Women: Whitman 107.5, Lewis & Clark 95.5
Men: Whitman 97, Lewis & Clark 43
Proving victorious in their first dual meet of the season, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams were big winners Friday night at Lewis & Clark in Portland.
The men's squad soundly defeated the Pioneers 97-43, winning six of the eight contested races. The Whitman women placed first in seven different races, downing the home team 107.5-95.5.
Senior captain Aric Jarrett won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, as well as anchoring Whitman to victory in the men's 200-yard freestyle relay. Jarrett won the 50 free in 24.39 seconds, then finished nearly 15 seconds ahead of his opponent in the butterfly, winning that race in 1:00.72. Joining Jarrett on the winning relay team, which finished in an unopposed time of 1:38.74, were his younger brother Keith, Art Riddle and Ben Miller.
Miller won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:00.04, while Keith Jarrett won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.86.
Whitman's Owen Unbehaun won the 100-yard breastroke in 1:09.07. Junior captain Zach Seeley was a close second at 1:10.22.
Riddle, Seeley, Unbehaun and Keith Jarrett also placed first in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:50:55.
The women's star was freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran, who won two races in her first collegiate dual meet. An easy winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.83, she edged two of her teammates in winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:24.98. Sophomore Katie Billings, swimming this winter for the first time, was second in 1:25.55, while sophomore Stefanie Bergh was third in 1:25.60.
Jinbo-Doran also swam a leg on a victorious 200-yard medley relay team that included Katie Imberg, Audrey Gardiner and Katherine Oglietti. Their time was 2:04.30.
Gardiner, the team's senior captain, finished first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.50. She also led the Missionary 200-yard freestyle relay team to victory in a time of 1:51.36. Her teammates in that race were Oglietti, Imberg and freshman Krystin Vytlacil.
Bergh won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:53.15, and freshman Lyndsay Brady won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:06.61.
The two teams travel to McMinnville on Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet at Northwest Conference opponent Linfield College.
Women: Linfield 144, Whitman 57
Men: Linfield 144, Whitman 30
The team scores were lopsided in favor of host Linfield, but the Whitman men's and women's swim teams produced a few Missionary highlights in a Northwest Conference dual meet Saturday afternoon in McMinnville. The Whitman women fell to the Wildcats 144-57, while the men's tally favored Linfield 144-30.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran, a Whitman freshmen, won two races for the women, outracing the competition in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke. Her time in the breaststroke was 2:35.98, almost nine seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Her time also moved her into third place on Whitman's all-time Top Ten list for the 200-yard breaststroke. Annie Findlay, who graduated last spring, is No. 2 on the list (2:35.86). The Whitman school record (2:30.71) was set in 1996 by Abby Hulme.
Jinbo-Doran also was a clear-cut winner in Saturday's 200-yard individual medley. She finished in 2:25.04, almost five seconds in front of the runner-up.
Katherine Oglietti finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.12, less than a second behind the top finisher from Linfield.
Oglietti and Jinbo-Doran teamed with Audrey Gardiner and Katie Imberg to place second in the 400-yard medley relay. Their time was 4:30.79.
For the Whitman men, three Missionaries placed second in their individual events. Junior captain Zach Seeley swam the 200-yard butterfly in 2:27.53, sophomore Owen Unbehaun posted a 2:31.96 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and freshman Ben Miller finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:28.45.
Seeley and Miller joined forces with brothers Aric and Keith Jarrett to place second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Their time was 3:43.16.
Both teams were slowed by injury at the meet. Gardiner, a senior captain on the women's team, was forced to the sidelines midway through the meet with back pain. Senior Art Riddle withdrew from the men's races with a nagging shoulder injury. Both players hope to return after the holiday break.
The teams return to action Friday, Nov. 30, at the Northwest Invite hosted by Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
Freshman Ben Miller placed 11th in the 500-yard freestyle, cutting more than 14 seconds off his time from earlier in the season, to give Whitman its best showing Friday evening as the eight-team Northwest Conference Invitational got underway at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
Miller finished his 500 in 5:46.41. “That was a good time for Ben, and he will continue to get better,” Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.
Another Whitman freshman, Garth Brand, made his collegiate debut in the 500, swimming his first race after being sideline since last summer with a broken arm and subsequent complications. Brand placed 12th in 6:16.97, a slow but not unexpected time. "His time will drop as he gets back into shape," Blomme said. "We're just glad to have him back in the water."
On the women's side, freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran placed 11th in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:28.46. Her time was about five seconds slower than what she swam last month in a dual meet against Lewis & Clark.
"If you look at our times so far, we're not swimming particularly fast, but we were not expecting to do that," Blomme said. "We've had an incredibly tough week of training and didn't rest at all for this meet. This is an important time of the year to do a lot of training, so we came into this meet very tired."
In the men's 50-yard freestyle, freshman Keith Jarrett placed 13th in 23.92. Aric Jarrett was 18th in 24.44 and Art Riddle 22nd in 25.45.
Freshman Lindsay Brady placed 14th in the women's 500 free in 6:06.55, just a shade under the time she clocked last month. Because the team as a whole was swimming tired, Blomme said, "that was a good time for Lindsay."
Others swimming the women's 500 were Stefanie Bergh, who was 21st in 6:22.59, and Ellen Klobucher, who was 25th in 6:31.06.
Katherine Oglietti finished 18th in the women's 50 free in 28.27. Others in the race for Whitman were Audrey Gardiner, 23rd, 28.87; Kristyn Vytlacil, 24th, 28.95; and Katie Billings, 28th, 30.07.
Senior Jamie Nowlin, hoping to compete for the first time this season, missed Friday's events because of illness. "We hopes she recovers in time for Saturday," Blomme said.
Whitman freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran turned a few heads Saturday at the Northwest Invitational, placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Jinbo-Doran already had one of the top times in the Northwest Conference in the 200-yard event, and her time Saturday (2:37.28) was more than a second slower than what she clocked in her first collegiate meet last month. Pacific Lutheran's Annika Nelson won Saturday's 200 in 2:36.04.
Jinbo-Doran made her biggest splash Saturday in the 100-yard breaststroke, lowering her time from last month by more than 11 seconds to 1:13.56. That time moved her into sixth place on Whitman's all-time list top times list for that event.
"That was our first really great swim of the meet," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Her time will continue to drop a great deal, I think, as Alexis gets further into the season."
Sophomore Katherine Oglietti, who posted a 1:12.23 last season in the 100-yard breaststroke to move into second-place on Whitman's all-time list, placed ninth in Saturday's race in 1:17.56. "That wasn't a great time for Katherine, but she's working on her stroke and I'm sure her time will continue to come down," Blomme said.
Oglietti also swam in Saturday's 200-yard breaststroke, placing seventh in 2:46.55.
Art Riddle gave Whitman its best showing on the men's side, placing fifth in 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.19. Freshmen Ben Miller and Garth Brand placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in times of 2:21.99 and 2:40.46. Miller's time was a drop of more than six seconds from last month.
Brand actually placed fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 21:54.27, but there were only four competitors in that event. The meet was the first of the season for Brand, who has been sidelined for several months with a broken arm. "It was an impressive show of spirit and determination by Garth," Blomme said.
In the men's 100-yard backstroke, Riddle finished in 1:03.51 to place eighth, followed by Miller in 10th in 1:07.08.
Senior Audrey Gardiner gave Whitman a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:33.92. She added a 12th place showing in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:09.46.
Freshman Lindsay Brady knocked about 16 seconds off her previous best time in the 1,650-yard freestyle, placing sixth in 21:03.15. Ellen Klobucher was 11th in 23:17.88.
Brady placed 16th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:20.24. Klobucher was 17th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:16.95.
Freshman Keith Jarrett was seventh in 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.88) and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle (52.47). Aric Jarrett was ninth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.14) and 13th in the 100-yard freestyle (53.22).
Katie Imberg placed 13th in both the 100-yard backstroke (1:10.36) and 200-yard backstroke (2:35.43.
Others competing Saturday for Whitman were Stefanie Bergh, 13th in 200-yard breaststroke (3:00.30) and 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:27.06); Katie Billings, 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.63); and Kristin Vytlacil, 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.75) and 20th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:04.72).
Men: Occidental 117, Whitman 102
Women: Occidental 169, Whitman 69
With Owen Unbehaun winning a pair of individual events, the Whitman men's swim team came close to knocking off Occidental in its home pool in a Friday afternoon dual meet in Los Angeles. The Tigers won eight of 12 individual events, however, to post a 117-102 victory in the men's scoring. Occidental dominated the women's dual meet, winning 169 to 69.
Unbehaun, a sophomore, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.18 and took the 50-yard breaststroke in 31.94 seconds. Other individual event winners for the Whitman men were freshman Keith Jarrett in the 50-yard freestyle (23.50) and senior Art Riddle in 100-yard backstroke (1:01.17). The times for Jarrett and Riddle were season-best efforts for both swimmers.
The Whitman men also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:39.47. Who swam the relay for Whitman was not immediately available.
Whitman's only winner in the women's competition was freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran, who won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.97. That time was within four-tenths of a second of her season-best clocking.
Friday's dual meets were Whitman's first competition in more than a month.
Jinbo-Doran added a second-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 5:15.18. Sophomore Katie Imberg finished second in two events, the 100-yard backstroke (1:12.96) and 50-yard backstroke (32.19).
Others placing second for the Whitman women were sophomore Katherine Oglietti in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.50), freshman Kristyn Vytlacil in 100-yard freestyle (1:04.45), and sophomore Stefanie Bergh in the 1,650-yard freestyle (22:03.05).
Keith Jarrett and Art Riddle, in addition to winning one event apiece, both added a second-place finish. Jarrett was second in the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 51.88, while Riddle was second in the 50-yard backstroke in 28.48.
Senior Aric Jarrett and junior Zach Seeley both placed second in two events. Jarrett was the runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.97) and 50-yard butterfly (26.85). Seeley was second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.03) and 400-yard individual medley (5:09.01).
Garth Brand, a Whitman freshman who missed most of the fall semester season because of injury, placed second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 19:52.62, knocking more than two minutes off the time he swam at his first meet in early December.
Brand also placed third in the 500-yard freestyle, trimming about 28 seconds off his December time to finish in 5:49.14.
Others Whitman swimmers and their best showings were freshman Lindsay Brady (third in 1,650-yard freestyle), freshman Ben Miller (third in the 100-yard freestyle & 100-yard backstroke), sophomore Ellen Klobucher (fourth in the 100-yard backstroke), and sophomore Katie Billings (fourth in the 200-yard freestyle & 100-yard freestyle).
Like Whitman, Occidental is an NCAA Div. III school. The Tigers compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Whitman senior Art Riddle clipped nearly three seconds off his season-best time in placing 20th in the 200-yard backstroke Saturday at the University of California-Irvine Invitational. Riddle finished in 2:16.42.
UC-Irvine is one of several NCAA Div. I schools competing in the meet, which includes a second day of competition on Sunday. Other large schools in the fray include the universities of Illinois, Nevada and Wyoming, as well as Colorado State, Fresno State, and San Diego State. Other small schools include Occidental, La Verne and Claremont.
Riddle also posted a good showing in the 100-yard backstroke, placing 22nd in 1:03.31. Freshman Garth Brand finished 26th in the event with a time of 1:04.63.
In the men's freestyle sprints, Whitman freshman Keith Jarrett came close to matching the season-best times he recorded Friday in a dual meet at Occidental College. Jarrett's times on Saturday were 52.09 in the 100-yard event, which placed him 27th among 53 competitors, and 23.94 in the 50-yard race, which was good for 40th among 70 swimmers.
In the women's competition Saturday, Whitman freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran swam in three events, placing as high as 34th in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:39.51. She was 54th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.93) and 75th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.25). The medley event included 107 swimmers.
Sophomore Owen Unbehaun had Whitman's highest finish of the day, placing 14th among 16 swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke. His time was 2:36.81.
Jarrett and Unbehaun placed 20th and 21st, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke. Jarrett's time was 1:12.31, while Unbehaun finished in 1:12.80. Zach Seeley, a junior, placed 24th in 1:13.93. The race included 28 swimmers.
Other competitors for the Whitman men were Aric Jarrett, who placed 29th in the 100-yard butterfly and 36th in the 100-yard freestyle, and Ben Miller, who finished 27th in the 200-yard backstroke and 33rd in the 100-yard backstroke.
Whitman's Katherine Oglietti placed 43rd in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:49.38. Teammates Stefanie Bergh and Kristyn Vytlacil finished 48th and 49th, respectively.
In the women's 200-yard backstroke, Katie Imberg placed 67th and Ellen Klobucher was 70th. In the 100-yard backstroke, it was Imberg in 89th, Sonja Lapinski in 91st, and Klobucher in 93rd. Imberg placed 93rd in the 200-yard individual medley, followed by Lindsay Brady in 94th and Klobucher in 95th.
Whitman's Katie Billings was 74th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Vytlacil was 77th and Bergh 78th.
Men: Whitman 92, Evergreen State 22
Women: Whitman 93, Evergreen State 77
Women: Cal State-Hayward 123, Whitman 71
An exhausting 10-day travel and training trip to southern California and back came to a close for the Whitman swim teams with a double dual meet Friday evening at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
The Whitman women downed Evergreen 93-77 but lost to Cal State-Hayward 127-71. Cal State also rolled past Evergreen 123-76.
Meanwhile, the Whitman men's team had relatively little competition. Cal State does not have a men's team, and Evergreen had just one male swimmer in the meet. The Missionaries eased their way to a 92-22 victory.
Coach Jenn Blomme and the Whitman squads headed to California on Jan. 2 and competed Jan. 4 in a dual meet at Occidental College and Jan. 5 in the University of California-Irvine Invitational. After that, the Missionaries continued their semester-break training in the Los Angeles area, departing by bus just in time to arrive in Olympia a few hours before Friday's dual meet.
"With all the training and travel, we were fairly exhausted for Friday's swims," Blomme said. "We were tired but still swimming pretty well, I thought. The training trip to California was fantastic. The training was great, and our attitudes were great."
In the men's competition Friday, sophomore Owen Unbehaun took first in the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 1:07.37.
Senior Aric Jarrett won two events, the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.90 and the 100-yard freestyle in 54.05. Jarrett's younger brother, Keith, won the 50-yard freestyle in 24:13.
Freshman Ben Miller won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:45.40, nipping teammate Zach Seeley, who was second in 5:46.20. Garth Brand, another freshman, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.86.
The two Jarretts teamed with Miller and Brand to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Keith Jarrett, Brand, Unbehaun and Seeley were the winners in the 200-yard medley relay.
In the women's competition, freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran had the day's best times in three events, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:42.25, the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.10, and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.47. Teammate Katherine Oglietti was second in the breaststroke event with a 1:16.16. The breaststroke times for both Whitman swimmers were season-best efforts.
Sonja Lapinski, who missed the fall semester while studying abroad, had the day's second-best time in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.83. She finished less than a half-second behind a Cal State-Hayward swinner. "Sonja is a real talent," Blomme said. "It's great to have her back."
Other Missionaries with second-best times were Katie Imberg in 100-yard butterfly (1:09.77) and freshman Lindsay Brady in the 500-yard freestyle (6:03.14). Brady lowered her season-best time by more than three seconds. Brady also finished third behind two Cal State-Hayward swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a 2:18.78.
Lapinski, Oglietti, Imberg and freshman Kristin Vytlacil won the 200-yard medley relay, but a false start on one of the legs resulted in a disqualification. The same four swimmers placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:53.15.
Women: Whitman 110, Willamette 82
Men: Willamette 81, Whitman 76
The Whitman swim teams nearly pulled off a sweep of Willamette in a Northwest Conference dual meet Friday evening in the Sherwood Center pool. The Missionary women outswam the Bearcats for the second time in three seasons, winning their dual meet scoring by a 110-82 margin. The Whitman men, short-handed due to the absence of senior Art Riddle, lost by just five points, 81-76.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Katie Billings and Katie Imberg powered the women's victory for Whitman.
Jinbo-Doran, a freshman, placed first in both the 200-yard individual medley (season-best 2:23.47) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.85). She also took second in the grueling 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:52.92.
Imberg, a sophomore, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.01, shaving more than two seconds off her previous-best time. Sonja Lapinski also swam a season-best time in the event, placing second in 1:08.93.
Billings won the 200-yard freestyle by three-tenths of a second, finishing the race in 2:21.67.
Katherine Oglietti swam her best time of the season in placing second in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.73 seconds. Oglietti also took second behind Jinbo-Doran in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:17.17.
Senior Audrey Gardiner lowered her season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly, placing second in 1:07.45. Also placing second for the Whitman women were Stefanie Bergh in the 500-yard freestyle (6:14.35) and Kristyn Vutlacil in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.95).
The Missionary women won both relay events. Imberg, Oglietti, Gardiner and Lapinski won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:05.24. Vytlacil joined Gardiner, Imberg and Lapinski to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:52.74.
For the men, Whitman's Aric Jarrett beat one of the fastest sprinters in the conference in the 200-yard freestyle. Jarrett, a senior, knocked more than two seconds off his season-best time to win the race in 1:55.34, beating Willamette's B.J. Rite.
Ben Miller, a freshman, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.20, out-touching a Willamette competitor at the end. It was Miller's best time of the season by more than nine seconds.
Miller also was an uncontested winner in the 1,000-yard freestyle. He lowered his season-best time by nearly 30 seconds to 13:03.50.
Owen Unbehaun won the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 1:06.65.
Freshman Keith Jarrett was a winner in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.45. That also was a season-best effort.
Garth Brand, another Whitman freshman, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.09. Aric Jarrett was the runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.89. Both Brand and Jarrett posted season-best times in those events.
Aric and Keith Jarrett, along with Miller and Brand, won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:35.88.
Women: PLU 121, Whitman 74
Men: PLU 137, Whitman 43
Owen Unbehaun and Katie Imberg were Whitman's only individual event winners as the Missionary swim team dropped dual meet decisions to Pacific Lutheran Saturday at the Sherwood Center pool.
Unbehaun, a sophomore, won the men's 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.37, his season-best time by more than three seconds. Imberg, also a sophomore, won the women's 200-yard backstroke in 2:30.89, lopping more than four seconds off her season-best clocking in that event.
In the team scoring, the PLU men rolled to a 137-43 victory, while the Lutes were winners in the women's scoring by a 121-74 count.
The Whitman women picked up one relay victory, winning the 400-yard medley in 4:38.75. Imberg teamed with Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Audrey Gardiner and Sonja Lapinski for the win.
Jinbo-Doran finished second in two events, the 400-yard individual medley (5:11.38) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:38.27). Her time in the 400 IM was a season-best by nearly four seconds.
Others placing second in events for the Whitman women were Gardiner in 200-yard butterfly (2:37.32), Katherine Oglietti in the 50-yard freestyle (28.51), Lapinski in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.97), and Lindsay Brady in the 1,650-yard freestyle (21:07.59).
Placing second for the Whitman men were Aric Jarrett in the 100-yard freestyle (52.77), Keith Jarrett in the 50-yard freestyle (23.86) and Garth Brand in the 1,650-yard freestyle (time not available).
Women: UPS 121, Whitman 73
Men: UPS 105, Whitman 61
Two Whitman freshmen and a sophomore notched individual event victories as the Missionary swim teams dropped dual meet decisions to Northwest Conference powerhouse Puget Sound Saturday afternoon in the Sherwood Center pool.
The Loggers won the men's dual meet 105-61 and were triumphant 121-73 in the women's competition.
Winners for the Whitman men were freshman Keith Jarrett, who touched out his Puget Sound opponent to win the 100-yard butterfly in 59.83, and sophomore Owen Unbehaun, who captured the 100-yard breaststroke by nearly four seconds, taking first in 1:06.96.
Freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran won the 200-yard individual medley for Whitman in 2:25.41. She also placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a season-best time of 1:11.78 and losing by eight one-hundredths of a second to Puget Sound's Michelle Rennie.
Jinbo-Doran's performance moved her into second place on Whitman's all-time list of best times for the 100-yard breaststroke. The school record, set in 1994 by Abby Hulme, is 1:09.47.
Jinbo-Doran also teamed with senior Audrey Gardiner and sophomores Katie Imberg and Sonja Lapinksi to win the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.73. It was a season-best time for Whitman in that relay event.
Gardiner added a season-best effort in placing second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.64. Sophomore Katherine Oglietti was second in 50-yard freestyle in 28.32. Oglietti placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:16.23.
Freshman Lindsay Brady lowered her season-best time in the 500-yard freestyle to 6:03.05, placing third.
In addition to winning the men's 100-yard butterfly, Whitman's Keith Jarrett was a strong second in the 50-yard freestyle. His time was a season-best 23.40.
Zach Seeley, a junior, knocked more than two seconds off his season-best time in placing second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.66. Garth Brand, a freshman, was second in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.78) and 500-yard freestyle (5:37.23).
Senior Art Riddle was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.81, while freshman Ben Miller was second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:00.52.
Women: Whitworth 145, Whitman 41
Men: Whitworth 124, Whitman 42
Nine of Whitman's 15 swimmers clocked season-best times, but but that wasn't enough to keep Whitworth from scoring a pair of victories over the Missionaries in Northwest Conference dual meet action Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash.
In the final regular season competition for both schools, Whitworth won the men's meet 124-42 and posted a 145-41 triumph in the women's meet. Whitworth, one of the stronger swim programs in the NWC, will host the conference championships in two weeks.
Whitman freshman Lindsay Brady had a big day, notching season-best times in two freestyle distance events. She placed second in the 1,650-yard freestyle, lowering her season-best time by more than 30 seconds to 20:28.63. She added a third-place showing at the 500-yard distance, finishing in 5:59.61.
Missionary sophomore Stefanie Bergh also had a season-best time in the 1,650, placing fourth in 20:58.79. Bergh was fifth in the 500 in 6:12.66, while freshman Kristyn Vytlacil was close behind in sixth in 6:15.49.
Sonja Lapinski, a Whitman junior, trimmed more than a second off her season-best time in the 100-yard freestyle, placing fourth in 1:01.51.
Freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran gave the Missionaries a pair of runner-up performances. She was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:40.75 and second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.01.
Others swimming for the Whitman women were sophomore Katherine Oglietti, who was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:44.32, and sophomore Katie Imberg in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:35.63.
In the men's competition, Whitman sophomore Owen Unbehaun had a season-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing third in 2:27.06.
Freshman Keith Jarrett cut more than two seconds off his season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing third in 1:56.08. Jarrett and older brother Aric Jarrett, along with Unbehaun and senior Art Riddle, placed second in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:04.10, a season-best time for Whitman.
Riddle placed second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:18.24. Freshman Garth Brand was third in that event in 2:20.78. Others placing third for the Whitman men were junior Zach Seeley in the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.98) and freshman Ben Miller in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.36).
First-year Whitman swimmers Garth Brand and Lindsay Brady swam season-best times in preliminary heats of the 500-yard freestyle as the Northwest Conference Championships got underway Friday morning at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Brand and Brady were among several Missionaries who survived the morning preliminaries and will compete in the Friday evening finals. The NWC championships continue through Sunday. "Both Garth and Lindsay are off to a tremendous start," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We had some really good swims all the way around. "I think I counted 12 season-best times in all and several personal-best times."
Brand, who missed fall semester swim meets because of injury, lowered his season-best time in the 500-yard freestyle by nearly 24 seconds, placing 12th in the preliminaries in 5:13.47. "That is phenomenal drop in time," Blomme said.
In the women's 500, Brady placed 11th in 5:50.26, her season-best effort by more than nine seconds. She was just six one-hundredths of a second out of 10th place.
The top 18 swimmers in the preliminaries of each event advance to the finals. The top six compete in the championship finals, while the consolation finals are split into a "B" group and a "C" group.
Other Whitman swimmers advancing from the preliminaries to Friday night's finals were juniors Sonja Lapinski and Zach Seeley, sophomore Katie Imberg, and three more first-year swimmers, Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Keith Jarrett and Ben Miller.
Jinbo-Doran placed 14th in the preliminary heats of the 200-yard individual medley. She was clocked in 2:25.96, about two seconds off her season-best time.
Miller whacked nearly 11 seconds off his season-best time in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 15th in 5:25.29. Also placing 15th for the Missionaries were Jarrett and Lapinski in the men's and women's 50-yard freestyle preliminaries. Jarrett's time was 23.12 seconds, just a shade off his season-best time of 23.17. Lapinski finished in 27.25, also a bit slower than her previous-best effort.
Seeley and Imberg both placed 17th in the 200-yard individual medley events. Seeley's time was 2:14.66, his season-best effort by nearly two seconds. Imberg nearly matched her best time, finishing in 2:36.66.
Others competing Friday morning for the Whitman men were Aric Jarrett and Art Riddle, who placed 19th and 20th, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 23.55 and 24.42. Both times were season-best efforts.
In the women's 50-yard freestyle, Katherine Oglietti was 20th in 28.38 while Audrey Gardiner was 24th in 28.81.
Stefanie Bergh, Kristyn Vytlacil and Ellen Klobucher all posted season-best times in the 500-yard freestyle. Bergh was 21st in 6:11.95, Vytlacil was 21st in 6:14.01, and Klobucher was 25th in 6:15.66.
Whitman placed sixth in the Friday morning preliminaries of two women's relays, recording season-best times in both cases. Vytlacil, Oglietti, Imberg and Lapinski swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:50.62. With Gardiner replacing Vytlacil in the 400-yard medley relay, Whitman finished in 4:30.51.
Lindsay Brady and Garth Brand, a pair of first-year Whitman swimmers, both placed 11th in the finals of their 500-yard freestyle events Friday night at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Neither Brady nor Brand, however, were able to match the season-best times they posted in the morning preliminaries. Brady was timed in 5:51.23, while Brand finished his 500 in 5:16.16.
A third Whitman freshman, Ben Miller, placed 16th in the men's 500 in 5:27.94.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran and Keith Jarrett, two more Missionary freshmen, were 13th in the finals of their events. Jinbo-Doran nearly matched her season-best time with a 2:23.71 in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley. Jarrett was timed in 23.21 in the men's 50-yard freestyle.
Katie Imberg, a Whitman junior, also competed in the women's 200-yard individual medley, placing 17th in 2:36.93.
In the women's 50-yard freestyle, Missionary junior Sonja Lapinski finished 15th in 27:20.
Zach Seeley, also a junior, continued to drop his season-best time in placing 17th in the men's 200-yard individual medley. His finals time was 2:12.99.
Whitman posted season-best times in the two men's relay events Friday night. Keith Jarrett joined older brother Aric Jarrett, Owen Unbehaun and Art Riddle to place fifth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:55.79, a drop of more than eight seconds. The two Jarretts teamed with Brand and Miller to place sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.57.
Whitman placed sixth in the finals of two women's relays. Vytlacil, Oglietti, Imberg and Lapinski combined for a season-best 1:50.49 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. With Gardiner replacing Oglietti, the Missionary women finished the 400-yard medley relay in 4:31.81.
After the first day of competition, the Whitman men are in fifth place in the team standings with 96 points. The Missionary women are in sixth place in their standings with 95 points. Puget Sound is in first place in both the men's and women's standings.
The NWC championships continue through Sunday.
Whitman swimmers posted season-best times in nearly a dozen cases during Saturday morning preliminaries as the Northwest Conference Championships continued at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran, a Whitman freshman, registered the eighth-best time in the morning preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:12.25. She advances to the finals along with teammates Katherine Oglietti, who placed 14th in 1:14.58, and Kristyn Vtylacil, who was 16th in 1:22.84.
Owen Unbehaun, a Missionary sophomore, had the ninth-best preliminary time in the men's 100-yard breaststroke. He was timed in a season-best 1:06.55.
Audrey Gardiner swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.56, the 11th-best time for the morning preliminaries. Katie Imberg was 15th in 1:10.93.
Freshman Keith Jarrett was one of three Missionaries who swam season-best times in the 100-yard butterfly, dropping his time by almost two seconds to 57.87. He heads into the finals in 12th place, one spot in front of older brother Aric Jarrett, who lowered his time to 58.16. Zach Seeley was timed in 1:00.85, good enough for 18th in the preliminaries.
Sonja Lapinski had the morning's 12th-best time in the women's 100-yard backstroke. Her 1:07.41 time was a seson-best effort. Imberg finished the event in 1:08.89, placing 15th in the preliminaries.
Garth Brand's 59.74 time in the men's 100-yard backstroke sends him into the finals in 13th place. Teammate Art Riddle was 14th in 1:00.75.
Lindsay Brady, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, dropped more than five seconds from his season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 15th place in 2:12.18. Teammate Katie Billings cut her best time by more than two seconds to 2:19.22, although she placed 21st and will miss the finals.
Whitman's Ellen Klobucher had a season-best time in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:15.06. She also placed 21st and will miss the finals.
Whitman placed fifth in the morning preliminaries of two women's relay events. Jinbo-Doran, Brady and Vytlacil teamed with Stefanie Bergh to swim the 800-yard freestyle relay in 8:59.97, a season-best effort by more than 10 seconds. Gardiner, Lapinski, Imberg and Jinbo-Doran combined for a 2:03.49 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Whitman sophomores Owen Unbehaun and Katherine Oglietti cracked the top 10 in the finals of their events Saturday night at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Unbehaun placed ninth in the men's 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.56 -- a mere one one-hundredth of a second off the season-best time he posted in the Saturday morning preliminaries.
Meanwhile, Oglietti sliced more than a second off her season-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 10th in 1:13.44. One of her teammates, freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran, had some difficulties in her race, placing 11th in 1:14.75 and failing to match the 1:12.25 she swam in the morning preliminaries. Kristyn Vytlacil, also a freshman, placed 17th in a season-best 1:22.63, which met her season-long goal.
Sonja Lapinski, a junior, clocked a season-best 1:06.86 to finish 10th in the women's 100-yard backstroke. Katie Imberg, a sophomore, was 18th in 1:10.09.
In the women's 100-yard butterfly, senior Audrey Gardiner placed 11th in 1:08.76, while Imberg was 16th in 1:11.05. Both Garinder and Imberg have been slowed by chronic shoulder injuries.
Freshman Lindsay Brady, who focuses more on longer distances, lowered her season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle to 2:11.73, placing 16th. Counting her morning preliminary swim, Brady lopped nearly seven seconds off her season-best mark.
In the men's 100-yard butterfly, freshman Keith Jarrett placed 12th in a season-best 57.85. Senior Aric Jarrett was 14th in 57.91, also a season-best effort, while junior Zach Seeley was 18th in 1:01.30. "Both Keith and Aric had not broken 59 seconds all season, so they both had impressive swims," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Zach had not competed much in this event this season, so had some great swims, too, especially in the morning when he finished in 1:00.85."
Freshmen Garth Brand and senior Art Riddle finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the men's 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.04 and 1:00.95. Both had slightly faster times in the morning preliminaries.
In the men's 200-yard medley relay, Riddle and Unbehaun joined the Jarrett brothers to place sixth in a season-best time of 1:48.36. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the foursome of Brand, Miller, Seeley and Riddle placed sixth in 8:09.30.
Whitman also placed sixth in the finals of two women's relays on Saturday. Imberg, Jinbo-Doran, Gardiner and Lapinski finished in 2:03.79 in the 200-yard medley. Stefanie Bergh teamed with Jinbo-Doran, Brady and Vtylacil to do the 800-yard freestyle in 9:01.78.
Whitman senior Audrey Gardiner placed seventh in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships entered their last day at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Gardiner finished in 2:35.88, about 1.5 seconds out of fifth place for the event preliminaries.
In the 200-yard breaststroke events, freshman Alexis Jinbo-Doran for the women and Owen Unbehaun for the men had the eighth-best times in the morning preliminaries. Unbehaun posted a career-best time of 2:25.48, while junior teammate Zach Seeley knocked nearly six seconds off his best time to place 10th in 2:31.18.
Jinbo-Doran's eighth-place time in the 200-yard breaststroke was 2:40.48. Sophomore Katherine Oglietti was close behind in 10th, swimming a season-best 2:43.46. Stefanie Bergh, another sophomore, had the 15th-best time, a season-best 2:55.64, while freshman Kristyn Vytlacil clocked a 3:04.04 to fill the No. 18 slot.
Art Riddle, Garth Brand and Ben Miller all posted season-best times in placing 10th, 11th and 12th in the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries. Riddle finished in 2:15.43, followed by Brand in 2:15.53 and Miller in 2:17.73.
Sonja Lapinski had the morning's 17th best time in the 100-yard freestyle, a 1:00.45. Katie Imberg was 23rd in 1:04.00, a season-best time.
In the morning preliminaries of the women's 400-yard freestyle relay, the foursome of Oglietti, Jinbo-Doran, Vytlacil and Lapinski placed sixth in a season-best 4:05.48.
Whitman's Audrey Gardiner placed seventh in the finals of 200-yard butterfly, but it was freshmen Lindsay Brady and Ben Miller who posted huge drops in their season-best times while cracking the top 10 in the 1,650-yard freestyle events as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships came to a close at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Brady placed eighth in the 1,650, cutting her lifetime-best time by than 18 seconds to 20:10.25. Miller was 10th in the men's long-distance freestyle, dropping his best time by 15 seconds to 19:27.02. It was Whitman's best time, by any swimmer, this season for the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Gardiner dominated the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly, easily winning that heat in 2:36.26 while placing seventh overall. "Though not her best time, Audrey was able to be happy with her performance," Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said. "I've been very impressed with Audrey's ability to reconfigure her goals in consideration of the very debilitating tendinitis she's had in her shoulders."
In the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, Whitman's Owen Unbehaun and Alexis Jinbo-Doran placed eighth in their respective races. Unbehaun cut his career-best time to 2:22.65, vaulting himself into seventh place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Jinbo-Doran finished in 2:36.90, close to her season-best time and a drop of almost four seconds from her morning preliminary. Sophomore Katherine Oglietti was close behind, placing 10th in a season-best 2:43.14.
Miller also placed 10th in the finals of the men's 200-yard backstroke, leapfrogging over two teammates to do so. Miller was 10th in a season-best 2:15.00, followed by Art Riddle, 11th in 2:15.81, and Garth Brand, 12th in 2:16.19.
Zach Seeley, a junior, placed 10th in 200-yard breaststroke. His career-best time was 2:30.00.
Freshman Keith Jarrett swam a 50.72 to place 12th in the 100-yard freestyle. Older brother Aric Jarrett was 15th in 51.26. Both times were season-best marks.
Others placing for Whitman in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle were sophomores Stefanie Bergh, who was 11th in 20:59.15, and Ellen Klobucher, who cut her season-best time to 21:34.46, placing 16th. Klobucher and Lewis & Clark's Carly Wright went head-to-head in one of the day's most exciting duals, swimming neck and neck from start to finish. "This is not typically the most exciting race for spectators, but the two of them fought to the end in what became an incredible race," Blomme said. "Ellen lost to Carly by one second, but she dropped more than a minute from her season-best time."
Sonja Lapinski, a junior, finished 15th in the 100-yard freestyle, trimming her season-best time to 59.17. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Bergh placed 16th in 2:56.26, while freshman Kristyn Vytlacil was 18th in 3:04.30.
Vytlacil, Lapinski and Jinbo-Doran teamed with Katherine Oglietti to place sixth in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay in a season-best 4:04.63.
Whitman also was sixth in the men's 400-yard freestyle relay. Keith and Aric Jarrett, along with Riddle and Brand, swam a season-best 3:29.83.
"Overall, it was a tremendous weekend of improved times, great team camaraderie and fast swimming," Blomme said. "We had the support of parents and alumni in the audience that was so wonderful."
In the final team scoring, Whitman placed sixth in both the men's and women's competitions. The Missionary men finished with 323 points, just 27 points behind fifth-place Willamette. The Whitman women scored 324 points. Teams from Puget Sound placed first in both competitions.