were the runners-up in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.78.

Blomme also was pleased with freshman Katherine Oglietti's third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. "Katherine was less than a second behind Annie Findlay, who is one of our best breaststrokers," Blomme said. "Katherine has a lot of potential."

Whitman's first-year coach also praised freshmen Stefanie Bergh and Erin Drew for their efforts in the 500-yard freestyle. Swimming the event for the second time in less than 12 hours, both women lowered their times significantly, Blomme said.

The Whitman men had just one second-place finish against Linfield. Freshman Owen Unbehaun was timed at 1:09.32 in the 100-yard breaststroke, losing to the winner by about six-tenths of a second.


Saturday, November 18

Women: Whitworth 130, Whitman 60
Men: Whitworth 130, Whitman 52

With a few swimmers battling illness and few more leaving for the start of Whitman's Thanksgiving break, the Whitman swim teams dropped a pair of dual meet competitions Saturday to the always strong Whitworth squads. The visiting Pirates won the women's dual by a 130 to 60 score and took the men's meet by a 130-52 margin.

"The Whitworth meet is often a tough meet for us because if falls at the start of our Thanksgiving break," Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said. "We typically lose a few swimmers to the holiday and early winter illness, but despite those challenges, we still had a tremendous meet today. Several swimmers swam season-best times; we even had a lifetime- best or two. If the swimmers can maintain this level of training and intensity into the first weekend of December, we should have a terrific meet at the Northwest Invitational."

Whitman highlights on Saturday included strong performances from Tucker Jackson and the women's 200-yard medley relay team.

Jackson posted a season-best time, 48.98 seconds, in the 100-yard freestyle event, easily downing his closest competitor by nearly five seconds. The senior speedster also won the 50- yard freestyle in a time of 22.04 seconds, almost a half-second faster than his time in the previous week's meet. "Tucker is swimming faster and faster," Missionary swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "I think he'll do even better against stronger competition at the Northwest Invitational."

Freshman Owen Unbehaun finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.42, almost a second faster than his time last week in that event. "Owen has been working on getting healthy and refining some techniques these past couple weeks," Blomme said. "He made some significant improvements this week."

Jackson and Unbehaun teamed with Aric Jarrett and Art Riddle to place second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time was 1:38.86.

In the women's meet, the quartet of Heather Kelly, Danielle McClenahan, Audrey Gardiner and Katie Imberg combined to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:07.51.

While failing to win any of the individual events, the Missionary women racked up five second-place efforts. Senior Annie Findlay was the runner-up in 200-yard individual medley, losing by less than second. Her time was still more than three seconds faster her effort last week in the same event.

Findlay also posted a strong time in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing third in 1:13.26. That is the fourth-best time ever registered by a Whitman swimmer. Swimming in the same event Saturday, freshman Katherine Oglietti moved into ninth place on the all-time list with a time of 1:14.98. Oglietti also swam well in the 50-yard freestyle, placing second in 28.28.

Kelly, one of the Missionaries who enjoyed what Blomme called "fantastic swims" in the women's distance events, placed second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:48.70, losing by little more than a second. McClenahan took fourth in the event in a 5:55.30, her lifetime-best mark by a wide margin.

Gardiner came close to victory in the 100-yard butterfly, settling for second 1:05.33, less than a half-second behind the winner.

Ali Austin, one of the Missionaries slowed by illness, turned in an iron-woman's performance, placing second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (13:42.23) while also competing in the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. "Ali showed some tremendous strength today," Blomme said. "I know she will swim even faster when she recovers."

The Northwest Invitational is set for Dec. 1-2 in McMinnville, Ore.


Northwest Invitational
Hosted by Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Friday, Dec. 1: Session One

Whitman's Tucker Jackson posted a decisive victory in the men's 50-yard freestyle as the two-day Northwest Invitational got underway Friday evening at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Jackson's season-best time was 22.03 seconds, a full half-second ahead of his nearest competitor. The Missionary senior won the same event at last year's Northwest Invitational.

The invitational concludes Saturday with two more sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. The field of competitors includes the six Northwest Conference schools with swim programs, along with Evergreen State College.

Whitworth grabbed the first-day lead in the team scoring in both the men's and women's divisions.

The Whitworth men moved in front with 202 team points. Linfield was second with 179 points, Pacific Lutheran third with 162 and Puget Sound fourth with 108. The Whitman men were in the fifth spot with 87 points, followed by Lewis & Clark with 40 and Evergreen State with 17.

In the women's scoring, Whitworth piled up 243 points, well ahead of second-place Linfield and its 161 points. Next in line were Puget Sound 134, Pacific Lutheran 115, Evergreen State 98, Whitman 70, and Lewis & Clark 68.

Jackson also helped the Whitman men to a pair of fourth-place finishes in two relay events. Freshman Owen Unbehaun and juniors Art Riddle and Aric Jarrett teamed with Jackson to post a time of 1:37.47 in the 200-yard freestyle. The same foursome was clocked in 4:04.63 in the 400-yard medley relay. Both times were season-best efforts for the Missionary men.

In other men's events, Whitman's Rob Bechtloff placed 13th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:39.19, which was more than five seconds faster than the time he posted a week ago in a dual meet against Whitworth. Bechtloff added a 20th-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle, lowering his season-best time by almost 11 seconds to 6:02.11.

Jarrett placed 14th in the men's 50-yard freestyle. His time was 24.52, also his season-best effort.

In the women's competition, sophomore Emily Locke gave Whitman its best finish by placing 13th in 30.50. One of her teammates, freshman Stacy Legg, was 17th in 30.91.

Danielle McClenahan placed 15th for the Missionaries in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:56.14. Also placing in the event for Whitman were Stefanie Bergh, 25th, 6:11.79; Erin Drew, 27th, 6:13.08; Heidi Buettner, 31st, 6:29.59; and Ali Austin, 32nd, 6:30.66.

Sophia Lahusen Bair finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:45.60.

In the women's relays, Whitman placed fifth in the 400-yard medley event and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle. McClenahan swam the medley with Annie Findlay, Audrey Gardiner and Katie Imberg. The quartet was the same in the freestyle except for Drew replacing McClenahan.


Northwest Invitational
Hosted by Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Sessions Two & Three

Whitman senior Tucker Jackson won two more individual events Saturday, giving him three in two days, as the Northwest Invitational concluded at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

Jackson won both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles on Saturday, after winning the 50 free on Friday evening. His margin of victory in all three races was decisive, and he tied Whitworth's Kevin Wang for high-point honors among the men.

Jackson's time in the 200 was 1:49.15, his season-best effort by a full two seconds. His time in the 100 was 48:50, which was just off his season-best time. His victory in the 100 was his third consecutive in that event at the annual Northwest Invitational. Over the past three years, Tucker won a total of six individual freestyle events, in addition to placing second once and third twice.

Jackson also led the Missionary men to a pair of fifth-place finishes in Saturday relay events. Whitman lowered its season-best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay to 3:41.50, with Aric Jarrett, Rob Bechtloff and freshman Owen Unbehaun swimming with Jackson. Whitman's time in the 200-yard medley relay was 1:51.90, with Art Riddle replacing Bechtloff in the foursome.

In the women's events Saturday, juniors Annie Findlay and Audrey Gardiner registered Whitman's strongest performances.

Gardiner placed second in a hotly-contested 200-yard butterfly race, slashing more than four seconds off her season-best time to touch the wall in 2:29.86. Kate Snow of Puget Sound won the event in 2:29.65 and was one of four competitors to finish under 2:30.00. "This was only the second time this season Audrey has competed in this event," Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said, "but she has been working very hard on her 200 pacing. Her time surpassed the goal both she and I had set for today. Her next swim should be even faster."

Findlay had an especially busy day on Saturday, placing third in both the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke while adding a fourth-place finish in the 200- yard breaststroke. Her time in the 400 IM was 5:02.07, a season-best effort by more than six seconds. She knocked off three seconds from her season-best time in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:38.63. Her time in the 100 breaststroke was 1:15.09.

Also on Saturday, Gardiner and Findlay teamed with freshmen Katie Imberg and Erin Drew to place third in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.11, about a half-second out of second place. Their time was a season-best for the Missionary women.

Findlay also anchored Whitman's 400-yard freestyle relay team on Saturday, swimming her leg in less than a minute as the Missionaries placed sixth in 4:12.08, their best mark of the season in that event. Others swimming for Whitman were Drew, Gardiner and sophomore Danielle McClenahan

In a third women's relay on Saturday, freshman Stefanie Bergh joined Drew, Gardiner and McClenahan to place sixth in 9:29.09.

In the final team scoring, both Whitman teams placed sixth in an eight-school field. The Whitman women finished with 307 points, just 10 points behind fifth-place Evergreen State College. The Missionary men finished with 213 team points.

Whitworth placed first in the men's division with 686.5 points and first in the women's competition with 762 points.

"All in all, it was a tremendous meet," Blomme said. "We missed a few of our swimmers who were unable to join us, but we know their assets will make us stronger next semester."

Whitman's Owen Unbehaun had a good day in Saturday's individual events, placing seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke and 10th in 100-yard breaststroke. His 2:31.28 time in the 200 lowered his season-best time by almost four seconds. His time in the 100 was 1:09.20.

Another freshman making "dramatic improvements," Blomme noted, was Sophia LaHusen Bair, who placed fifth in a small field in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:44.65. She placed 11th in the 400 IM in 5:47.11, a drop of more than six seconds from her previous best time.

Blomme credited Katie Imberg, another of her freshmen women, for making Saturday's "most dramatic improvement in time." Imberg cut more than 14 seconds from her previous best time in 200-yard backstroke, placing 10th in 2:37.22. In the 100-yard backstroke, Imberg took 11th with a time of 1:14.66.

Danielle McClenahan placed eighth in both of the breaststroke events. Her time was 1:19.43 in the 100 and 2:46.94 in the 200. Freshman Stacy Legg was 10th in both events, posting a 1:20.20 in the 100 and a 2:54.62 in the 200. Her time in the longer event was a season-best by nearly three seconds.

In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, Stefanie Bergh placed ninth for the Missionaries in 21:43.04. Sophomore Heidi Buettner was 11th in 22:43.67.

In the men's 100-yard freestyle, junior Aric Jarrett won his heat and placed 13th in 53.31, his season-best effort. He also placed 15th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.52.

In the men's 200-yard freestyle, senior Rob Bechtloff placed 12th in 2:13.24.

Placing for Whitman in the women's 200-yard freestyle were Erin Drew, 15th, 2:18.60; Stefanie Bergh, 20th, 2:21.28; Heidi Buettner, 21st, 2:26.06; Katie Imberg, 22nd, 2:26.76; and Emily Locke, 26th, 2:44.90. Locke also placed 19th in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:10.73. Ali Austin finished 16th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:20.27.



Monday, January 15

Women: Whitman 123, Puget Sound 77
Men: Puget Sound 118, Whitman 62

The University of Puget Sound women, winners of the past four Northwest Conference titles, left several of their best swimmers home Monday and they paid the price, losing a 123-77 dual meet decision to Whitman in the Sherwood Center pool.

"Puget Sound just got back from a trip to California, and they left some people home to rest," first-year Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "For us, it's still wonderful to beat them. My understanding is that this is Whitman's first-ever win over Puget Sound in a dual meet."

The victory evened the Whitman women's NWC dual meet record at 2-2.

In the men's meet Monday, the Puget Sound men prevailed for a 118-62 victory over the Missionaries. The UPS men also are the defending conference champions.

Senior Annie Findlay, junior Audrey Gardiner and freshmen Katherine Oglietti and Erin Drew won individual events to spark the Whitman women to their victory. The Missionaries also won both relay events.

Senior Tucker Jackson, junior Aric Jarrett and freshman Owen Unbehaun picked up individual wins for Whitman in the men's meet. Jackson and Jarrett also teamed with junior Art Ridle and senior newcomer Anthony Eames to nab an exhibition victory in the afternoon's final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time, 1:35.29, was Whitman's best thus far this season in that event.

Findlay was a decisive winner in the women's 200-yard medley in 2:23.28, missing her season-best time by less a half second. Gardiner won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.14, nipping Puget Sound's Kate Shaw who finished in 1:07.28.

Oglietti captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.97, her season-best time, while Findlay was second in 1:14.82. Oglietti's time moved her into fifth place on Whitman's all-time best- times list for the 100-yard breaststroke.

Drew, Whitman's other freshman winner in the individual events, clocked a 12:26.47 in swimming the 1,000-yard freestyle for the first time this season. Two of her teammates, sophomores Heidi Buettner and Ali Austin, placed second and third respectively.

Oglietti and Gardner teamed with senior Heather Kelly and sophomore Sonja Lapinksi to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:52.09, which was a season-best effort for Whitman. They outswam a second Missionary team -- Sarah Peterson, Julie Curtis, Katie Imberg and Emily Baker -- by 1.7 seconds.

Lapinski and Peterson, who were competing in their first meet, were also part of Whitman's winning team in the 200-yard medley relay. They teamed with Gardiner and Findlay to win that race in 2:40.11.

Two Missionaries, Kelly and sophomore Danielle McClenahan, registered a pair of second-place performances in individual events.

Kelly was second in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, where her time (1:06.36) was a season-best effort for the Missionaries. Lapinski was third in the backstroke event in 1:08.94, while Buettner lowered her best-time by more than three seconds to 1:12.76.

McClenahan was second in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. Stefanie Bergh, another of Whitman's many freshmen women, was third and Drew fourth in the freestyle.

Curtis, a senior also swimming in her first meet of the season, placed second in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.34 seconds, which came within six one-hundredths of a second of Whitman's best time in that event this season. Baker, another newcomer, finished third while Emily Locke was fourth.

In the men's competition. Whitman's Jackson came close to matching his season-best effort in winning the 50-yard freestyle in 22.18 seconds, beating his nearest competitor by more than 2.5 seconds. "Tucker might have had a better time against stronger competition," Blomme said. "But Puget Sound also left their best men's sprinter home. We're hoping Tucker can get below 22 seconds before too long."

Given the past two weeks of heavy training, Blomme was pleased when any of her swimmers came close to their season-best times on Monday. "It was a wonderful surprise, both for me and them, when some of them swam their best times," she said. "We've been training very, very hard, so they were swimming very, very tired today."

Because the competition was lacking in the freestyle sprints, Jackson tried the 100-yard backstroke as his second individual event, placing second in 59.28. Puget Sound's Justin Brooks was the winner in 58.06, while Whitman's Ridle was third in 1:02.57, his season-best time.

Jarrett, a junior, won the men's 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.17, while freshman Owen Unbehaun took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.13.

Unbehaun, Jarrett and Ridle, along with senior Anthony Eames, nearly gave the Missionary men a second relay victory in the 200-yard medley. They finished in 1:51.46, less than a second behind Puget Sound's winning quartet.

Whitman sophomore Zach Seeley placed second in two individual events, the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. His times in both events were season-best efforts.


Friday, January 19

Women: Willamette 110, Whitman 96
Men: Willamette 109, Whitman 60

Annie Findlay won two individual events and Heather Kelly swam her season-best time in winning a third event, but the Whitman women's swim team fell a little short at Willamette Friday night, dropping a 110-96 dual meet decision.

In the men's dual meet, Whitman's Tucker Jackson won two more individual events, giving him 45 victories in 51 races over the past four years, but Willamette again finished on top in the team scoring, 109-60.

Findlay won the women's 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.16 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:39.03. Kelly won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:23.27, slicing about 4.5 seconds off her previous best time this season. Kelly added a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle, lowering her season-best time by more than one second to 2:08.91.

Whitman also won one of the two relay events, capturing the 200-yard medley. Sonja Lapinski, Katherine Oglietti, Audrey Gardiner and Sarah Peterson finished in 2:03.54, a season-best mark for the Missionaries.

Findlay, Kelly, Peterson and Lapinksi placed second in the 400-yard freestyle in 4:01.48, which knocked more than 10 seconds off Whitman's previous best time in that event this season.

Whitman's Danielle McClenahan finished second in two events, the 200-yard breaststroke (2:44.65) and 500-yard freestyle (5:56.17). Her time in the breaststroke was her best yet this season.

Also placing second for the Whitman women were Peterson in the 50-yard freestyle and Gardiner in the 200-yard butterfly. Peterson's time in the freestyle sprint was the fastest this season for any Whitman swimmer.

In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, freshman Stefanie Bergh chopped a minute off her previous best, placing third in 20:30.41. Erin Drew, also a freshman, lowered her time by more than 26 seconds, placing fourth in 21:08.25.

Jackson had little competition in winning his two freestyle events in the men's dual meet. He won the 50-yard race by almost a full second, finishing in 22.34, and his winning time in the 100-yard race (48.91) was almost 1.5 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

Jackson also teamed with Anthony Eames, Art Riddle and Aric Jarrett for a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle. Their time (3:33.30) was a new season-best for the Missionary men by more than eight seconds.

With freshman Owen Unbehaun replacing Jackson, Whitman also placed second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.97.

Riddle and Unbehaun swam season-best times while finishing second in two individual events. Riddle's 2:21.20 time in 200-yard backstroke was an improvement of nearly nine seconds. Unbehaun's time in the 200-yard breaststroke was 2:30.67.

Whitman's Zach Seeley also lowered his season-best time in the 200-yard individual medley. His time was 2:25.06.


Saturday, January 20

Women: Pacific Lutheran 123, Whitman 83
Men: Pacific Lutheran 138, Whitman 54

Annie Findlay won her third and fourth individual events of the weekend, and Heather Kelly added her second victory in two days, as the Whitman women's swim team dropped a 123-83 dual-meet decision at Pacific Lutheran University Saturday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash.

In the men's dual meet Saturday, Whitman's Tucker Jackson notched his third triumph of the weekend, winning the 100-yard freestyle, while Owen Unbehaun won the 100-yard breaststroke. In the men's team scoring, Pacific Lutheran registered a 138-54 victory.

Findlay won the women's 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.84 and the 100-yard freestyle in 58.80. Her time in the freestyle was the best this season for a Whitman swimmer in that event. Meanwhile, Kelly won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.20, slicing seven-tenths of a second from her previous best time, which she swam the night before at Willamette.

Kelly finished a close second in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:06.79, losing by less than four-tenths of a second to PLU's Jennifer Jennings. Other near victors for the Whitman women were Katherine Oglietti, who tied for second place in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.88 (less than two-tenths of a second out of first place), and Sarah Peterson, whose season-best 27.63 in the 50-yard freestyle was a half-second behind the winner.

Also placing second for Whitman were Erin Drew in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:48.07), Danielle McClenahan in the 500-yard freestyle (6:03.56), and Audrey Gardiner in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.13).

The Missionary women also took second in both relay events. Julie Curtis, Katie Imberg, Stacy Legg and Emily Baker lowered Whitman's season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay to 1:49.99. In the 200-yard medley, the quartet of Findlay, Gardiner, Peterson and Peterson was clocked a 2:04.79.

In the men's meet, Jackson was an easy winner in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.85. In the 200-yard freestyle, Jackson suffered one of his rare defeats over the past four years, placing second to PLU's Richard Cromwell in the 200-yard freestyle. Cromwell won the race in 1:47.36, one of the top times posted this season in the conference.

Jackson also teamed with Anthony Eames, Art Riddle and Aric Jarrett for a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.63. With Owen Unbehaun replacing Jackson in the 200-yard medley relay, Whitman again took second, this time in 1:53.18.

Unbehaun's winning time in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:09.11, defeating his nearest competitor by more than a second and a half.

Whitman's Zach Seeley lowered his season-best times in placing third in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.79) and the 500-yard freestyle (6:04.50). His time in the individual medley marked an improvement of nearly seven seconds.

Rob Bechtloff added a season-best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle, placing fourth in 12:50.46, an improvement more than 10 seconds.


Friday, February 2

University of Washington Open
King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Whitman's Tucker Jackson swam his fastest time of the season in Friday night's consolation final of 50-yard freestyle, placing 11th overall, at the University of Washington Open at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Jackson was clocked in 21.70 seconds in the consolation final, a slight improvement over the 21.71 in swam in the morning preliminaries. By posting the 11th best-time in the preliminary heats, Jackson qualified for the consolation final, which was for swimmers who placed between ninth and 16th in the preliminaries.

"Tucker's evening time was only a small improvement from his morning swim, but it was actually a much much swim, both mechanically and competitively," first-year Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

Of the ten swimmers who finished ahead of Jackson, six were competing for the host University of Washington squad.

Tucker set Whitman's school record for the 50-yard freestyle at 21.40 seconds in 1999. If he can break that record later this month at the Northwest Conference championships, he will at least meet the provisional qualifying time (21.39) for the NCAA Div. III national championships.

Swimmers who make provisional qualifying times may eventually get a berth at the national championships, depending on how many swimmers meet the automatic qualifying times in their events. The automatic qualifying standard for the 50 freestyle is 20.69 seconds.

Jackson never lost a 50-yard freestyle race during his four years of dual meet competition at Whitman.

The University of Washington Open typically attracts over 65 teams from seven states on both the collegiate and club level. The competition continues through Sunday. Jackson also plans to compete in Saturday's 200-yard freestyle event.


Saturday, February 3

University of Washington Open
King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Competing in the Saturday morning preliminaries of 200-yard freestyle, Whitman's Tucker Jackson knocked more than 1.6 seconds of his season-best time on day three of the University of Washington Open at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Jackson's time -- 1:47.53 -- placed him 32nd in the highly competitive meet and fell short of moving the Missionary senior into the evening finals. The UW Open typically attracts over 65 teams from seven states on both the collegiate and club level.

"This was almost a two-second drop for Tucker in his season-best time, so he was happy with that," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It's been fun being part of such a large meet, and this will help Tucker get ready for the conference championships later this month.

Jackson's Saturday time is the sixth-best 200 freestyle time posted this season by an NWC swimmer. The top conference time so far is 1:45.23.

Whitman's school record in the 200-yard freestyle is 1:43.49, set in 1996 by Nathan Engman. This year's provisional qualifying mark for the event is 1:42.79.

Jackson also qualified for Sunday's 100-yard freestyle, but he decided not to compete in that event because of time constraints and the need to return campus.


Northwest Conference Championships

Thursday, Feb. 15 (morning preliminaries)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Whitman's Tucker Jackson took the first step toward regaining his title in the 50-yard freestyle as the Northwest Conference Championships got underway Thursday morning at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Jackson had the morning's best qualifying time in 22.19 seconds. Willamette's B.J. Wright (22.24) and Puget Sound's Andrew Caruthers (22.27) were close behind.

Jackson and swimmers with the next seven best times will compete in the event's championship finals tonight. Now a senior, Jackson won the 50-yard freestyle title two years ago as a sophomore. He missed last spring's NWC championships while studying in Australia.

Jackson's school record in the 50 freestyle, set in 1999, is 21.40 seconds. His best time this season is 21.70, which he registered two weeks ago at the University of Washington Open.

Whitman senior Annie Findlay also made a big splash Thursday morning, clocking the sixth-best time in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley. Her time was 2:20.07, her season-best effort by nearly three seconds. She will compete in tonight's championship finals.

Katie Imberg, a Missionary freshman, also swam in the preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley, placing 16th in 2:32.90. She will compete in tonight's consolation finals, which is for swimmers who placed between ninth and 16th. Other Whitman women who swam in the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley were Sophia LaHusen Bair, 18th, 2:36.07, and Stacy Legg, 21st, 2:45.49.

Whitman senior Sarah Peterson came close to qualifying for the finals of the women's 50- yard freestyle. Peterson's season-best time was 26.69, which tied her for 10th place after the qualifying heats.

Both Peterson and a second Missionary senior, Julie Curtis, will swim in tonight's consolation finals. Curtis swam a season-best time of 27.47 to place 16th.

Other Missionary women who swam in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries were Sonja Lapinski, 19th, 27.83; Audrey Gardiner, 22nd, 28.31; Katherine Oglietti, 24th, 28.54; and Emily Baker, 28th, 30.09.

Two Missionaries, sophomore Zach Seeley and senior Rob Bechtloff, will swim in tonight's consolation finals of the men's 200-yard individual medley. Seeley placed 13th in the morning preliminaries, lowering his season-best time by more than four seconds to 2:14.43. Bechtloff placed 15th in 2:31.38.

Bechtloff knocked more than 21 seconds off his season-best time in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing 19th in 5:41.02. In the women's 500-yard freestyle, freshman Stefanie Bergh placed 18th in 5:59.03. Finishing close behind, in spots 19-21, were teammates Erin Drew in 6:10.92, Heidi Buettner in 6:11.37, and Ali Austin in 6:12.43.

Other competitiors for Whitman in the preliminaries of the men's 50-yard freestyle were Aric Jarrett, 22nd, 23.91; Anthony Eames, 26th, 24.54; Art Riddle, 27th, 24.60; and Owen Unbehaun, 29th, 25.86.


Northwest Conference Championships

Thursday, Feb. 15 (evening finals)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

The opening day of the Northwest Conference Championships ended on a happy note for Whitman senior Tucker Jackson, who regained the 50-yard freestyle title he lost a year ago by default.

Jackson won Thursday night's final in a season-best time of 21.62 seconds. Willamette's B.J. Wright was the runner-up in 22.02 seconds.

Jackson won his first NWC title in the 50 free two years as a sophomore. He missed last spring's conference championships while studying in Australia.

"Tucker was the only swimmer to break 22 seconds all day," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It's really too bad there wasn't someone who could have pushed him a little more."

Jackson's winning time wasn't quite as fast as he wanted, however. The provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Div. III National Championships is 21.39 seconds. His Whitman school record in the event, set in 1999, is 21.40 seconds. "Tucker can still swim a time trial in the 50 later this weekend, if he wants to try to qualify for nationals that way," Blomme said.

Annie Findlay, also a senior, posted Whitman's next best individual performance in Thursday's finals. She swam a season-best 2:19.63 to place sixth in the 200-yard individual medley. Her time wasn't quite as fast as what she swam last year in placing ninth.

"Annie was a little disappointed she didn't go faster, but it was still a great swim," Blomme said. "Her best event, really, is the 400-yard individual medley, which is yet to come."

Katie Imberg, a Whitman freshman, also competed in Thursday's 200-yard individual medley, placing 15th in a season-best time of 2:30.78.

Seniors Sarah Peterson and Julie Curtis, who joined the Whitman swim team for the first time in January, were the biggest Missionary surprises Thursday. Peterson came within two one-hundredths of a second of winning the consolation finals of the 50-yard freestyle. She placed 10th overall in a 26.85 seconds. Curtis finished 16th in 27.73.

In the men's 200-yard individual medley, Whitman sophomore Zach Seeley placed 13th in 2:14.84, just a shade slower than the season-best time he clocked in the morning preliminaries. Teammate Rob Bechtloff hit a season-best time (2:29.60) in placing 15th.

Whitman teams placed sixth in both the men's and women's 400-yard individual medley, but Blomme was enthused by the times contributed by each of her swimmers. "Each of our swimmers dropped significant time from their strokes, which bodes well for the rest of the individual events."

Jackson teamed with Aric Jarrett, Art Riddle and Owen Unbehaun to finish the 400 medley relay in 3:50.26, a season-best effort for Whitman by more than 14 seconds.

In the women's 400 medley relay, Findlay joined with Heather Kelly, Audrey Gardiner and Sonja Lapinski to knock 10 seconds of Whitman's season-best effort. Their time was 4:27.09.

Missionary quartets also placed sixth in the men's and women's 200-yard freestyle relays, lowering Whitman's season-best times by about two seconds in both cases. Jackson, Jarrett, Riddle and Anthony Eames were timed in 1:33.35. Gardiner, Lapinsk, Peterson and Curtis finished in 1:48.90.


Northwest Conference Championships

Friday, Feb. 16 (morning preliminaries)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

After posting the second-best time in the morning preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley, Whitman senior Annie Findlay will swim in tonight's finals when the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships resume at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Findlay swam a career-best 4:54.64 in her preliminary heat. It was her season-best time by more than eight seconds. Only Whitworth's Erin Kay had a better time (4:42.64) in this morning's qualifying races.

In the men's competition, Whitman senior Tucker Jackson swam the fourth-best time in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle. His 1:46.85 time was his season-best effort.

Findlay and Jackson aren't the only Missionaries who advanced to Friday's championship finals, which are for swimmers with the eight-best times in each event.

Two Whitman women made the finals of the 100-yard backstroke. Senior Heather Kelly had the fifth-best time (1:06.11) in the preliminaries while sophomore Sonja Lapinski placed eighth in 1:06.91. Freshman Katie Imberg just missed the championships finals, placing ninth in 106.84. Imberg will swim in tonight's consolation finals. All three women swam season-best times.

Kelly also made the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle, placing 15th in 2:09.40.

Katherine Oglietti, another Missionary freshman, made a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, advancing to the finals with the morning's fifth-best time (1:12.56). Her time vaulted Oglietti from fifth to second on Whitman's all-time list in that event.

Aric Jarrett, a senior, also qualified for tonight's championship finals in the 100-yard butterfly. His time was a season-best 56.94.

Two more Missionaries came within one place of qualifying for the championship finals in their events. Junior Audrey Gardiner placed ninth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.74, while Art Riddle finished in the same spot in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.32. Both Gardiner and Riddle will compete in tonight's consolation finals. Gardiner will be joined in her consolation race by teammates Sophia LaHusen Bair, who placed 12th in 1:08.43, and Sarah Peterson, who finished 16th in 1:11.10.

Danielle McClenahan also came close to qualifying for the championship finals in the 100-yard breaststroke. She placed 10th in 1:17.41 to advance to the consolation finals. Stacy Legg also advanced by posting the 11th-best time (1:18.90).

McClenahan made the consolation finals of a second event, the 400-yard individual medley. Her time in the preliminaries was 5:17.13, placing her 13th.

Three Missionary men advanced to the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke. Owen Unbehaun was 11th in 1:07.95, one spot ahead of Zach Seeley and his 1:08.19 time. Anthony Eames placed 14th in 1:10.38.

Other Friday morning results for the Whitman women were Julie Curtis, 18th, 1:30.06, in the 100-yard breaststroke; Ali Austin, 19th, 1:19.51, and Emily Baker, 20th, 1:27.87, in the 100-yard butterfly; Heidi Buettner, 22nd, 1:15.01, and Ellen Klobucher, 23rd, 1:16.29, in the 100-yard backstroke; and Stefanie Bergh, 25th, 2:17.90, and Erin Drew, 26th, 2:17.91, in the 200-yard freestyle.


Northwest Conference Championships

Friday, Feb. 16 (evening finals)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Whitman's Annie Findlay swam a career-best time to place second in the 400-yard individual medley Friday night at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Findlay, a senior, finished in 4:52.95, almost two seconds faster than what she swam in the morning preliminaries. Unfortunately for Findlay, Erin Kay of Whitworth set a new NWC championship record in the finals, winning the event in 4:39.35.

"That was a great swim and great time for Annie," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It was exciting to see her do so well."

Findlay placed fourth in the 400-yard individual medley at last year's conference meet. Her career-best time Friday night is the fourth best time ever recorded by a Missionary woman.

In the men's meet Friday night, Tucker Jackson placed third in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:45.82. Willamette's Brady Childs won the race in 1:43.48, while Pacific Lutheran's Richard Cromwell edged Jackson for second place with a time of 1:45.70.

Jackson, who won Thursday's 50-yard freestyle, also placed third in the 200-yard freestyle two years in the NWC championships. He missed last year's conference meet while studying in Australia.

Heather Kelly, also a senior, gave the Missionaries in a fifth-place finish Friday night in the finals of the 100-yard backstroke in a career-best 1:05.51. That moves her from 10th to eighth place on Whitman's all-time list for the event.

Sophomore Sonja Lapinski also swam in the finals of 100-yard backstroke, placing seventh in a career-best 1:06.65. Freshman Katie Imberg competed in the consolation finals, placing 10th overall in 1:07.36.

Katherine Oglietti, another Missionary freshman, placed sixth in the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, lowering her season-best time to 1:12.23. Oglietti is No. 2 on Whitman's all-time list. "Katherine had another great swim, especially for a freshman," Blomme said. "Her future looks very, very bright."

Whitman's Danielle McClenahan and Stacy Legg swam in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 10th and 12th, respectively. Their season-best times were 1:17.25 and 1:18.60.

Aric Jarrett placed eighth for Whitman in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.41.

Freshman Owen Unbehaun led three Missionary men to season-best times in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke. Unbehaun placed 11th overall in 1:06.76. Zach Seeley was 12th in 1:08.19, and Anthony Eames was 15th in 1:10.38.

Three Whitman women placed in the consolation finals of the 100-yard butterfly. Audrey Gardiner was 10th in 1:06.52, just two one-hundredths of a second out of ninth place. Sophia LaHusen Bair dropped her best time to 1:08.14, placing 12th, while Sarah Peterson finished 16th in 1:10.70.

Others placing in the consolation finals for Whitman were Art Riddle, 11th in the 100- yard backstroke in 1:01.86; Heather Kelly, 12th in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 2:07.88; and Danielle McClenahan, 12th in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:13.91.

Whitman's best relay performance Friday night came courtesy of the women in the 200- yard medley. Kelly, Findlay, Gardiner and Peterson placed fifth in 2:02.08, a season-best effort for the Missionaries.

In the men's 200-yard medley relay, the foursome of Riddle, Unbehaun, Jarrett and Jackson placed sixth, dropping Whitman's season-best time by almost five seconds to 1:46.64.

Both Whitman relay teams finished sixth in the 800-yard freestyle. Freshman Stefanie Bergh teamed with Findlay, Kelly and Peterson to finish in 8:47.24. Rob Bechtloff joined with Seeley, Unbehaun and Eames to clock an 8:19.23.

With one day of competition remaining, Puget Sound led the women's standings with 523.50 points. Whitworth was second with 466.50 points. Whitman was in sixth place with 227 points, just 4.5 points behind fifth-place Pacific Lutheran.

Whitworth held a slim lead in the men's standings with 430 points. Puget Sound was second with 400 points. Whitman was in sixth place with 176 points.


Northwest Conference Championships

Saturday, Feb. 17 (morning preliminaries)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Whitman senior Tucker Jackson staked an early claim to his second Northwest Conference title in three days, posting the best time in Saturday morning's preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle at the conference championships at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Jackson swam a season-best 47.97 seconds, almost a full second ahead of his nearest competitor. He advances to the evening finals, hoping to reclaim the 100-yard freestyle title he won two years ago as a sophomore. He missed last spring's NWC championships while studying abroad.

Jackson's school record in the 100-yard freestyle is 47.07 seconds. He needs to finish below 47 seconds in tonight's finals to meet the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Div. III national championships.

In the women's preliminaries Saturday morning, Whitman's Heather Kelly swam a career-best 2:20.78 to place sixth in the 200-yard backstroke.

A third Missionary, senior Annie Findlay, qualified for the championship finals of 200-yard breaststroke, placing seventh in a season-best 2:38.49.

Audrey Gardiner just missed a spot in the championship finals of the 200-yard butterfly. She placed ninth in 2:31.21 and will compete in tonight's consolation finals. She will be joined in that race by teammate Sophia LaHusen Bair, who placed 12th in the preliminaries in 2:38.12.

Freshman Owen Unbehaun came close to making the championship finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. He finished 10th in 2:26.57, his season-best effort. Unbehaun will be joined in the consolation finals by teammates Zach Seeley and Anthony Eames, who placed 12th and 13th, respectively, in 2:29.00 and 2:33.83.

Art Riddle and Rob Bechtloff were two more Missionaries who nearly the made the top eight in their event. Competing in the 200-yard backstroke, Riddle was 10th in a season-best 2:21.00. Bechtloff was 11th in 2:31.43.

Three Whitman women will swim in the consolation finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Katherine Oglietti was 10th in 2:40.28, Danielle McClenahan was 12th in 2:45.75, and Stacy Legg was 15th in 2:53.25.

Whitman's Sarah Peterson clocked a season-best 59.58 to place 15th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. Katie Imberg also had the 15th-best time in her event, the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:28.41. Aric Jarrett was 16th in the men's 100-yard freestyle in 51.57.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Sonja Lapinski and Ellen Klobucher placed 18th and 21st, respectively, in 2:31.90 and 2:41.38.

Julie Curtis was 21st and Emily Baker 24th in the 100-yard freestyle. Their times were 1:03.69 and 1:06.04.


Northwest Conference Championships

Saturday, Feb. 17 (evening finals)
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Two days after reclaiming his Northwest Conference title in the 50-yard freestyle, Whitman senior Tucker Jackson did the same in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday night, winning that event as the conference championships came to a close at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Jackson swam a season-best 47.23 seconds to win the 100-yard freestyle by a decisive margin. His nearest competitor finished more than a second behind.

Jackson first won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle titles two years as a sophomore. He missed the NWC championships last year while studying abroad.

In other results Saturday night, Annie Findlay placed fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:36.52. Heather Kelly posted a career-best time, 2:20.11, in placing sixth in the 200-yard backstroke.