The Whitman swim teams managed a pair of third-place finishes at the Northwest Conference Relays Friday night at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
"Even though a few of our top swimmers were sick this past week, they and everyone else swam and competed very well tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It was a good start to the season. We've talked a lot about wanting to race and compete and not just swim. Tonight, we were aggressive and showed a lot of effort and team unity."
Friday's relay meet encompassed 15 events, including two mixed events.
The Whitman trio of Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Kristyn Vtylacil and Danielle McClenahan placed third in the women's 300-meter breaststroke relay with a time of 4:53.97. McClenahan is a senior while Jinbo-Doran and Vtylacil are sophomores.
In the men's 900-meter freestyle relay, Whitman sophomores Garth Brand, Ben Miller and Brett Lyon placed third with a time of 11:23.03. The same threesome finished fourth in the 600-meter freestyle in 7:19.83.
Zach Seeley, a Whitman senior, teamed with sophomores Keith Jarrett and Kyle Roskelley to place fourth in the 300-meter breaststroke. Their time was 4:02.17.
In the women's 300-meter individual medley, freshman Kathy Bui teamed with Jinbo-Doran and McClenahan to place fourth in 3:53.60. They finished little more than one second out of third place.
McClenahan also helped the Missionary women to a fourth-place finish in the 900-meter freestyle. Sophomore Lindsay Brady and freshman Allison Boomer rounded out the trio. Their time was 11:58.97.
Whitman also picked up a fourth-place finish in one of the mixed events, the 200-meter freestyle. Jarrett and Brand from the men's team joined Bui and senior Lisa Dodobara from the women's side to finish in 1:54.28, less than one second out of third place.
Sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran placed sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke (35.12) while first-year swimmer Kathy Bui finished seventh in the 50-yard backstroke (31.70) to give Whitman it's best performances in the Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon, hosted by Pacific Lutheran Saturday in Tacoma.
Sophomores Garth Brand and Keith Jarrett had the best placings for the Whitman men's squad. Brand was 19th in the 50-yard backstroke (28.20). Jarrett finished in the same spot in the 50-yard freestyle (23.81).
Saturday's sprint meet attracted a total of six NWC schools. Swimmers had the option of competing in as many as five events. Brand and Ben Miller, also a sophomore, were the only Missionaries to swim in all five events. As many as 93 swimmers competed in the women's events. The largest men's event included more than 60 swimmers.
Jinbo-Doran swam in three other events, placing 11th in 100-yard individual medley (1:08.47), 32nd in the 50-yard freestyle (28.41), and 39th in 50-yard butterfly (32.48).
Bui added a 17th-place showing in the 50-yard freestyle (27.54) and an 18th-place finish in the 100-yard individual medley (1:09.77).
Other results for Jarrett were 21st in the 50-yard breaststroke (31.58), 24th in the 50-yard butterfly (26.65), and 43rd in the 100-yard individual medley (1:05.55).
Sonja Lapinski, a Whitman senior, also had a solid day, placing 13th in the 50-yard backstroke (32.57). Lapinski was 31st in the 50-yard butterfly (32.06) and 38th in the 50-yard freestyle (28.68).
Other Whitman results were as follows:
100-yard individual medley: Danielle McClenahan, 38th, 1:12.73; Lindsay Brady, 49th, 1:15.99; Kristyn Vytlacil, 49th, 1:16.55; Allison Boomer, 55th, 1:17.27; Emily Owens, 57th, 1:17.54; Mira Cutler, 77th, 1:22.74; Ali Austin, 81st, 1:24.62; and Lila Little, 83rd, 1:25.59.
50-yard butterfly: Boomer, 45th, 33.61; Lisa Dodobara, 49th, 34.52; Brady, 62nd, 36.27; and Austin, 70th, 38.65.
50-yard backstroke: Heidi Buettner, 41st, 35.11; Kelsey Ochs, 43rd, 35:14; Owens, 61st, 37.15; and Cutler, 65th, 38.61.
50-yard breaststroke: McClenahan, 24th, 38.46; Vytlacil, 32nd, 39.37; Boomer, 41st, 40.13; and Katie Billings, 49th, 41.78.
50-yard freestyle: Dodobara, 22nd, 27.79; Brady, 39th, 28.73; Vytlacil, 47th, 29.00; Buettner, 61st, 30.14; Owens, 68th, 30.66; McClenahan, 70th, 30.75; Billings, 77th, 31.33; Boomer, 81st, 31.67; Ochs, 83rd, 31.81; Austin, 86th, 32.40; Little, 88th, 32.87; and Cutler, 89th, 32.96.
100-yard individual medley: Garth Brand, 37th, 1:03.37; Kyle Roskelley, 39th, 1:03.96; Zach Seeley, 42nd, 1:05.53; and Ben Miller, 46th, 1:06.79.
50-yard butterfly: Seeley, 38th, 27.69; Roskelley, 38th, 27.69; Brand, 42nd, 28.18; and Miller, 49th, 30.13.
50-yard backstroke: Miller, 40th, 31.57, and Brett Lyon, 54th, 38.14.
50-yard breaststroke: Seeley, 38th, 33.13; Miller, 41st, 33.78; and Brand, 42nd, 34.08.
50-yard freestyle: Brand, 36th, 24.84; Miller, 42nd, 25.70; Roskelley, 46th, 26.19; Seeley, 50th, 26.82; and Lyon, 54th, 27.27.
The Whitman men's and women's swim teams nearly made a clean sweep of Lewis & Clark in a Northwest Conference dual meet Friday evening in Sherwood Center. The Missionary men won handily, 107-37, while the women came up short in the final relay race and dropped a 107-98 decision.
Whitman dominated the men's dual meet, winning all but one of the races. The Missionary women, who won four of 11 races, were tied with L&C at 94 points headed into the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The visiting Pioneers placed first and third in that race to claim the overall victory.
Senior Zach Seeley and sophomores Garth Brand, Ben Miller and Keith Jarrett each won two individual events for the Missionaries. Seeley, the only senior on the men's team, won the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.72) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:39.85).
Brand won the freestyle races at 200 yards (2:02.01) and 500 yards (5:41.18), while Jarrett took top honors in the shorter freestyle events, winning the 50-yard sprint in 23.68 and the 100-yard race in 52.86.
Miller won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:13.21 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:32.18.
Kyle Roskelley, a Whitman sophomore who missed his freshman season because of injury, picked up his first-ever collegiate victory in the 200-yard butterfly, winning in a time of 2:31.62.
Jarrett and Brand combined with Seeley and Roskelley to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:13.64.
In the women's meet, sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.65, her personal-best time by one-third of a second. The time was good enough to advance Jinbo-Doran from No. 3 to No. 2 on Whitman's all-time list of best marks for that event.
Two first-year swimmers for the Whitman women notched their first-ever dual meet victories. Lila Little won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:50.20, while Kathy Bui won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:25.16.
The Whitman quartet of Jinbo-Doran, Bui, Danielle McClenahan and Sonja Lapinski won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:39.58.
"The women's final team score was a heartbreaker tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Their sprinters were tough, but if we'd had a little bit more in the first two races, we could have taken them."
Whitman hosts Linfield in a dual meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sherwood Center.
The Whitman men's and women's swimming teams both lost to visiting Linfield Saturday afternoon in Sherwood Center.
The Whitman men fell 138-46 to the Wildcats, while the women were downed 126-79.
The Missionary women won four individual events: Alexis Jinbo-Doran posted wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2:22.40) and 500-yard freestyle (5:45.32), Freshman Kathy Bui won the 50-yard freestyle (27.06), and Danielle McClenahan won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.95).
McClenahan, a senior, tied her personal best, and she also finished third in the 200-yard individual medley.
Lindsay Brady finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:15.99) and third in the 500-yard freestyle (6:13.04). Bui followed up her victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.83), less than two seconds behing the winner.
"We had some great races today," Whitman coach Jeniffer Blomme said. "They have a big roster, but we still managed to win four events. I was very pleased with today's performances."
In the men's meet, sophomore Keith Jarrett notched Whitman's only victory, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 23.48. Jarrett also took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.56).
Other second place finsihes for the Missionaries include Garth Brand in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:38.91), and Kyle Roskelley in the 100-yard freestyle (57.90). The team of Roskelley, Jarrett, Ben Miller and Zach Seeley took also took second in the 200-yard meley relay (1:55.98).
"The men swam well today," Blomme noted. "They're motivated to step up the level of training and I expect to see great improvements in our team when we match up against Linfield again at the Northwest Invite and at Conference."
Whitman hosts another dual meet next Saturday versus Whitworth. The meet begins at 1 p.m.
Swimming in their last home meet of the season, the Whitman men's and women's swimming teams fell to strong Whitworth teams Saturday in Sherwood Center.
The women held a 56-52 edge after five of eleven events, but Whitworth finished the meet strong, winning 117-84.
"Our women had a great meet," Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme noted. "They held their own today in competition against one of the strongest teams in the conference."
Lindsay Brady and Kathy Bui led the women's team, each capturing a first place in individual competition. Brady won the 1000-yard freestyle (12:27.54), a race in which Whitman took all three places as Whitworth had no entries. Bui finshed first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:26.45).
Alexis Jinbo-Doran also had a strong meet, finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:09.80) after almost catching the winner. She also anchored the second place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:50.15), which included Bui, Sonja Lapinski, and Kristyn Vytacil, and finshed third in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Other second place finshes included Lisa Little (100-yard freestyle, 12:34.16; 500-yard freestyle, 6:10.79), Lapinski (50-yard freestyle), Danielle McClenahan (100-yard butterfly, 1:18.87). Whitman also finished second in the 200-yard medley relay: The team of Heidi Buettner, McClenahan, Alison Boomer, and Lisa Dodobara finished in 2:12.29. Four Missionaries, Katie Billings, Lapinski, Little, and Emily Owens, also lowered their season-best times.
"We were a tired team going into this meet," Blomme noted, "and I'm very proud that they stepped up to the challenge.
The men's meet was lopsided, with Whitworth winning 152-34. Ben Miller had Whitman's only first place finish in an uncontested 1000-yard freestyle (12:23.91). Miller also accounted for the Missionaries lone second place, the 50-yard freestyle (25.30).
"We had some good swims today," Blomme said. "Keith Jarrett moved out of his comfort zone and swam the 200-yard freestyle (4th, 1:57.73) and 100-yard butterfly (3rd, 1:00.07), Brett Lyon again dropped his time in the 500-yard freestyle (5th, 6:14.69), and Zach Seeley inproved in the 100-yard breaststroke (4th, 1:11.59)."
Swimming in their last home meet at Whitman College were seven Missionaries: Zach Seeley, Ali Austin, Heidi Buettner, Lisa Dodabara, Sonja Lapinski, Danielle McClenahan, and Emily Owens.
The Missionaries next compete at the Northwest Invite Dec. 6-7 at Central Washington University.
Garth Brand and Keith Jarrett placed ninth in two of their events and Kathy Bui finished 12th in one of her races to give the Whitman swim teams their best individual placings in Friday night's opening session of the Northwest Invitational, which continues through Saturday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
Whitman is one of six Northwest Conference schools taking part in the meet. Also competing are teams from Central Washington and Evergreen State.
"We are swimming very well," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It's been a great night, even though we don't rest for this meet and typically don't swim our best times at this point in the season."
With end-of-the-semester academic pressures weighing heavily on some of her swimmers, Blomme was pleased to see some strong individual times. "Of our 18 swims tonight, we were at or better than our season-best times in 12 cases," she said.
Brand, a sophomore, clipped 16 seconds off his season-best time in the 500-yard freestyle, placing ninth in 5:25.19. He finished less than two seconds out of seventh.
Jarrett, also a sophomore, clocked a ninth-place time of 23.43 in the 50-yard freestyle. That dropped his season-best time by .05 of a second.
Bui, a first-year swimmer, slipped under the 27-second mark for the first time in placing 12th in the women's 50-yard freestyle. Her time was 26.88, a drop of almost two-tenths of a second.
Lindsay Brady, a sophomore, also reached a personal milestone, cracking the 6-minute barrier in the 500-yard freestyle. Brady placed 15th in 5:59.92. Lila Little, a first-year swimmer, finished 18th in 6:09.32.
In the women's 200-yard individual medley, senior Danielle McClenahan placed 14th in 2:30.22. First-year swimmer Allison Boomer was close behind, placing 16th in 2:36.38.
Swimming in her final meet of the season before leaving on foreign study, junior Katie Billings knocked almost two seconds off her season-best time in the 50-yard freestyle, placing 29th in 29.84.
In the men's 500-yard freestyle, sophomores Ben Miller and Brett Lyon placed 12th and 14th, respectively, in times of 5:58.91 and 6:17.
In the women's 500-yard freestyle, others placing for Whitman were Emily Owens, 25th, 6:21.19; Ali Austin, 27th, 6:28.83; Kelsey Ochs, 28th, 6:30.81; Kristyn Vytlacil, 29th, 6:31.29; and Natalie Loebner, 32nd, 6:53.70.
In the men's 400-yard medley relay, the Whitman foursome of Brand, Miller, Jarrett and Lyon placed fourth in 4:22.51. The same group placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:40.90.
In the women's relays, the Whitman team of Bui, McClenahan, Boomer and Alexis Jinbo-Doran placed sixth in the 400-yard medley in 4:54.37. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Bui, Brady, Vytlacil and Jinbo-Doran placing seventh in 1:50.78.
It was a good day in the pool for Alexis Jinbo-Doran and several of her Whitman teammates as the Northwest Invitational concluded Saturday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
Jinbo-Doran, a sophomore, won the 100-yard breaststroke, placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke, and finished third in the 400-yard individual medley. Her times in each case were career-best efforts.
Jinbo-Doran's winning time in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:11.51. That trimmed almost three-tenths of a second off her career-best time. She remains No. 2 on Whitman's all-time list of best marks, trailing only Abby Hulme, who swam a 1:09.47 in 1994.
Jinbo-Doran whacked more than three seconds off her career-best time in placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:32.03. She also remains No. 2 on Whitman's all-time list in that event, once again trailing only Abby Hulme, who set the school record at 2:30.71 in 1996.
By placing third in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:01.95, Jinbo-Doran cracked Whitman's top-ten list for that event. She moved into the No. 7 slot, little more than two-tenths of a second out of the sixth spot. Her time was a career-best effort by almost 10 seconds.
In the men's competition Saturday, Whitman sophomore Garth Brand placed fourth in 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.66. Teammate Ben Miller, also a sophomore, finished eighth in 1:07.61. Both times were season-best efforts.
Brand and Miller also swam the 200-yard backstroke, placing sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 2:17.23 and 2:25.58.
Allison Boomer, a first-year swimmer, placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:39.54. She added a ninth-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 5:26.78.
Brett Lyon, a sophomore, finished sixth in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle in 21:39.51. He placed 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.31.
A trio of Whitman swimmers -- Kathy Bui, Danielle McClenahan and Keith Jarrett -- cracked the top then in two events each oon Saturday.
Bui, a first-year swimmer, was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.59 and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:25.76.
McClenahan, a senior, placed seventh in the breaststroke at both the 100-yard and 200-yard distances. Her times were 1:19.04 and 2:46.67. Her time in the 200 was a career-best mark.
Jarrett, a sophomore, lowered his season-best time in the 100-yard freestyle to 51.42, placing seventh. He was ninth in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.78.
In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, sophomore Lindsay Brady placed ninth in 20:49.69 while first-year teammate Lila Little was 10th in 20:50.02. Both times were season-best efforts. Brady also had an 11th-place time (5:31.99) in the 400-yard individual medley. Little was 20th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:22.61.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, Kristyn Vytlacil was 15th in 1:24.26, Katie Billings was 16th in 1:24.83, and Natalie Loebner was 22nd in 1:30.60. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Vytlacil was 15th in 3:06.29, while Loebner was 21st in 3:21.70.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Emily Owens placed 15th in 2:40.88, while Kelsey Ochs was 18th in 2:49.35. Owens finished 19th in the 200-yard freestyle (2:22.05). Ochs was 20th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.89).
In other individual results, Ali Austin finished 20th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:22.23 and Katie Billings was 32nd in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:05.67.
Whitman placed sixth in the two men's relays on Saturday. The foursome of Brand, Miller, Jarrett and Lyon finished the 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.81. Their time in the 400-yard freestyle relay was 3:40.04.
In the women's 200-yard medley relay, the Whitman quartet of Bui, McClenahan, Boomer and Jinbo-Doran placed sixth in 2:09.14. Bui and Jinbo-Doran teamed with Brady and Vytlacil to place seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:02.78.
The Whitman swim teams next compete Jan. 10-11 in a pair of dual meets in the Los Angeles area.
The Whitman men's and women's swim teams each won four events but lost dual meet decisions at the California Institute of Technology Friday in Pasadena, Calif. The Missionary women lost 138-96 while the men fell 148-63.
Sophomore Ben Miller captured two individual events in the men's competition, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.99 and the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:35.61. He beat his nearest competitor in the freestyle race by more than a minute.
Senior Zach Seeley and sophomore Garth Brand also won individual events by wide margins. Seeley won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.15, more than seven seconds in front of the runner-up. Brand posted a 5:33.93 time in the 500-yard freestyle, cruising to victory by more than 32 seconds.
In the women's competition, sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran nearly matched her career-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke, winning that event in 1:11.68. Earlier this season, Jinbo-Doran notched the second-best time (1:11.51) in school history.
Senior Danielle McClenahan was an easy winner in the 200-yard individual medley. Her time was 2:33.16, nearly six seconds ahead of the pack.
First-year swimmer Lila Little won the 1,650-yard freestyle by more than 23 seconds. Her winning time was 20:56.90.
McClenahan also teamed with senior Sonja Lapinski, sophomore Kristyn Vytlacil and freshman Allison Boomer to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:11.52. Their margin of victory was nearly seven seconds.
In other men's results, Whitman sophomore Keith Jarrett placed second in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.13) and 100-yard freestyle (53.76). Sophomore Brett Lyon added a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.14).
Others placing second for the Whitman men were Brand in 100-yard butterfly (1:07.93) and Seeley in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.10). The Missionary quartet of Brand, Seeley, Miller and Jarrett finished second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.55).
In the women's meet, first-year swimmer Kathy Bui placed second in both the 50-yard freestyle (28.46) and 100-yard backstroke (1:08.44). Others placing second were Jinbo-Doran in the 200-yard freestyle (2:09.89), Lapinski in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.27), Boomer in the 100-yard butterfly (1:15.05), and Little in the 500-yard freestyle (6:10.82).
In the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, first-year swimmer Lindsay Brady teamed with Lapinski, Bui and Jinbo-Doran to finish second in 1:51.51, about one second behind Caltech's winning team.
Despite getting three individual event victories from sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran, the Whitman women's swim team dropped a razor-thin 102-101 decision to Willamette on Saturday in a dual meet held at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.
The outcome wasn't nearly as close in the men's dual meet, where Willamette scored a 102-48 triumph. The Whitman and Willamette swim teams are in the Los Angeles area as part of a semester break trip.
Jinbo-Doran notched one of her victories in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a 56.63 time that moved her into sixth-place on Whitman's all-time best-times list for that event. She also won the 400-yard individual medley (5:10.37) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.03). One of her teammates, senior Danielle McClenahan, placed second in both the 400 IM and 200 breast.
Whitman's Lindsay Brady, a sophomore, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:35.46. Lila Little, a first-year swimmer, won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:07.49. Brady was second in that event in 6:12.79.
Kathy Bui, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, narrowly missed victories in both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Her second-place time in the backstroke event was 2:26.57 -- just one one-hundredths of a second behind the winner. Her time in the freestyle sprint was one-tenth of a second off the winning pace.
Garth Brand, a sophomore, posted Whitman's only victory in the men's dual meet. Brand won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:16.29. He added a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 2:00.13.
Senior Zach Seeley and sophomore Keith Jarrett both placed in a pair of events. Jarrett was the runner-up the 50-yard freestyle (23.61) and 100-yard freestyle (52.71), while Seeley was second in the 400-yard individual medley (5:00.86) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.51).
Sophomore Ben Miller placed second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:50.05.
The Whitman women's swim team pulled out a win in a close dual meet, 104-101, over host PLU Saturday in Tacoma. The men's team won only one event as they fell 141-39.
The women's team won six of 11 events. Alexis Jimbo-Doran powered the team to victory, winning the 400-yard individual medley (5:03.40), the 100-yard freestyle (58.32), and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.93). Kathy Bui won two events herself, taking the 50-yard freestyle (26.95) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.84).
The women's final victory was picked up by Lila Little in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:18.35). Little also took second place in the 500-yard freestyle (6:03.50). Danielle McClenahan took second place in two events, finishing behind Jimbo-Doran in the 400-yard intermediate medley (5:19.85), and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.92). Allison Boomer picked up Whitman's only other individual second place, in the 100-yard butterfly (1:12.83). Two Whitman relays took second places, the 200-yard medley (2:08.07), and the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.46).
On the men's side, Keith Jarrett posted Whitman's only win, in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.31. The men's 200-yard medley relay team took a second place finish, with a time of 1:53.35. Jarrett swam the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.68, also good for second place.
Both the men's and the women's teams take on Puget Sound next, in a dual meet scheduled for Feb. 1 in Tacoma.
Strong swims from sophomores Alexis Jinbo-Doran and Keith Jarrett were the main bright spots for the Whitman women's and men's swim teams as the Missionaries dropped dual meet decisions Saturday at Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. The Loggers won the women's meet 146-57, and took the men's meet by a similar 143-37 score.
Jinbo-Doran posted the only Missionary victory of the day, winning the women's 200 individual medley with a time of 2:36:67 (all events are in meters instead of yards, the conference norm). "It's a really great swim for her," coach Jennifer Blomme said.
Jarrett provided more excitement in the men's 100 freestyle. The sophomore captain passed Logger junior Josh Kramer at the very end of the race, taking second place with a time of 58.19. "Keith [Jarrett] had a great 100 freestyle ... Given the competition at this meet, (the result) is remarkable," Blomme said.
Blomme pointed to two other Missionary swimmers who had strong performances. "[Allison Boomer] had a great race," the coach said, alluding to the freshman's second place finish in the women's 200 butterfly with a time of 2:57.25. Bloome also noted that sophmore Lindsay Brady's performance in the women's 200 freestyle, clocked at 2:29.19, was "one of the best swims from her I've ever seen."
The Missionaries continue the easing of their workouts, which began last week, in preperation for the Northwest Conference Championships, slated for Linfield College Feb. 14-16.
Competing in the preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley, sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran swam the fifth-best time in the history of the Whitman women's swim program as the Northwest Conference Championships got underway Friday morning at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Jinbo-Doran clocked a 2:18.63, which sends her into tonight's championship finals with the fifth-best time from the morning preliminaries.
Jinbo-Doran's preliminary time was her season-best effort by nearly two seconds and more than five seconds better than her time at last year's NWC Championships, when she placed 13th in the 200 IM.
"Alexis looks very strong," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We're looking forward to see how she does tonight in the championships finals."
Several Whitman swimmers posted season- and career-best times in Friday's preliminaries.
Sophomore Keith Jarrett placed 11th in the 50-yard freestyle to advance to the evening's consolation finals. Undercutting 23 seconds for the first time, Jarrett finished in 22.95. Jarrett placed 13th in last year's championships in 23.21.
"We're all very excited for Keith," Blomme said. "Getting below 23 seconds has been his goal for some time now. It was great to see him do it."
In the women's 50-yard freestyle, first-year swimmer Kathy Bui advanced to the consolation finals by placing 12th in a season-best 26.81.
In the morning's first event, sophomore Lindsay Brady placed 12th in the women's 500-yard freestyle in 5:49.08. It was her season-best effort by almost 11 seconds, and a few seconds better than her time at last year's championships, when she placed 11th.
Brady will compete in tonight's consolation finals along with first-year teammate Lila Little, who placed 15th in the preliminaries with a time of 5:58.77. That was her second-best time by nearly five seconds.
In the men's 500-yard freestyle preliminaries, sophomore Garth Brand placed 13th in a career-best 5:06.68. His best time at last year's championship meet, when he placed 11th, was 5:13.47.
"Both Garth and Lindsay had phenomenal swims in their 500 freestyles," Blomme said. "Both think they can go faster in tonight's consolation finals."
Senior Zach Seeley, competing in the men's 200-yard individual medley for a fourth consecutive year, placed 14th in the preliminaries with a career-best time of 2:12.07. He also advances to this evening's consolation finals. His placings at the championship meet over the past three years has ranged from 11th to 17th.
Allison Boomer, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, placed 16th in the preliminaries of the women's 200-yard individual medley, advancing to the consolation finals with a time of 2:32.44. That was her season-best effort by almost four seconds.
"All in all, we had a great first morning," Blomme said. "In my time at Whitman, this is by far our best start at the conference championships. The team is in perfect spirits at this point. We're expecting a lot more great results over the next few days."
A handful of Missionaries narrowly missed advancing to tonight's consolation finals, which are for swimmers whose placings in the preliminaries range from ninth to 16th in each event.
Senior Emily Owens, swimming for the first time since her freshman season, placed 17th the 500-yard freestyle in 6:02.91, about one second out of the final berth to the consolation finals. It was season-best time by almost five seconds.
In the men's 500-yard freestyle, sophomores Ben Miller and Brett Lyon placed 17th and 18th, respectively, in 5:26.02 and 5:44.73. Miller lowered his season-best time by 24 seconds.
Seniors Lisa Dodobara and Sonja Lapinski placed 19th and 20th, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 27.60 and 27.69.
Five Missionaries missed the consolation finals of the women's 500-yard freestyle, although all five posted season-best efforts ranging from five to 27 seconds. Natalie Loebner, a first-year swimmer, posted the largest drop in time, placing 29th in 6:26.63.
Others placing in the women's 500-yard freestyle were sophomore Kristyn Vytlacil, 22nd, 6:08.68; senior Ali Austin, 22nd, 6:11.29; freshman Kelsey Ochs, 27th, 6:17.52; and Heidi Buettner, 28th, 6:19.55.
After posting the fifth best time in the history of the Whitman women's swim program in the 200-yard individual medley in Friday morning's preliminaries, Alexis Jinbo-Doran followed it up with an even better swim in Friday evening's finals. Jinbo-Doran swam the race in 2:17.33, the third fastest ever at Whitman, and placed fifth at the Northwest Conference Championships at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Jinbo-Doran's fifth place finish is up eight spots from a 13th place finish last year, and she improved upon her season best time by over a second.
Also jumping into the top ten times in Whitman history was senior Zach Seeley. Seeley's time of 2:04.63 in the 200-yard individual medley is the fifth best ever at Whitman, and earned Seeley a 10th place at the conference meet. Seeley knocked over eight seconds off of his time from last year's meet, improving seven places.
In the women's 400-yard medley relay, the Whitman team of Kathy Bui, Danielle McClenahan, Sonja Lapinski, and Jinbo-Doran placed third after a Whitworth disqualification with a time of 4:23.62.
Lindsay Brady followed up her 12th place finish in the 500-yard freestyle mornging preliminaries with another 12th place finish in the finals. She swam the race four seconds faster, however, in a time of 5:45.76. Lilla Littel swam the same race in a time of 6:00.01, good for 16th place in the consolation finals.
"Lindsay dropped even more time," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said,"and it was really a perfectly swam race."
Bui improved upon her season best of 26.81 in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.51, and earned a 10th place finish in the consolation finals. "Kathy swam an awesome race," Blomme noted, "and almost won her heat." Bui's time was only two-tenths of a second short of cracking Whitman's top ten list.
Keith Jarrett placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.01, just off his career best in the morning pre-lims and second in the consolation heat.
Garth Brand was 13th in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in a career best time of 5:03.90. Brand trimmed over 12 seconds off of his time from last year's conference meet, in which he finished 11th in the event. The time was also good enough to place Brand 10th all-time in Whitman history.
"Garth was in the lead most of the way," Blomme said, "and just swam a great, great race."
Allison Boomer placed 15th in the 200-yard intermediate medley in 2:30.47, her season best time in the event.
Three Whitman relays finished in sixth place at the championships: the women's 200-yard freestyle (1:46.36), and the men's 200-yard freestyle (1:37.15) and 400-yard medley (4:01.14).
"Both of our 200-yard relay teams posted great times," Blomme said. "The women beat thier best time by two seconds."
After the first day of competition, the Whitman women's team was in sixth place with 87 points, just 11 points out of third. The men also finished the day in sixth place with 66 points, trailing fifth place Willamette by 34 points.
Sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran continued to shine in the second day of competition at the Northwest Conference swim meet in McMinnville, Ore. Jinbo-Doran posted her career best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:10.12.
The time was good enough to place Jinbo-Doran second all-time in the history of the Whitman women's swim program and puts her fifth going into tonight's finals.
"The final is going to be really exciting tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Alexis will have some good competition and looks to improve on her time even more."
Danielle McClenahan finished ninth in the same race, coming in with a career-best time of 1:15.55. McClenahan will swim in tonight's consolation finals, missing the finals by less than half of a second. Also advancing to the consolations for Whitman was sophomore Kristyn Vytlacil, who placed 16th with a career-best time of her own at 1:21.28. Vytlacil was 17th at last year's championships.
Natalie Loebner, one of Whitman's first-year swimmers, also competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 22nd in a season-best 1:28.97.
McClenahan swam her fastest time this season in a second event Saturday morning, finishing 10th in 400-yard individual medley in 5:13.34. McClenahan didn't swim last year, but finished 12th two years ago and 13th in 2000. She looks to improve on those finishes in this evening's consolation finals.
"Danielle knocked two seconds off her season best," Blomme noted, "and put herself in a good place for this evening."
In men's action, senior Zach Seeley swam the 10th fastest time in Whitman men's history in the 400-yard individual medley. Seeley's time was 4:45.34, his season-best effort by a full 15 seconds, which was the ninth-best time in the preliminaries. He will in tonight's consolation final.
"Zach had an amazing swim," Blomme said. "It was his career best and great to see."
In the women's 100-yard backstroke preliminaries, freshman Kathy Bui finished eighth, advancing to the championship final with a time of 1:05.43, the eighth best time in Whitman women's history. Senior Sonja Lapinski finished 11th in the preliminaries with a career-best time of 1:06.62.
Also swimming in the 100-yard backstroke were senior Heidi Buettner (21st, 1:12.12) and freshman Kelsey Ochs (24th, 1:16.47). Both times were season-best efforts.
Allison Boomer placed 12th in the women's 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 1:10.85. On the men's side, Keith Jarrett clocked in at 57.18, good for 13th place in the preliminaries. Both will swim in tonight's consolation finals.
"Allison swam her season best by two seconds," Blomme said, "and Keith is looking to get into the 56 second range tonight."
In the women's 200-yard freestyle, Lindsay Brady led a quartet of Missionaries, finishing 15th in 2:11.73. That is the same time that Brady finished 16th with last year, and two seconds faster that her season best this year. Emily Owens finished 17th in 2:13.43, and Lisa Dodabara finished 18th in 2:14.31. Dodabara's was her best time this year. Lila Little finished 23rd in 2:21.03 in the event.
Brett Lyon cut four seconds off his fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing 16th in 2:03.48. He will swim in tonight's consolation final.
Coming within two-tenths of a second of breaking a nine-year-old Whitman school record, Alexis Jinbo-Doran placed fifth in the finals of the women's 100-yard breaststroke as the Northwest Conference Championships continued Saturday night at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Jinbo-Doran posted a time of 1:09.67, just three one-hundredths of a second out of fourth place and less than two seconds out of second place. She placed 11th in the event at last year's NWC championships.
The Whitman sophomore narrowly missed breaking the Whitman school record for the event, which was set at 1:09.47 by Abby Hulme in 1994.
"Alexis was disappointed to miss the school record by such a small margin, but it's hard to be too disappointed when you're swimming so well," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said.
Kathy Bui, a first-year swimmer, was the only other Missionary to compete in the championship finals of an individual event. She placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.59, just off the season-best effort she swam in the morning preliminaries.
Senior Danielle McClenahan swam in two consolation finals, winning both races by placing ninth with career-best times in both cases. Her time in the 400-yard individual medley was 5:08.93, a drop of more than four seconds from the morning preliminaries. Her time in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:14.83.
"Danielle has been amazing," Blomme said. "She blew away her consolation heat in the 400 IM, and she won a close, very competitive race in the breatstroke event. Had she been swimming in the breaststroke championship finals, she would have placed seventh. Danielle was such a fighter today."
McClenahan, who did not swim last year, placed 12th and 13th in the 400 IM at the conference championships in her first two seasons at Whitman. Two years ago in the 100-yard breaststroke, she placed 10th.
Senior Zach Seeley also won the consolation finals of the men's 400-yard individual medley, placing ninth in a career-best 4:43.43. That time moved him into 10th place on Whitman's all- time list for that event. "Like Danielle, Zach had another great day," Blomme said.
Two Whitman swimmers finished 10th in the consolation finals of their events: sophomore Garth Brand in the men's 100-yard backstroke (59.38) and freshman Allison Boomer in the women's 100-yard butterfly (1:09.35). Both swimmers had career-best times. Brand placed 13th in his event at last year's championships.
Sonja Lapinksi, a Whitman senior, placed 11th in the consolation finals of the women's 100-yard backstroke. Her time was 1:06.97, a fraction of a second off her career-best swim in the morning preliminaries. Lapinski placed seventh and tenth at the past two championship meets.
Sophomores Keith Jarrett and Lindsay Brady finished 14th in their consolation races Saturday night. Jarrett finished the 100-yard butterfly in 57.68, not quite matching his career-best time from the preliminaries. Brady's time in the 200-yard freestyle was 2:12.42, also slightly slower than her morning time.
Two more sophomores, Kristyn Vytlacil and Brett Lyon, placed 16th in their consolation finals. Lyon, in his first year of collegiate swimming, lowered his season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle to 2:02.90. Vytlacil was timed in 1:21.43 in the 100-yard breaststroke, just missing the career-best time she registered in the morning preliminaries. She placed 17th in the event at last year's championships.
In Saturday's relays, the Whitman women placed a strong fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. Lapinski, Jinbo-Doran, McClenahan and Bui finished in 1:59.98, about two seconds out of third place. In the men's 200-yard medley, the Missionary quartet of Jarrett, Seeley, Lyon and Ben Miller placed sixth in 1:52.73.
Whitman teams finished sixth in both the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle relay. For the men, posting a time of 8:01.04, it was Seeley, Lyon, Miller and Grand. For the women, posting a time of 8:52.44 were Brady, McClenahan, Emily Owens and Lisa Dodobara.
Super sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran, along with senior Emily Owens and freshman Allison Boomer, advanced to the championship finals of their events with strong swims in the Sunday morning preliminaries of the Northwest Conference Championships at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. The championships conclude with tonight's finals.
For the second time in two days, Jinbo-Doran came ever so close to a Whitman school record, placing sixth in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard breaststroke. Her career-best time of 2:31.89 is about one second off the school record set by Abby Hulme in 1996. She will go for that record in tonight's finals.
Both Boomer and Owens advanced to the championship finals in the 200-yard butterfly, placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in season-best times of 2:35.66 and 2:37.54. Owens, swimming this season for the first in two years, chopped about eight seconds off her previous season-best time.
As she did in two events Saturday, senior Danielle McClenahan just missed advancing to the championship heat in her Sunday event. McClenahan placed ninth in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best 2:41.86, her season-best effort by about five seconds. McClenahan will try to win her third straight consolation finals later tonight.
Sophomores Garth Brand and Ben Miller placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke. Brand's time, a career-best 2:09.58, moved him into fifth place all-time in the Whitman men's program. Miller lowered his season-best time by about nine seconds to 2:16.59.
Senior Zach Seeley continued his strong weekend of swimming, lopping about seven seconds off his season-best time while placing 12th in the men's 200-yard breaststroke. His time was a career-best 2:27.25.
Kathy Bui, a first-year swimmer, placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.25, a season-best time by almost two seconds. Senior Sonja Lapinski also advanced to tonight's consolation finals in that event, placing 15th in 59.53, her best time of the season. Lisa Dodobara, also a senior, just missed advancing to the consolation finals, finishing 17th in a season-best 1:00.09.
Sophomore Keith Jarrett swam a career-best 50.46 to place 14th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. Seniors Ali Austin and Heidi Buettner also advanced to the consolation finals of their events by placing 15th in the preliminaries. Austin knocked almost 18 seconds off her season-best time in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:46.80. Buettner posted a 2:32.38, a drop of about eight seconds in her season-best time in the 200-yard backstroke.
Sophomore Kristyn Vytlacil and freshman Natalie Loebner also recored big drops in their season-best times in the 200-yard breaststroke, although they failed to advance to the consolation finals. Vytlacial was 18th in 2:57.33, a drop of about seven seconds, while Loebner finished in 3:11.99, a reduction of about 10 seconds.
Tonight's concluding session will feature the finals in five individual events, including the 1,650-yard freestyle, which is not preceded by preliminary heats. The 400-yard freestyle relay events are also set for tonight.
Swimming Sunday evening in the final session of the Northwest Conference Championships at Linfield College, sophomore Alexis Jinbo-Doran broke a seven-year-old Whitman record in the women's 200-yard breaststroke. Jinbo-Doran, who almost broke the record in the morning preliminaries, was not to be denied in the finals, posting a time of 2:29.99.
The time, which earned Jinbo-Doran a fifth-place finish in the finals, was just one second off the conditional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships.
"Alexis has been aiming for this since her freshman year," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "If she is able to continue training like she has this year in the future, she should go straight to the top."
Also swimming in the 200-yard breaststroke event was senior Danielle McClenahan, who won yet another consolation final. Her time of 2:39.13 was more than two seconds faster than her preliminary time, and placed her ninth overall.
"Danielle had a great race," Blomme noted, "and the points we earned in both the 200 breaststroke and butterfly allowed us to pull ahead of Lewis & Clark."
Whitman's women finished with 310 points in the final team scoring. That was good enough for fifth place, just 18 points behind fourth-place Willamette. Puget Sound won the women's team title with 785 points, easily outdistancing Linfield's 562 points and Whitworth's 516 points.
The points Whitman earned in the women's 200-yard butterfly came from three swimmers. Freshman Allison Boomer (2:34.15) dropped 1.5 seconds off her preliminary time to take fifth place in the finals. Senior Emily Owens also swam in the final, taking eighth in 2:37.96. Senior Ali Austin swam in the consolation final, taking 16th place in 2:49.16.
Heidi Buttner grabbed 16th place in the women's 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:33.27.
Jumping into the top ten Whitman times in the men's 200-yard backstroke were sophomores Garth Brand and Ben Miller. Both swam in the consolation final, Brand taking 11th (2:10.06) and Miller 12th (2:11.57). Brand is now sixth all-time at Whitman while Miller sits the tenth spot.
"Ben swam really, really well," Blomme said. "His goal was to get under 2:15, and he surpassed both his and my expectations."
In the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Keith Jarrett placed 14th in 50.91. Senior Zach Seeley took 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke, coming in at 2:27.93. Jarrett, Seeley, Brand, and Miller then combined for the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team placed sixth in 3:31.51, but dropped eight seconds off of their entry time.
Rounding out the men's events was the 1,650-yard freestyle. Miller took 11th in 18:49.37, moving into 10th place on Whitman's all-time list, while sophomore Brett Lyon placed 13th in 19:38.73.
In the men's team scoring, Whitman placed sixth with 194 points. Whitworth the big winner with 876 points, beating second-place Puget Sound by 241 points.
Four Missionaries placed in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle. Lindsay Brady took seventh (19:55.98), Lila Little eighth (20:10.02), Austin 14th (21:13.52), and Kelsey Ochs 15th (21:29.34). "It was great that all four of our women scored in this event," Blomme said. "They really surpassed all expectations."
"This is by far the most success we've had at the Conference meet since I've come to Whitman," Blomme said "Everyone improved - we had a ton of lifetime best swims. We had people on the podium - it was just a great meet. I was just really overjoyed and so proud of this group."