Matt Warren and Arthur Jones for the men and Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Alexis Krupp and Danielle Shea for the women were Whitman’s top performers at the season-opening Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon, held Saturday at Whitworth College. Overall scores were based on each swimmer’s times in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in each of the strokes – freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.
"This was a great meet in terms of working out the competitive kinks and getting a few races under our belts," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "We're going to see some better swims and times from our swimmers at the relay meet tomorrow and at our first dual meets next weekend."
Danielle Shea, one of several first-year swimmers on the women's roster, logged the evening's best time (28.11) in the 50-yard butterfly. She added a fifth-place swim in the 50-yard freestyle and a 12th-place time in the 50-yard backstroke. Her time in the freestyle, 26.36, came within five one-hundredths of a second of moving her into tenth place on Whitman’s all-time best-times list.
In the women's overall pentathlon scoring, Shea finished 21st. Jinbo-Doran was 14th in the overall scoring, while Krupp was 17th.
Jinbo-Doran, a junior, made her best showing in the 50-yard breaststroke, placing sixth in 33.87, finishing little more than one second out of the top spot. She placed ninth in the 100 IM in 1:05.53, one second out of second place. Her next-best showing was in the freestyle, where she placed 23rd.
Krupp, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, made a consistent showing in all five events. Her best effort was 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and she finished no lower than 23rd in the 100-yard butterfly.
Warren, a sophomore transfer who finished 17th overall among the men, made his best showing in the 50-yard backstroke, placing fourth in 26.47, less than one second out of first place. Warren, who swam his freshman season at the University of Redlands, also cracked the top 10 in three other events, placing 16th in both the 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard IM, and 18th in the 50-yard freestyle.
"Matt swam well in competition, but he's really struggled the past week with elbow tendonitis," Blomme said. "Matt is hoping to get healthy again real soon."
A total of 66 men and 110 women finished all five events.
Jones, a sophomore starting his season of varsity swimming, placed 21st overall in the men’s standings. He finished 11th in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.60, one-half of a second out of fifth place. Jones also placed 17th in the 100 IM.
Keith Jarrett, a Whitman junior, placed 20th in the 50-yard butterfly, 25th in the 50-yard breaststroke, and 32 in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Matt Colley finished 22nd in the backstroke. Johnny Keyes, a junior but a first-year college swimmer, placed 29th and 30th, respectively, in the breaststroke and freestyle events. Junior Garth Brand was 30th in the backstroke.
Other good performances by the Whitman women were turned in by first-year swimmer Nora Feeney and sophomore Kathy Bui. Feeney was 30th overall, placing 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 21st in the 50-yard breaststroke. Bui, who was 33rd overall, finished 10th in the 50-yard backstroke in 31.47, one second out of sixth place, and added a 20th-place effort in the 50-yard freestyle.
Men's pentathlon results
Women's pentathlon results
Complete men's/women's individual event results
Placing second in two events and third in one, the Whitman swim teams enjoyed its share of highlights Sunday as seven visiting teams and dozens of swimmers converged on the Sherwood Center pool for the annual Northwest Conference Relay Invitational.
Crammed on deck and spilling into the adjacent small gym, swimmers and spectators alike witnessed some fun, and oftentimes, very exciting races.
"For us, today was all about teamwork," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "A relay meet is a great occasion in swimming to look outside ourselves and race for the better good of the team. Our relay teams, and our team as a whole, were very united."
Whitman made its best showing in the mixed division scoring, placing third with 22 points. "Our combined men's and women's teams swam especially well today," Blomme said. "This is the only circumstance all season in which men and women will be on the same relay team, and we certainly made the most of it!"
In the mixed division 200-yard freestyle relay, junior Keith Jarrett and sophomore transfer Matt Warren teamed with two first-year swimmers from the women's squad, Alexis Krupp and Danielle Shea, to place second in a time of 1:38.25, about a half-second behind the winning foursome from Puget Sound.
Jarrett, Warren and Shea also teamed with junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran to place third in the mixed 200-yard medley relay, clocking a time of 1:50.53, about two seconds out of second place.
In the women's 300-yard breaststroke relay, Jinbo-Doran combined forces with two more first-year swimmers, Erica Sorensen and Nora Feeney, to place second in 3:44.68, about six-tenths of second behind the winning team from Whitworth.
Other Whitman highlights in the women's relays included a fourth-place showing by Sorensen, Krupp and sophomore Kathy Bui in the 300-yard medley. Their time was 3:27.55.
In the men's relay, the freshman trio of Arthur Jones, Robert Street and Jon Gingrich placed fourth in in the 300-yard butterfly (3:09.27). Also placing fourth for the men were junior Garth Brand, freshman Matt Colley and Matt Warren in the 300-yard backstroke; their time (2:57.71) was less than two seconds out of third place.
Rookie Missionaries also contributed to scoring in the men's relays. A fine example was the trio of Street, Jones, and Johnny Keyes, all new to Whitman swimming, in the 300-yard breastroke (3:29.49). They finished in sixth place (3:29.49), adding another couple points to Whitman's total score. Keyes, a junior in his year of collegiate swimming, also joined Gingrich and Colley to finish sixth in the 300-yrd medley relay, posting a time of 3:05.16.
In the combined team scoring, Whitman plaxed sixth with 62 points, just two points behind fifth-place Linfield and four points behind fourth-place Willamette.
Whitman's third-place total (22 points) in the mixed division scoring trailed only first-place Puget Sound (38 points) and second-place Whitworth (30 points).
In separate scoring for the men's and women's relays, Whitman placed sixth in both cases with 20 points.
"I think this weekend was a great opener in that we can see how much potential we have as well as some areas we can improve," Blomme said. "We are all really excited to get into the dual meet season next week with Lewis & Clark and Linfield, especially to get some more distance swimming in, the one thing we didn't do much of this weekend."Team Scores Complete meet results
With junior captain Keith Jarrett winning three individual events, the Whitman men's swim team doused a short-handed Lewis & Clark squad 151-17 in a Northwest Conference dual meet Friday evening in Portland, Ore. Meanwhile, in the women's dual meet, the host Pioneers finished one-two in the final relay race to escape with a 104-101 triumph.
”The team swam really well," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We have a really young team, so this also was a learning experience for us."
Because the Lewis & Clark men's squad had just four swimmers on hand, not all events were contested in the men's dual meet. Jarrett faced challengers in winning his three events, however. He won the 50-yard freestyle (23:30), the 100-yard butterfly (58:00), and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.08). "Keith had some awesome times this evening, exactly what we had hoped to see," Blomme said.
The Whitman women started the meet with a couple quick wins to set the pace for an exciting competition. Junior captain Alexis Jinbo-Doran joined teammates Kathy Bui, Alexis Krupp and Danielle Shea in winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:55.91), and first-year swimmer Nora Feeney dominated the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:32.78). Feeney’s time, almost 18 seconds better than the runner-up, moved her into ninth place on the all-time list at Whitman for that event.
Later in the meet, Feeney added a second victory, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:40.29. "Nora certainly did her job today," Blomme said.
Jinbo-Doran was first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:58.06 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.90. Her time in the 400 IM moved her from seventh to sixth place on Whitman's all-time best-times list for that event. "Alexis is in a great place for this early in the season," Blomme said.
Shea, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.20, which places her seventh all-time at Whitman in that event.
In the men's meet, six other Missionaries won individual events. Juniors Garth Brand and Brett Lyon won the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, respectively, in times of 5:29.79 and 12:31.54. Sophomore transfer Matt Warren captured the 100-yard backstroke in 58.86, moving him into seventh place all-time at Whitman in that event.
Two sophomores in their first seasons of collegiate swimming, Clark Blumenstein and Arthur Jones, also won events for the Missionaries. Jones was first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:48.05), while Blumenstein was a winner in the 100-yard freestyle (54.55).
Matt Colley, a Whitman freshman, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.68. "This was a great swim for Matt [Colley]," Blomme said.
Robert Street, also a freshman, swam on both of Whitman's winning relay teams. Street joined with Brand, Warren and junior Johnny Keyes in winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:51.75. Street teamed with Blumenstein, Lyon and freshman Drew Stillman to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:44.63.
"We'll be hitting the workouts hard before Thanksgiving break, and preparing for the invitational meet (Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash.) in early December," Blomme said. "The team has been very excited and really enthusiastic. We are looking forward to the rest of the season."
Junior captain Alexis Jinbo-Doran and three of her first-year Whitman teammates won individual events Saturday, but it wasn't enough to keep Linfield from scoring a 114-91 victory in a women's Northwest Conference swim meet in McMinnville, Ore.
In the men's dual meet Saturday, sophomore Matt Warren and freshman Jon Gingrich notched Whitman's only individual event victories as Linfield posted a 131-72 win.
"We’re feeling a little disappointed (with the final team scores),” Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. “But I’m sure it’s as close a meet as we’ve had with Linfield in years."
Danielle Shea and Nora Feeney, two of Whitman's first-year swimmers, cracked Whitman's top-ten best-times list with their victorious times. Shea won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.96, the fourth-best time ever recorded by a Missionary swimmer in that event. Feeney won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.68, which also moved her into fourth-place in that event on Whitman's all-time list.
Alexis Krupp, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.52, beating her nearest challenger by almost 18 seconds. Jinbo-Doran won the 100-yard freestyle in 59.24.
Krupp, Feeney and Shea teamed with sophomore Kathy Bui to capture the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:56.23, winning by more than 12 seconds. In the other women's relay, the 400-yard medley, first-year swimmer Erica Sorensen joined with Shea, Bui and Jinbo-Doran to place second.
Placing second for the Missionaries were Jinbo-Doran in 200-yard individual medley, Krupp in 200-yard butterfly, and Feeney in the 200-yard freestyle. Lila Little, a sophomore, added a second-place showing in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
In the men's competition, Warren won a close race in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 23.53, edging Linfield's John Lyon by five one-hundredths of a second.
Gingrich enjoyed a larger cushion in winning the 200-yard breaststroke. His time, 2:23.35, was more than three seconds in front of the runner-up. His time also ties Gingrich for eighth place on Whitman's all-time best-times list for that event.
Warren added a second-place time in the 200-yard backstroke. Three Whitman juniors -- Garth Brand, Keith Jarrett and Johnny Keyes -- also placed second in individual events. Keyes, in his first-year of collegiate swimming, was the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle, as were Brand in the 1,000-yard freestyle and Jarrett in the 100-yard freestyle.
"Garth [Brand] might have pulled that one out," said Blomme, "if he’d been aware of the swimmer in lane one. It was a great effort, regardless."
The Whitman men took second in both relay events.
Danielle Shea garnered the only win for the Whitman women's swim team as Whitworth downed the Missionaries Saturday in Spokane, Wash. The first-year swimmer was one of many Missionaries, however, who posted season’s best times in the 141-64 loss to the powerhouse of Northwest Conference swimming. On the men's side, the Pirates fared just as well, winning 151-44.
"It was really tough competition this weekend," said Coach Jenn Blomme, "but we trained really hard and made the most of the distance races."
Shea, the top scorer for Whitman at this meet, participated in the second place 400-yard medley relay with sophomore Kathy Bui, junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, and first-year swimmer Alexis Krupp (4:19.68), placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.19), and topped the field in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:26.78.
Other notable swims came from first-year swimmer Nora Feeney, who placed second in the 1650-yard freestyle (19:13.60) and third behind teammate Alexis Krupp in the 500-yard freestyle. Their times were 5:33.7 and 5:43.5, respectively.
"Alexis had a great swim, dropping six seconds from last week’s  race, and Nora swam really strong in her 500 considering she’d just swam the mile earlier in the evening," Blomme said.
Krupp had another strong finish in the 200-yard I.M., placing second with a time of 2:21.75. Sophomore Katie Imberg followed for third with a time of 2:41.37.
Rounding out the scoring for the Missionaries were Kathy Bui, who was second in the 50-yard freestyle (26.88), sophomore Allison Boomer, third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:42.1), Alexis Jinbo-Doran, second in the 200-yard breastroke (2:36.1), and the relay team of first-year swimmer Erika Sorenson, Bui, Feeney, and Jinbo-Doran. They finished a close second behind Whitworth in a time of 3:58.7.
Several Missionaries on the men's side also posted season best times.
The 400-yard medley relay team of sophomore Matt Warren, first-year swimmers Jonathan Gingrich and Arthur Jones, and junior Keith Jarrett swam to a second place finish with a time of 3:57.00.
Jones teamed up with other rookie Missionaries Matt Colley, Robert Street, and Johnny Keyes for another second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:40.0).
Warren and Colley came up second and third in the 200-yard backstroke, posting times of 2:13.7 and 2:15.3, respectively. Jarrett swam hard for a third place in the 50-yard freestyle (23.39). In the 1650-yard freestyle juniors Garth Brand finished third (19:22.92) and Brett Lyon finished fourth (20:47.09). And first-year swimmer Drew Stillman dropped three seconds from his previous time to finish fourth in the grueling 200-yard butterfly (2:54.4).
The Missionaries next travel to the Northwest Invitational hosted by Pacific Lutheran University on Dec. 5 and 6.
With junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran and first-year swimmer Danielle Shea placing third in two events, the Whitman women's swim team was in a tight battle for second place as Friday's opening session of the Northwest Invitational concluded at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
The Missionary men's team was in fourth place in its competition. Junior captain Keith Jarrett had the top Friday night finish for Whitman, placing sixth in one event.
Willamette was in first place in the women's scoring with 182 points. Lewis & Clark with 153 points, along with Whitman with 150 and Pacific Lutheran with 149, were battling for second place. Linfield had 125 points and Pacific 34.
In the men's scoring, it was Linfield in front with 229 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran with 195.5 and Willamette with 164.50. Whitman was next with 126 points, well in front of fifth-place Lewis & Clark and its 35 points.
"I was very pleased with the way we competed tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We had worked very, very hard in the water this week, so we came into the meet tired. Plus, the academic pressures at Whitman really get turned up a few notches at this time of year. Given those factors, I'm very happy with the way we focused and competed. Whether we were competing for first or eighth place, we gave it everything we had in each race. I think this was the best competitive edge we've showed as a team this year."
Jinbo-Doran and Shea scored 16 points each by placing third in their events. Jinbo-Doran clocked a season-best swim in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.49), while Shea had a strong swim in the 50-yard freestyle (25.87). First-year swimmer Alexis Krupp finished fourth for fifteen points in the 500-yard freestyle (5:37.37).
Krupp, Shea and Jinbo-Doran also joined sophomore Kathy Bui for a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (4:18.02), acquiring another 32 points in that event.
First-year swimmer Erica Sorenson placed seventh in the 200-yard individual medley, lowering her season-best time by more than four seconds to 2:29.33. Also competing in her first invitational, Nora Feeney placed eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:40.18. Sorensen and Feeney scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Lila Little, Katie Imberg, Allison Boomer, Kathy Bui and Brianna Booth showcased Whitman's team depth. All finished in the top 16 in individual events, combining to score 18 additional team points. Little showed the best individual improvement, breaking the six-minute mark in the 500-yard freestyle, dropping her time by more than 13 seconds to 5:56.20.
In the men's invitational, Jarrett posted his sixth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, scoring 13 points with a time of 23.42. First-year swimmers Jonathan Gingrich and Arthur Jones each nabbed 12 points by placing seventh in their events. Gingrich swam a solid 5:15.94 in the 500-yard freestyle. Jones dropped nearly four seconds for a season-best 2:07.81 in the 200-yard individual medley.
Garth Brand placed ninth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.81, scoring nine points. Others notching points for the Whitman men were junior Brett Lyon and first-year swimmers Robert Street, Drew Stillman, Matt Colley and Clark Blumenstein. Competing in the 500-yard freestyle, Lyon and Stillman trimmed several seconds off their seed times. Stillman dropped ten seconds and Lyon dropped fifteen seconds, finishing in 5:44.78, while Stillman lowered his time by 10 seconds to 6:46.40.
The invitational concludes Saturday with a morning session and evening session.
Danielle Shea placed first in the women's 100-yard butterfly and anchored Whitman's winning effort in the 800-yard freestyle relay during Saturday morning's second session of the Northwest Invitational, hosted by Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Alexis Krupp and Alexis Jinbo-Doran, also members of the winning relay team, placed second in their individual events Saturday morning.
On the men's side, Matt Warren placed second and third in two individual events to pace the Missionaries.
The afternoon session ended with both Whitman teams in fourth place in their respective standings. The Missionary women had totaled 341 points, 58 points behind third-place Pacific Lutheran. The Whitman men had 314 points, 17.5 points behind third-place Willamette. The invitational concludes with a Saturday night session.
Shea, a first-year swimmer, won the women's 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.70. That ranks her sixth all-time for that event at Whitman. Shea joined with Krupp, Jinbo-Doran and Nora Feeney to win the 800-yard freestyle in 8:25.88, beating Willamette by less that five-tenths of a second.
"The 800 relay was definitely our greatest event of the weekend," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It was a great race with both teams going neck-and-neck the whole way. We've never won that relay in a meet since I've been here. Our women did an awesome job."
Krupp, also a first-year competitor, was the runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:57.97, a little more than a second behind the winner, Linfield's Marisa Haruta. Krupp's time moved her into sixth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Jinbo-Doran's second-place effort came in the 100-yard breaststroke, which she finished in 1:10.32, about two seconds behind Willamette's Kate Milleer.
Kathy Bui, a Whitman sophomore, placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a 1:05.76. Teammates Erica Sorensen and Katie Imberg placed ninth and 11th, respectively, in the event.
Sophomore Allison Boomer placed eighth in the 400-yard individual medley, three spots in front of teammate Lila Little, also a sophomore. Erin Phillips, a first-year swimmer, cracked the top ten in the 200-yard freestyle, placing ninth.
In the men's competition, Warren finished second in the 400-yard individual medley. His time, 4:36.01, moves him into ninth place all-time at Whitman.
Warren, a sophomore in his first season at Whitman, added a third-place showing in 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.81. That time keeps Warren in seventh place all-time at Whitman, but freshman teammate Arthur Jones placed fourth in Saturday's race with a time of 58.01, which slips him into eighth place all-time for the Missionaries.
Freshman Matt Colley and junior Garth Brand also swam well in Saturday's 100-yard backstroke, placing eighth and ninth, respectively.
Jones also swam the 100-yard butterfly, placing sixth in 57.53, just ahead of junior teammate Keith Jarrett, who was seventh in 57.94.
Others finishing in the top ten Saturday morning for the Missionary men were sophomore Clark Blumenstein, eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.88; freshman Jonathan Gingrich, eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.65; and freshman Robert Street, who was tenth in 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.14.
Session 2 Results
After finishing second and third in individual events earlier in the meet, Whitman’s Alexis Jinbo-Doran won the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday night in the third and final session of the Northwest Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Jinbo-Doran, a junior team captain, was clocked in 2:29.81, lowering her own school record by nearly two-tenths of a second.
“That was a great swim for Alexis,” Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. “Not only did she come back to beat the swimmer she finished behind in the 100-yard breaststroke, she came that much closer to the national qualifying mark in the 200.”
Both Whitman teams finished fourth in the two-day invitational. The women’s squad scored 519 points, finishing 54 points behind third-place Willamette. The men’s team totaled 449 points, 43.5 points behind their Willamette counterparts. Pacific Lutheran won the women’s meet with 617 points, while Linfield was the men’s winner with 757 points.
“Willamette was really within reach for both our men’s and women’s teams,” Blomme said. “That was a big step forward for our men, coming as close as they did to Willamette.”
Whitworth and Puget Sound, the top swim programs in the conference, did not compete in the invitational, which skewed the results and comparative strengths of the remaining schools, Blomme said. “With Puget Sound and Whitworth absent, this was not necessarily the testing ground for the conference championships that we thought it was going to be. When all schools compete at conference, I think our strengths as a team will show more loudly.”
Junior Garth Brand and sophomore Matt Warren were Saturday night’s top performers for the Missionary men. Brand placed fourth in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in a caree-best 18:57.87, while Warren had the same placing in the 200-yard backstroke. Warren’s time, 2:05.87, moved him into fourth-place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Two first-year Missionary women, Alexis Krupp and Nora Feeney, finished second in their events. Feeney’s time in the 1,650-yard freestyle was a career-best 19:12.52. Krupp’s time in the 200-yard butterfly, 2:26.79, was less than 1.5 seconds behind the event winner. It was Krupp’s second runner-up placing in the meet.
Danielle Shea, also a first-year swimmer, finished just behind Krupp in the 200-yard butterfly, placing third in 2:26.78. After swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle, Feeney returned to take sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:38.03.
Two other Missionaries, junior Keith Jarrett and sophomore Kathy Bui, also placed sixth in their respective 100-yard freestyle events . Bui finished in 59.02, while Jarrett posted a time of 51.65.
First-year swimmers Jonathan Gingrich and Robert Street placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.67 and 2:37.54. Drew Stillman, also a freshman, added a seventh-place showing in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:56.62.
Six other Missionaries had top ten finishes in Saturday night’s final session. First-year swimmer Erica Sorensen and senior Katie Imberg were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke, while freshman Matt Colley was eighth in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Brett Lyon took ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Sophomores Allison Booth in the 200-yard butterfly and Lila Little in the 1,650-yard freestyle both finished in tenth place.
“This was really a marathon weekend of swimming,” Blomme said. “Overall, I was very pleased with how well we swam as a team, and how we’re starting to come together as a team. We have to remember that about two-thirds of this team is all new. We’re starting to get excited about who we are as a team, and what we can become.”
Garth Brand, Keith Jarrett, Jonathan Gingrich and Danielle Shea picked up victories for the Whitman swim teams during a dual meet Saturday against the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif. Pomona-Pitzer was the victor in the team scoring, winning the men's dual meet 111-65 and the women's contest 150-55.
Jarrett, a junior, won the men's 50-yard freestyle in 23.79 as Whitman swimmers swept three of the top four spots in that event. Brand, also a junior, was third in 25.02, while freshman Arthur Jones was fourth in 25.16.
Warren added a victory in the 500-yard freestyle (5:23.22), as did Gingrich in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:56.01). The men's team placed second in four events: Warren in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.83), Jarrett in the 100-yard freestyle (53.36), and freshman Robert Street in both the 200-yard breaststroke (2:37.71) and 200-yard freestyle (2:05.09).
Shea scored her victory in the 100-yard freestyle, winning that race in 59.78.
Both decisions were close as the Whitman swim teams split with Willamette Friday in a Northwest Conference dual swim meet in the Sherwood Center pool. The Missionary men won 94-91 while the Whitman women fell 106-99.
"Alumni witnesses say the men’s team hasn’t beat Willamette in at least a dozen years," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "What an exciting, awesome meet!"
Garth Brand, junior, posted double victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:58.80) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.33) to lead the men’s team. Brand's time in the 1,000-yard freestyle moves him into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Sophomores Matt Warren and Arthur Jones also had individual wins and joined junior teammates Johnny Keyes and Keith Jarrett in a victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:45.94). Warren swam 50.59 to win the 100-yard freestyle, and Jones posted a 1:00.14 to capture the 100-yard backstroke.
Sophomore Jonathan Gingrich was timed in 5:15.72 to finish a close second to Brand in the 500-yard free. Freshman Matt Colley finished second behind Jones in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.88. Jones added a second-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.15.
Other Whitman men placing second were juniors Johnny Keyes in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.13) and Keith Jarrett in both the 100-yard butterfly (57.66) and 50-yard freestyle (23.28).
Freshman Drew contributed scoring depth with a third-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle (13:39.45). Colley was third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.01), and Warren added a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (23.33).
Four Missionary women posted individual wins. First-year swimmer Nora Feeney commanded a healthy lead throughout the 1,000-yard freestyle, winning by nearly 23 seconds with a time of 11:24.81. Danielle Shea, also in her first year of swimming, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.38, while sophomore Kathy Bui beat the field in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.02. First-year swimmer Alexis Krupp was an easy winner in 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.10, nearly six seconds faster than her closest competitor.
Bui, Shea and Krupp also joined junior captain Alexis Jinbo-Doran to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.56.
Jinbo-Doran garnered a second place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.54) and a third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.74). Krupp finished in 2:23.35 for second place in the 200-yard individual medley. Shea was second in the 50-yard freestyle (26.48), finishing one spot in front of junior teammate Brianna Booth, who was clocked with a time of 27.75.
Others placing third for the Whitman women were Feeney in the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.01), sophomore Lila Little in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:08.45), and first-year swimmer Erika Sorenson in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.44).
The Whitman women needed a win in the final race of the night to beat their Willamette counterparts in the team scoring. Unfortunately, the foursome of Bui, Booth, Sorenson and first-year swimmer Erin Phillips came up just short in 200-yard freestyle relay. Their second-place time of 1:51.40 was three seconds behind the winning Bearcat quartet.
The Whitman men (Gingrich, Colley, Street, and Brand), who also finished second in their freestyle relay, had already secured enough points for team victory.
"It’s a heartbreaker, for sure, to finish so close to such a strong rival," Blomme said of her women team's narrow loss. "Switching out a competitor here or there could have made a bigger difference for either team. But to put it in perspective, we had some excellent racing tonight after some extremely hard training and horrible traveling. We worked hard in California over break and had some major distractions caused by the weather, so everyone is exhausted. Exhausted, but ready for the payoff."
The Missionares continue conference action with a dual meet against Pacific Lutheran at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
As was the case the night before against Willamette, the Whitman women's swim team got off to a strong start Saturday against Pacific Lutheran, winning the opening relay and first individual event. Unfortunately for the Missionaries, the final outcome was also the same, as the visiting team rallied for enough points down the stretch to win the Northwest Conference dual meet in the Sherwood Center pool.
The final point total was 114 to 91 in favor of the Pacific Lutheran women. The Lutes also won the men's dual meet Saturday, 131 to 61.
The Whitman women opened the meet with a decisive victory in the 400-yard medley relay. First-year swimmers Alexis Krupp and Danielle Shea teamed with sophomore Kathy Bui and junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran to win the event in 4:24.52. Nora Feeney, also a first-year swimmer, followed by taking the 1,650-yard freestyle in 19:32.33, beating her nearest challenger by 45 seconds.
Feeney returned for a second victory in the 500-yard freestyle, winning that race in 5:43.15. Other winners for the Missionaries were Shea in the 200-yard butterfly (2:25.42), Krupp in the 400-yard individual medley (4:55.39), and Jinbo-Doran in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.53). Krupp's time in the 400-yard IM moved her a notch higher on Whitman's all-time list for that event; she now sits in fifth place.
In the men's meet, Whitman's only victory came in the concluding 400-yard freestyle relay. Juniors Keith Jarret and Johnny Keyes joined sophomores Matt Warren and Arthur Jones to win by more than 14 seconds, posting a time of 3:30.55.
Jarrett was second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.19), as were Brand in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:40.23) and Jones in the 200-yard butterfly (2:17.10). Brand's time in the 1,650-yard freestyle moves him into tenth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Puget Sound men 129, Whitman 69
Walla Walla, Wash.
The University of Puget Sound, long a dominant force in Northwest Conference swimming, rolled to victories over Whitman and Pacific Friday evening in the Sherwood Center pool.
In the women’s dual meet scoring, Puget Sound clipped Whitman 68-27 and pounded Pacific’s first-year program 87-7. The Missionary women scored a 75-19 victory over their Pacific counterparts. Pacific doesn’t have a men’s squad, so Friday’s competition was limited to Puget Sound and Whitman. The visitors were victorious by a 129-69 margin.
"Despite the tough competition from Puget Sound, it was a great meet and we had a lot of great times," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "This puts us into a better position going into the conference championships."
Sophomore Arthur Jones posted two victories for the Missionary men, one of which came in the 100-yard breaststroke after junior teammate Keith Jarrett was disqualified for a flutter kick. Jarrett was clocked in 1:05.00, which despite the disqualification, was "still an amazing time for Keith," Blomme said.
Jones also won the 100-yard backstroke, holding a solid lead throughout the race. His time (57.64) moved him into seventh place on Whitman’s all-time list for the event.
Jarrett nearly picked up a victory in the 100-yard butterfly, placing second in 56.68, just eight one-hundredths of a second behind the winner. His time moves him into tenth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Two Whitman women also won events in competition against both Puget Sound and Pacific opponents.
Nora Feeney, a first-year swimmer, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.25, a season-best time. Feeney also lowered her season-best time in the 1650-yard freestyle, placing second in 19:00.01.
Danielle Shea, another first-year swimmer, won the 100-yard freestyle in 57.80, the best time posted by a Whitman swimmer in that event this season.
Junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, a women’s team captain, placed second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.61) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.51). Alexis Krupp, another of the first-year swimmers, was second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.42).
Four Whitman men finished as runners-up in their individual events.
Jonathan Gingrich, a freshman, just missed a victory in the 500-yard freestyle, placing second in 5:08.84, his season-best time by more than six seconds. His time was less than two-tenths of a second behind the winner, Puget Sound’s Ian Colville.
Matt Colley, also a freshman, had a season-best time (1:56.65) in placing second in the 200-yard freestyle. Johnny Keyes, a junior swimming his first season with the Missionaries, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.01. Matt Warren, a sophomore, finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 2:07.99.
The Whitman men also placed second in both relay events. Warren, Jones, Gingrich and Jarrett swam the 200-yard medley in 1:46.33, little more than a second behind the winning Puget Sound team. Colley teamed with junior Garth Brand and freshmen Drew Stillman and Robert Street to post a 1:39.89 in the 200- yard freestyle relay, finishing 1.5 seconds out of first.
In the women’s 200-yard freestyle, Whitman got a strong second-place showing from Bui, Jinbo-Doran, Krupp and Shea. Their 1:46.53 time was 1.2 seconds out of first.
Blomme singled out three of her first-year swimmers -- Danielle Alvarado, Katharine Curles and Ashley Apel -- who won't be able to compete in the Northwest Conference Championships (Feb. 13-15) because of entry limitations. All three swimmers went through the tapering process last week in preparation for the final weekend of the regular season, Blomme noted, and "all three had their greatest success today in their strokes."
Despite a strained foot, which required her to wear a protective/rehabilitative boot last week, Alvarado swam a season-best 1:20.90 in 100-yard butterfly. Curles registered a "phenomenal drop" in the 100-yard backstroke, Blomme said, trimming a 1:21.0 early season time to 1:12.19. Apel dropped more than seconds from her time in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing that race in 1:34.18.
With Matt Warren, Arthur Jones, Alexis Krupp and Alexis Jinbo-Doran each winning two events, the Whitman swim teams rolled to dual meet victories over the California Institute of Technology Saturday in the Sherwood Center pool. Whitman won the women's meet 135-68 and the men's meet 115-83.
Krupp, a first-year swimmer from Santa Cruz, Calif., won the women's 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.00 and spearheaded a 1-2-3 Whitman sweep in the 200-yard butterfly with a winning time of 2:20.56. Her time in the butterfly moves her into seventh place all-time at Whitman for that event. Sophomores Danielle Phillips-Dorsett and Lily Sobolik placed second and third, respectively.
Jinbo-Doran, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, posted a career-best time in winning the women's 400-yard individual medley in 4:56.62. Her other victory came in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:34.99.
Jones, a sophomore from Bellevue, Wash., in his first year of swimming at Whitman, took the men's 200-yard butterfly in 2:12.37, the tenth-best time ever posted by a Missionary swimmer in that event. Jones also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.08, edging freshman teammate Matt Colley by just over one second.
Warren, a sophomore from Everett, Wash., was an easy winner in his two events, the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.13) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:38.90).
Jonathan Gingrich, a freshman from Mercer Island, Wash., won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:42.62, a time that moves him into eighth place all-time at Whitman for that event. Johnny Keyes, a junior from Walla Walla in his first year of collegiate swimming, also cracked Whitman's all-time list in winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.10, which ranks him tenth.
Garth Brand, a junior from Monument, Colo., was also a winner for the Whitman men, topping the 500-yard freestyle in 5:19.34.
Nora Feeney and Erica Sorensen each won one event for the Missionary women.
Feeney, a first-year swimmer from Davis, Calif., led a 1-2-3 Missionary sweep in the 1,000-yard freestyle, moving from ninth to seventh on Whitman's all-time list with a time of 11:19.70. Sophomore Lila Little was second and first-year swimmer Erin Phillips third.
Sorensen, a first-year swimmer from Auburn, Wash., paced another Whitman sweep in the 200-yard backstroke, winning in a season-best time of 2:28.40. Senior Katie Imberg and first-year competitor Katherine Curles also had season-best times, finishing second and third, respectively.
The Whitman women won relay events. Jinbo-Doran and Shea teamed with sophomore Kathy Bui and junior Brianna Booth to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.15. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Bui, Booth, Krupp and Shea winning in 1:48.48.
Whitman also took first in the men's 200-yard freestyle relay. Jarrett, Brand, Jones and Warren clocked a winning time of 1:34.15, beating a Cal-Tech foursome by less than three tenths of a second.
Saturday's meet ends the regular season for the Whitman swim teams. They compete next in the Northwest Conference Championships, slated for Feb. 13-15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Led by rookies Danielle Shea and Nora Feeney, a total of 11 Whitman swimmers battled through the morning preliminaries to advance to the evening finals as the Northwest Conference Championships got underway Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Shea posted the morning’s second-best time in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, finishing her heat in 25.41, just six one-hundredths of a second behind the pace-setter, Theresa Likarish of Lewis & Clark. Shea's time moves her from fourth to second on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Michelle Zinanti set the school record in 1992 at 24.75.
Feeney had the morning's third-best time, 5:27.71, in the 500-yard freestyle. Her time moves her into seventh all-time at Whitman for that event.
Four other Missionaries -- Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Arthur Jones, Alexis Krupp and Keith Jarrett -- also advanced to this evening's championship finals in their events. Swimmers with the top eight times in the morning preliminaries advance to the evening finals in each event.
Five more Missionaries advanced to tonight's consolation finals, which are for swimmers who placed from ninth through 16th in the morning preliminaries. In tonight's consolation finals are Erin Phillips, Erica Sorensen, Kathy Bui, Garth Brand and Johnny Keyes.
Jinbo-Doran and Krupp placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the preliminaries of the women’s 200-yard individual medley. Jinbo-Doran, a junior captain, clocked a career-best 2:16.93, although she stays in third place all-time at Whitman for event. Krupp, a first-year swimmer, was timed in a season-best 2:17.23, good enough for fourth place all-time at Whitman.
Jones, a sophomore in his first year of collegiate swimming, had the morning’s sixth-best time in the men’s 200-yard individual medley. His time was 2:01.29, his season-best effort by more than six seconds. Jones moved into fifth place on Whitman’s all-time list for that event.
Jarrett, a junior captain, shaved more than a second off his career-best time in the men’s 50-yard freestyle, finishing in eighth place in the morning preliminaries. His time also places him seventh all-time at Whitman.
Keyes and Brand, a pair of juniors, advanced to the consolation finals of the men’s 500-yard freestyle by placing 13th and 16th, respectively. Keyes, in his first year of collegiate swimming, lowered his season-best time by more than 20 seconds to 5:07.11. Brand finished in 5:08.77, also a season-best effort.
Bui, a sophomore, had the morning’s 14th-best time in the 50-yard freestyle, matching her season-best time of 26.85.
Sorensen and Phillips, two more first-year swimmers, advanced to the consolation finals by placing 16th in their events. Sorensen was timed in 2:24.98 in the women’s 200-yard individual medley, while Phillips was clocked in 5:49.67 in the women’s 500-yard freestyle.
Whitman’s Jonathan Gingrich, a freshman, just missed advancing to the consolation finals in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 17th in 5:10.93. Two more Missionary freshmen, Robert Street and Drew Stillman, placed 20th and 21st, respectively, with times of 5:20.98 and 6:06.14.
Other finishers for Whitman in the women’s 500-yard freestyle were sophomore Lila Little, 22nd, 5:59.82; senior Ellen Klobucher, 24th, 6:03.38; junior Kristyn Vytlacil, 28th, 6:10.05; and sophomore Lily Sobolik, 30th, 6:22.03.
In the women’s 200-yard individual medley, other Missionary finishers were sophomore Allison Boomer, 20th, 2:31.82; senior Katie Imberg, 21st, 2:33.33; senior Nancy Kianoush, 26th, 2:37.45; and sophomore Natalie Loebner, 32nd, 2:44.92.
In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, Whitman junior Brianna Booth placed 24th in 27.82.
Sparked by record-breaking performances by junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran and others, the Whitman women’s swim team was in fourth place – just nine points out of second place – as opening day of the Northwest Conference Championships concluded Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Jinbo-Doran, a junior captain, set a new Whitman school record in the women’s 200-yard individual medley, placing fourth in 2:14.02. Shauna Coleman set the previous record, 2:14.91, in 1994.
Jinbo-Doran also teamed with sophomore Kathy Bui and first-year swimmers Danielle Shea and Alexis Krupp to set a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay. With each of its members swimming their best splits of the season, the foursome finished in 4:11.61, placing third. Whitman’s previous record was 4:14.04, set in 1996 by Kim Adler, Joan Ogle, Abby Hulme and Brynne Hamilton.
The Missionary women’s team finished Friday’s events with 123 points, just seven points behind third-place Whitworth and nine points in back of second-place Willamette. Puget Sound was well ahead of the eight-school field with 214 points.
The Whitman men’s team totaled 57 points on Friday, good enough for seventh place. Whitworth with 228 points was in first place on the men’s side.
“This is the best Friday start we have had by far,” fourth-year Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. “The women are fourth and not that far out of second. The swimming by everyone is incredible. I’m really proud of our swimming, our level of competitiveness and our enthusiasm. We have lots of team spirit and support.”
For Jinbo-Doran, Friday’s school record is her second. She set a new school mark in the 200-yard breaststroke at last year’s conference championships. “Obviously, Alexis was phenomenal in her event today,” Blomme said. “The record swim was inspirational, a real highlight for the whole team.”
Junior Keith Jarrett and sophomore Arthur Jones posted Friday’s best finishes for the Whitman men. Jarrett was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.73, while Jones had the same placing in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.84.
Junior Garth Brand, however, had Whitman’s most inspirational swim for the men’s squad Friday night. Brand trimmed more than nine seconds off his morning time in the 500-yard freestyle, breaking the coveted five-minute barrier with a time of 4:59.21. He placed 11th in the consolation finals and jumped from 10th to sixth place on Whitman’s all-time list for that event.
Bouncing back from a disappointing morning time, Brand “kept cool, mentally ready-to-race and had the best swim of his life,” Blomme said. “Garth showed great heart.”
Johnny Keyes, a Whitman junior in his first year of collegiate swimming, also swam in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 14th in 5:08.49.
Jinbo-Doran wasn’t the only member of the Whitman women’s team who excelled individually in Friday evening’s finals.
First-year swimmers Danielle Shea and Nora Feeney placed third and fourth, respectively, in the finals of their events. Shea finished the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 25.37 (she remains in second place all-time at Whitman for that event). Feeney’s time in the 500-yard freestyle was 5:26.62, which moves her from seventh to sixth all-time at Whitman.
Alexis Krupp, another first-year swimmer, placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:16.68. She remains fourth all-time at Whitman for that event.
Kathy Bui, a sophomore, finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 26.70.
First-year swimmers Erin Phillips and Erica Sorensen placed 16th in their finals. Phillips swam a season-best 5:46.72 in the 500-yard freestyle, while Sorensen was clocked in 2:25.15 in the 200-yard individual medley.
In the 200-yard freestyle relays, Whitman teams placed sixth on the men’s side and seventh among the women. The men’s 400-yard medley relay team was disqualified.
The championships continue through Saturday and Sunday.
The Whitman women’s swim team continued to rewrite the school’s record book in Saturday morning preliminary heats at the Northwest Conference Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran claimed her third school record, and second in two days, with a time of 1:08.71 in the 100-yard breaststroke. That time sends her into tonight’s finals with the third-best qualifying mark. She needs to trim just 12 one-hundredths of a second off her morning time to meet the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships.
Jinbo-Doran broke the school record (1:09.47) set by Abby Hulme in 1995. Jinbo- Doran also holds school records for the 200-yard breaststroke, which she set last year, and the 200-yard individual medley, which she set yesterday.
Competing in the 100-yard butterfly, first-year swimmer Danielle Shea also set a new school record in Saturday morning’s preliminaries. Her time, 1:01.08, moves her into the evening finals with the third-best time. Jennifer New set Whitman’s previous record (1:01.34) in 2000. Shea’s new record is less than one second from the provisional qualifying time for NCAA championships.
In the men’s meet, sophomores Matt Warren and Arthur Jones had strong days, qualifying for the championship finals in two events each.
Warren placed second in the preliminaries of the 100-yard backstroke in 54.54, and eighth in the 400-yard individual medley, finishing in 4:27.85, an eight-second improvement in his season-best time. He moved from eighth to second all-time at Whitman in the backstroke, and he jumped from ninth to third in the individual medley.
Jones finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.09, going from seventh to third on Whitman's top ten list. He added an eighth-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking a time of 54.76 and moving into fifth place all-time at Whitman.
Keith Jarrett, a junior, just missed advancing to the championships finals in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing with the morning’s ninth-best time, 55.63. That ranks him eighth all-time at Whitman as he heads into tonight’s consolation finals.
Jarrett had similar results in the 100-yard breaststroke, advancing to the finals in 10th place with a time of 1:04.24. That moves him into seventh place all-time at Whitman. Teammate Johnny Keyes, also a junior, will join Jarrett in tonight’s consolation finals as the No. 12 seed. His morning time, 1:04.81, moves him into eighth place on Whitman’s top ten list.
First-year swimmers Alexis Krupp and Nora Feeney both qualified for the championship finals in the 400-yard individual medley. Krupp advances as the third seed with a time of 4:46.41, which moves her from fifth to second on Whitman's all-time list. Feeney’s time (4:55.60) makes her the fifth seed for tonight’s finals, and places her sixth on the all-time list.
Sophomore Allison Boomer also competed in the 400-yard individual medley, advancing to the consolation finals in in 14th place with a time of 5:17.42. That was her career-best time by about 14 seconds.
Sophomore Kathy Bui had a strong race in the 100-yard backstroke, posting the morning’s fifth-best time at 1:05.39. That time represents a slight improvement on the eighth-place time she already holds on Whitman’s all-time list.
Two of Bui’s teammates, first-year swimmer Erica Sorensen and senior Katie Imberg, advanced to the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke. Sorensen’s time of 1:07.96 makes her the No. 13 seed, while Imberg is the No. 14 seed with a time of 1:07.99.
Junior co-captain Garth Brand dropped over 18 seconds to qualify for the consolation finals at the No. 14 seed in the 400-yard individual medley. His morning time (4:40.13) moves him into 10th place on Whitman’s all-time list.
Matt Colley and Robert Street, two Missionary freshmen, made the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle. Colley had the morning’s 10th best time, 1:52.51, while Street finished in 1:59.49, good enough for 13th place in the preliminaries.
Colley also advanced in the 100-yard backstroke, placing 11th in 1:00.24.
In the women’s 200-yard freestyle, first-year swimmer Erin Phillips squeaked into the consolation finals, placing 16th in 2:13.40.
Sophomore Kristyn Vytlacil also qualified as a No. 16 seed, posting a time of 1:19.36 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Freshman Drew Stillman just missed advancing in the 100-yard butterfly, placing 17th in 1:05.93.
Several other Missionary swimmers failed to qualify for the evening races, but they helped Whitman post a perfect day in that all swimmers registered season- best times.
Sophomore Lila Little dropped seven seconds in the 400-yard individual medley, placing 22nd in 5:42.99. Sophomores Danielle Phillips-Dorsett and Lily Sobolik both improved their times in 100-yard butterfly, with Phillips-Dorsett placing 18th in 1:09.61 (one-half second out of 16th) and Sobolik taking 22nd in 1:14.36.
In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Kianoush Naficy dropped two seconds (1:12.02) for 21st place, senior Ellen Klobucher cut more than two seconds (1:15.43) for 26th place, and first-year swimmer Lisa Doane trimmed one second (1:18.08) for 27th place.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Phillips-Dorsett, sophomore Natalie Loebner and junior Brianna Booth all dropped over three seconds to finish with season-best times. Dorsett was 22nd in 1:21.42, while Loebner and Booth were 26th and 27th, respectively, in times of 1:24.20 and 1:24.60.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran made Whitman swimming history Saturday night at the Northwest Conference Championships, becoming the first Missionary swimmer to register an NCAA national qualifying time since the conference shifted its affiliation from the NAIA to the NCAA in the mid-1990s.
Competing in the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, Jinbo-Doran finished third with a time of 1:08.40. That lowered her Whitman school record for the event and beat the 1:08.59 provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA national championships, slated for mid-March in St. Louis, Mo.
Jinbo-Doran also teamed with sophomore Kathy Bui and first-year swimmers Danielle Shea and Alexis Krupp to place fourth in the 200-yard medley relay, breaking a Whitman school record with a time of 1:55.24. The previous record was set in 1997.
In the team scoring at the end of day two, the Whitman women's squad remained in fourth place with 271 points -- 18 points behind third-place Willamette. Puget Sound was in first with 544, well ahead of second-place Whitworth and its 298 points.
In the men's team scoring, Whitman was in seventh place with 201 points. Whitworth was in front with 486 points, followed by Linfield in second with 377.5 points.
Krupp and sophomore Matt Warren placed third in their individual events.
Krupp, honored early in the evening as a conference scholar-athlete, dropped her season-best time in the 400-yard individual medley to 4:45.83. Krupp is No. 1 on Whitman's all-time list. Nora Feeney, another first-year swimmer, placed fourth in the 400-yard medley in 4:50.71, which moves her to fifth-place all-time at Whitman.
Warren was timed in 54.90 in placing third in the 100-yard backstroke. Arthur Jones, also a sophomore, was fourth in the backstroke event in 55.39. Warren added a seventh-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley, posting a season-best 4:23.27. That puts him second place on Whitman's all-time top ten list.
Jones also made the championships finals of a second event, placing eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.38.
Shea showed championship potential in the women's 100-yard butterfly, leading all swimmers into the final turn of that race. Three swimmers caught her down the stretch, however, as Shea placed fourth in 1:01.28.
Bui finished sixth in the women's 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.69.
Several Missionaries placed in Saturday's consolation finals. Junior Keith Jarrett reigned "king of the consoles," winning two events by placing ninth. After clocking a 56.08 time in the 100-yard butterfly, Jarrett swam a career-best 1:03.40 in the 100-yard breaststroke, moving into sixth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Johnny Keyes, another junior, also had a season-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 11th in 1:04.24.
Matt Colley, a freshman and conference scholar-athlete, placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle in a career-best 1:50.78. Colley also placed 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.08. Robert Street, another freshman, joined Colley in the consoles of the 200-yard freestyle, placing 14th in a season-best 1:59.18.
In the 400-yard individual medley events, junior Garth Brand and sophomore Allison Boomer both placed 14th in their races. The times were 4:40.40 for Brand and 5:18.07 for Boomer.
Sophomore Erica Sorensen and senior Katie Imberg had season-best times in the 100-yard backstroke, placing 14th and 15th, respectively, in 1:07.58 and 1:07.85. Junior Kristyn Vytlacil finished 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best 1:18.47. First-year swimmer Erin Phillips placed 16th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.31.
The Whitman women placed third in their other relay, the 800-yard freestyle. First-year swimmer Nora Feeney joined Jinbo-Doran, Shea and Krupp for season-best time of 8:13.08.
In the men's 200-yard medley relay, the quartet of Warren, Keyes, Jones and Jarrett placed sixth in 1:43.12. Keyes, Brand, College and freshman Jonathan Gingrich finished seventh in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:37.51.
Alexis Jinbo-Doran swam the morning session's third-best time in the 200-yard breatstroke to lead a handful of Missionaries into the championship finals later this evening at the Northwest Conference Championships, taking place at the King Country Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Jinbo-Doran, a junior, was clocked at 2:29.46, which lowers her existing Whitman school record by nearly one-half of a second. Her goal in tonight's finals is to swim at least 2:28.99, which is the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships in mid-March. She has already made one provisional qualifying time during the conference championships.
Alexis Krupp, a first-year swimmer, placed fourth in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly. Her time, 2:19.11, moves her from seventh to sixth on Whitman's all-time top ten list.
Danielle Shea, another first-year swimmer, and sophomore Matt Warren both placed fifth in their preliminary events. In the 200-yard backstroke, Warren was timed in 2:02.02 (his season-best effort by nearly four seconds), which moves him from fourth to third on the all-time list, while Shea posted a 56.39 in the 100-yard freestyle, which vaults her into fourth place on the top ten list for that event.
Several Missionaries advanced to tonight's consolation finals (9th-16th place in the preliminaries). Junior Johnny Keyes, sophomore Kathy Bui and and freshman Matt Colley finished 11th in their events. Keyes advanced from 10th to sixth on Whitman's all-time list for the 200-yard breaststroke, dropping three seconds for a season-best 2:20.94. Bui's time in the 100-yard freestyle was 58.87. Colley sliced his season-best time in the 200-yard backstroke by more than two seconds, to 2:11.74.
Two freshmen, Jonathan Gingrich in the 200-yard breaststroke and Drew Stillman in the 200-yard butterfly, placed 12th in their preliminary events. Gingrich finished in a season-best 2:22.56, while Stillman's knocked 11 seconds off his season-best time to finish at 2:37.88. Robert Street, also a freshman, was 16th in the breaststroke event with a time of 2:30.10, a personal drop of four seconds.
Others advancing to the consolation finals were sophomore Allison Boomer, 14th in 200-yard butterfly in a season-best 2:36.98; first-year swimmer Erica Sorensen, 15th in 200-yard backstroke in 2:25.25, a four-second drop that moves her into 10th place all-time at Whitman; and junior Brianna Booth, 15th in the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:00.48.
Seniors Katie Imberg and Kianoush Naficy finished 19th and 20th, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke with season-best times of 2:30.33 and 2:34.62. First-year swimmer Lisa Doane also clocked her best time of the season, placing 27th in 2:42.10.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Kristyn Vytlacil placed 20th in 2:54.88, dropping eight seconds from her season-best time; sophomore Natalie Loebner also had a season-best time, placing 25th in 3:02.72.
In the 200-yard buttefly, sophomores Danielle Phillips-Dorsett and Lily Sobolik placed 21st and 22nd in 2:47.64 and 2:52.69. Phillips-Dorsett's time was her season-best effort by 11 seconds, while Sobolik dropped an incredible 25 seconds.
The NWC championships conclude with tonight's session, which starts at 5 p.m.
With junior Alexis Jinbo-Doran and first-year swimmers Nora Feeney and Danielle Shea placing third in Sunday night's final individual events, the Whitman women's swim team capped three days of intense swimming by finishing fourth in the Northwest Conference Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Missionary women scored 388 points, finishing just 11 points behind third-place Willamette and 49 points behind second-place Whitworth. Puget Sound was the runaway winner in the women's scoring, taking first among the eight schools with 805 points.
For the Whitman women's team, this year's meet was one of its best ever. Only once previously, in fact, had the Missionary women amassed more points at the NWC championships. That was at the 1992 meet, when they scored 416 points, placing fifth among six schools.
In this year's individual events, Missionary women placed in the championship flight (top eight) a total of 13 times, up from eight in 2003 and just three in 2002. Other NWC coaches took note of the improvement by naming Whitman's fourth-year coach, Jenn Blomme, the NWC Women's Swim Coach of the Year.
In the men's team scoring, Whitman also showed improvement by finishing in sixth place with 279 points. Missionary men placed in the championship flight seven times at the meet, after failing to place any in 2003 and just one in 2002. This year, Whitworth was first in the men's scoring with 689 points, followed by Linfield with 577.5 points and Puget Sound with 483.
Jinbo-Doran provided Whitman's top highlight Sunday night, placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.34, besting her school record by over one second and meeting the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships in March.
In the first event of the evening, Nora Feeney took third in the grueling 1650-yard freestyle, lowering her season-best time by more than 34 seconds to 18:25.37. That time moved her from seventh to fourth place all-time at Whitman. Sophomore Lila Little and first-year swimmer Erin Phillips also swam the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing 13th (20:17.61) and 14th (20:23.25), respectively. Senior Ellen Klobucher finished 17th (20:51.15), knocking an impressive 88 seconds off of her season-best effort.
Danielle Shea chalked up her third-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle final, lowering her season-best time by nearly two seconds to 56.07, the fourth fastest time in Whitman history. Sophomore Kathy Bui and junior Brianna Booth also trimmed their best marks in the consolation finals, taking 10th and 14th, respectively. Bui improved to 57.94 while Booth finished in 59.72.
In the 200-yard butterfly, first-year swimmer Alexis Krupp posted another strong performance, placing fourth in 2:18.77, a season-best effort that improves her standing as sixth all-time at Whitman. Sophomore Allison Boomer had her best swim of the season in the consolation finals, overtaking three swimmers in the last 75 yards to place 12th in 2:31.13. That was her season-best time by nearly six seconds.
In the women's final event of the night, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Missionary team of Bui, Jinbo-Doran, Krupp and Shea finished fourth in a season-best 3:46.20.
Erica Sorenson, a first-year swimmer competing in the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke, placed 15th with a time of 2:25.46, a bit slower than her season-best 2:25.25 time from the morning preliminaries.
Matt Warren, a sophomore, had Sunday night's best individual efforts for the Whitman men's team. He placed sixth in the 200-yard backstroke 2:02.73, slightly slower than his season-best time during the morning preliminaries. Freshman Matt Colley swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard backstroke, finishing 10th overall in a season-best 2:10.52, which moves him into eighth place all-time at Whitman. Warren's morning time places him third all-time in the event.
Warren also cracked Whitman's top 10 list in swimming the opening leg of the 400-yard relay in 49.33. Because it came at the start of the relay, Warren's split time qualifies as a 100-yard freestyle time. Warren now sits in sixth place all-time at Whitman in that event.
Warren teamed with Colley, junior Keith Jarrett and sophomore Arthur Jones to place sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:20.26, less than two seconds out of fourth place.
In the men's 1650-yard freestyle, junior Garth Brand finished ninth in 17:31.01, his best time by more than a minute and good enough to move him into eighth place all-time at Whitman. Freshman Jonathan Gingrich, swimming the event for the first time all year, finished 12th in 17:41.92, giving him the ninth-best time in Whitman history.
Johnny Keyes, a junior, was one of three Missionaries who made consolation finals in 200-yard breaststroke, finishing 11th in 2:19.42. That time moves him from sixth to fifth on Whitman's top 10 list. Gingrich and freshman Robert Street also swam in the consolation heat, finishing 14th and 15th, respectively. Gingrich finished in 2:25.18 while Steet was clocked in 2:28.52.
Drew Stillman, another freshman, took 12th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:39.22.
In the individual women's scoring, Jinbo-Doran and Shea both scored 47 points to finish in an eighth-place tie with two swimmers from Whitworth and Puget Sound. Feeney finished in 12th place with 46 points. Krupp finished in a three-way tie for 14th place with 44 points.
With four women placing in the top 16, Whitman had the second highest number among the individual leaders. Only Puget Sound, which took the women's team title, had more individuals (seven) in the top 16.
Final Team Scores