Whitman College Swimming

2004-05 Season Highlights


Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon
Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Saturday, November 6

Alexis Krupp, Nancy Alexander and Kathy Bui for the women and Clint Collier, Keith Jarrett and Johnny Keyes for the men were the top overall performers for the Whitman swim teams at the season-opening Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon, held Saturday at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

Each swimmer was ranked on their combined times from the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in each of the strokes -- freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

Krupp, a sophomore and team captain, placed 17th overall in a women's field of about 140 swimmers. Her total time for the five events was 3:12.13. Her best swims were the 100-yard individual medley, where she placed 14th in 1:06.33, and the 50-yard butterfly, where she was 18th in 29.53.

Alexander, a first-year swimmer, finished 23rd overall with a total time of 3:15.13. She placed a strong 10th in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 30.41, and was clocked in 1:07.60 in her 27th-place effort in the 100-yard individual medley.

Bui, a junior, was 26th in the overall standings with a combined time of 3:15.45. She was 15th in both the 50-yard backstroke (31.40) and 50-yard freestyle (26.81).

On the men's side, Collier had the best overall finish for the Missionaries, placing 30th with a total time of 2:54.04 for the five events. The freshman made his best showings in the 50-yard backstroke, taking 24th in 28.88, and in the 50-yard butterfly, finishing 27th in 26.45. Collier also was 28th in 50-yard breaststroke (31.69).

Jarrett and Keyes, two seniors, were next in line for the Missionaries in the overall standings, placing 33rd and 34th, respectively, with nearly identical total times of 2:55.29 and 2:55.31.

Jarrett, a team captain, made his biggest splash in the 50-yard breaststroke, where his time of 30.21 was good for 16th place. He was 17th in both the 50-yard butterfly (25.97) and 50-yard freestyle (23.32).

Keyes, starting only his second season of college swimming, was 24th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.13) and 29th in the 50-yard breaststroke (31.75).

Other notable swims for the Missionaries included sophomore Nora Feeney's 26th-place effort in the 50-yard breaststroke, which was tops for the Whitman women in that event. Feeney, whose strongest races are the freestyle distance events, was 42nd overall in Saturday's standings.

Elizabeth Roberson, a first-year swimmer, and sophomore Erica Sorensen also cracked the top 50 in the overall standings, finishing 48th and 49th, respectively. Roberson was 21st in the 50-yard freestyle (32.10) and 29th in the 50-yard backstroke (32.39). Sorensen's best event was the 50-yard backstroke, where she was 36th in 32.77.

Other strong swims for the Whitman women were posted by first-year competitor Ellen McCleery, who was 34th in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.66) and 40th in the 50-yard freestyle (28.08); senior captain Kristyn Vytlacil, who was 42nd in the 50-yard breaststroke (37.50) and 46th in the 50-yard freestyle (28.220; and sophomore Erin Phillips, who tied Vytlacil for 46th in the freestyle race and was 50th in the 50-yard butterfly in 31.23.

In the men's overall standings, senior captain Garth Brand finished in the 45th spot. Primarily a distance freestyler, Brand enjoyed his best finish in the 50-yard backstroke, placing 36th in 30.22.

For complete results for all Whitman swimmers, please check the links below.

Women's, men's individual scoring

Event-by-event times


Northwest Conference Relays
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Sunday, November 7

The Whitman women's team tied for fourth place while the men's squad placed fifth, just four points out of fourth place, in Sunday's Northwest Conference Relays at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

Point totals were not immediately available, but the Missionary women and their Pacific Lutheran counterparts tied for fourth. Puget Sound was first in the women's scoring, followed by Whitworth in second and Willamette in third.

On the men's side, Whitman finished just four points behind fourth-place Pacific.

Whitman's highest placing came in the women's 300-yard backstroke, where junior Kathy Bui teamed with first-year swimmers Nancy Alexander and Elizabeth Roberson to place third. Their time was 3:16.85, about three seconds behind a second-place team from Whitworth.

The Whitman men placed fourth in three of their relay events, including the 600-yard freestyle. Seniors Garth Brand and Brett Lyon teamed with sophomore Robert Street to finish in 6:06.74, about one second out of third place.

Sunday's meet also featured three mixed relay events. With Alexander and sophomore Alexis Krupp swimming for the women and senior Keith Jarrett and freshman Clint Collier going for the men, Whitman placed third in the 200-yard medley in 1:52.17.

In the mixed 200-yard freestyle, Whitman placed fifth, less than two seconds out of the third spot. Jarrett, Bui and Roberson swam the event along with senior Johnny Keyes.

The Whitman men placed fourth in both the 300-yard butterfly (Keyes, Jarrett, Collier) and 900-yard freestyle (Brand, Lyon, Street). Krupp teamed with sophomore Erin Phillips and first-year swimmer Emma Fulkerson to place fourth in the women's 300-yard butterfly.

For complete results for all Whitman swimmers, please check the link below.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Sherwood Center, Walla Walla, Wash.
Friday, November 12

Women: Whitman 117, Lewis & Clark 88
Men: Lewis & Clark 102, Whitman 80

With sophomore Nora Feeney and first-year swimmer Nancy Alexander each winning two individual events and sharing in a relay victory, the Whitman women's swim team opened its dual meet season with a 117-88 victory over Lewis & Clark Friday night in the Sherwood Center pool.

In the men's dual meet, Whitman freshman Clint Collier posted three victories as the Missionary men dropped a 102-80 decision to their Lewis & Clark counterparts.

Nora Feeney

Collier was a decisive winner in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.75) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.39). He also swam a leg on Whitman's victorious 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the evening.

"It always feels good to win the last event, even with an overall loss," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It's a matter of pride."

With only six swimmers on its roster, the Whitman men's team lacked the depth to outscore Lewis & Clark. "Put our top six swimmers against their top six and we would have beat them. But Lewis & Clark had the advantage of four additional men and could score in every event. They just had more bodies."

Whitman's lack of depth was apparent in the 400-yard medley relay. Because each swimmer can only score in a limited number of events in a dual meet, the Missionaries swam the medley relay as a non-scoring exhibition. Collier teamed with seniors Keith Jarrett and Brett Lyon and sophomore Robert Street to "win" the race in 4:14.84, a whopping 40 seconds in front of their Lewis & Clark opponents. But it was Lewis & Clark that picked up 11 points in the relay to help provide the margin of difference in the team scoring.

Other event winners for the Whitman men were Jarrett, who won the 50-yard freestyle (23.09), and senior Garth Brand, who was the top dog in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:22.57). And it was Jarrett and Brand who teamed with Collier and senior Johnny Keyes for Whitman's first-place effort in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:40.94).

Keyes added a pair of second-place swims in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. Jarrett was second in the 100-yard freestyle, as was Brand in the 200-yard backstroke. Street was the runner-up in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke.

Lyon, who missed last season while of foreign study, placed third in the 100-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.

Alexander provided Whitman's biggest splash in the women's dual, winning the 200-yard backstroke in 2:14.98. That time moves her into second place on Whitman's all-time list for that event, less than one second off the school record time Kim Adler established in 1998.

Alexander also won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.10, beating first-year teammate Emma Fulkerson by more than three seconds.

Feeney, one of Whitman's standouts a year ago in her first season, notched her victories in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:39.00), where she beat first-year Missionary Ellen McCleery by more than six seconids, and in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:41.29), where she led a 1-2-3 Whitman sweep. First-year swimmer Mara Abbott was a close second, while senior Lindsay Brady took third.

Abbott scored a win of her own in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 5:44.81, less than one second in front of a Lewis & Clark opponent.

Whitman sophomore Alexis Krupp, another swimmer who excelled in her first season last winter, won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:22.17. Krupp also teamed with Feeney, Alexander and first-year swimmer Elizabeth Roberson to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:21.77. Roberson added a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle.

Kathy Bui, a Whitman junior, was second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Other third-place efforts for the Missionary women came from senior Allison Boomer in the 200-yard butterfly, Fulkerson in the 200-yard breaststroke and Abbott in the 200-yard freestyle.

Meet results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Sherwood Center, Walla Walla, Wash.
Saturday, November 13

Women: Whitman 117, Linfield 88
Men: Linfield 137, Whitman 57

Nancy Alexander

Sparked by first-year swimmer Elizabeth Roberson, the Whitman women's swim team sped to its second dual meet victory of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, and claimed its first triumph over Linfield in at least a decade.

The Missionary women outscored visiting Linfield 118-87, the same score by which they downed Lewis & Clark Friday night in Sherwood Center. That gives the Whitman women a 2-0 start to its dual meet season, which is a first in the history of the school's swim program.

Nancy Alexander, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, also made some history Saturday, setting a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.23. That barely clips the previous record (1:03.27), set in 1988 by Jenny Russell. Alexander narrowly missed setting a new school record in the 200-yard backstroke in Friday night's dual meet.

In the men's dual meet Saturday, Whitman senior captains Garth Brand and Keith Jarrett, along with freshman Clint Collier, won individual events as the short-handed Missionaries lost 137-57.

Roberson led the Whitman women's victory with first-place efforts in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.87) and the 100-freestyle (58.87).

Junior Kathy Bui in the 50-yard freestyle (27.18) and sophomore Alexis Krupp in the 400-yard individual medley (4:55.93) also won individual events for the Missionaries. Senior captain Kristyn Vytlacil swam a lifetime best of 27.87 to place third in the 50 free, while sophomore Katherine Curles finished fourth (29.25) in that event.

"It was great to see our girls step up in the sprints," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Usually we dominate in the distance events, but today Elizabeth (Roberson) and her teammates were fantastic."

Other runner-ups for Whitman included Alexander in the 200-yard freestyle, Bui in the 100-yard backstroke, and first-year swimmers Ellen McCleery in the 100-yard freestyle and Emma Fulkerson in the 100-yard butterfly.

Alexis Krupp

Mara Abbott, also a first-year competitor, placed second in two events, the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle races, while sophomore Nora Feeney was second in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Finishing right behind Feeney in the breaststroke event were Vytlacil in third place and sophomore Erica Sorenson in fourth.

With Bui, Krupp, Roberson and McCleery each swimming a leg, the Whitman women won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.21. The Missionaries undoubtably lost points in the 200-yard medley relay when their top quartet was disqualified due to a false start.

"It was an extremely interesting meet with the women all stepping up to score," Blomme said. "I've reminded them that we can't rely just on our top swimmers to win dual meets. The women demonstrated today that they understand. My hat is off to them."

In the men's meet Saturday, Brand repeated his performance from Friday night in winning the 1000-yard freestyle, although his time was 15 seconds faster at 11:05.39. Jarrett won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.12, narrowly touching out his Linfield opponent by one-tenth of a second. And Collier swam a 1:06.63 to win the 100-yard breaststroke, with senior teammate Johnny Keyes nabbing second place.

"The talent and power of the men's team will show more significantly in an invitational setting versus a dual meet, simply because we lack of depth," Blomme said.

Jarrett added a second-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing a half-second behind his Linfield opponent.

Meet results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Sherwood Center, Walla Walla, Wash.
Saturday, November 20

Women: Whitworth 123, Whitman 76
Men: Whitworth 129, Whitman 45

The Whitman swim teams were no match for their Whitworth counterparts in a Northwest Conference dual meet Saturday afternoon in the Sherwood Center pool. Whitworth, one of the strongest swim programs in the conference, won the women's dual 123-76 and the men's match-up 129-45.

"Given the limitations we were facing, we swam well," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We went up against teams that were simply larger and stronger than we are, and we're coming off a long, hard week in the pool and in the classroom."

The Missionary women wrapped up the meet in impressive fashion, winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:47.46. The foursome of Ellen McCleery and Elizabeth Roberson, a pair of first-year swimmers, teamed with sophomore Alexis Krupp and junior Kathy Bui to edge Whitworth's top relay team by a half-second.

McCleery also led a 1-2-3 Whitman sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke, although all of Whitworth's competitors in the event swam the race as a non-counting exhibition. McCleery's winning time was 1:16.52. Two of her teammates, senior Kristyn Vytlacil and junior Ashley Apel, were second and third, respectively.

Krupp took second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:52.82) and was third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.44). Feeney was the runner-up in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:43.72), while Roberson came within two-tenths of a second of winning the 100-yard freestyle. Roberson's time was 58.28.

Bui finished third in two events, the 50-yard freestyle (27.08) and 100-yard backstroke (1:05.82).

In the men's meet, freshman Clint Collier and senior Johnny Keyes gave the Missionaries a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Collier was timed in 1:06.25, or 1.3 seconds ahead of Keyes. All Whitworth entries swam the race as a non-scoring exhibition.

Collier placed third in the 100-backstroke in 1:01.49, finishing less than four-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Whitman senior Brett Lyon took second in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:57.48), while senior Keith Jarrett was third in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.33) and 100-yard butterfly (57.41). Jarrett missed second in the butterfly event by four one-hundredths of a second.

Jarrett, Keyes, Collier and sophomore Robert Street won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.48), although Whitworth's relay squad swam the event as an exhibition.

Meet results


Northwest Invitational
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.
Friday, December 3

Sophomore Alexis Krupp and freshman Clint Collier placed second and third, respectively, in their 200-yard individual medley events to pace the Whitman swim teams in Friday night's opening session of the Northwest Invitational, which continues through Saturday at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

In the team scoring, the Whitman men were in third place with 90 points, trailing only Pacific Lutheran (109) and Linfield (164) in the eight-school field. The Missionary women were in fourth place with 93 points, one point behind third-place Lewis & Clark and three points back of Linfield. The Pacific Lutheran women were in first with 104 points.

"We had some good swims, but this is our most tired time of the season," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

Krupp was second in the women's 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.85, about two seconds behind the winner, Linfield's Alexis Knepp. Including Krupp, Whitman had four swimmers finish in the top 14. First-year swimmer Nancy Alexander was eighth in 2:23.92, followed by sophomore Erica Sorenson in 12th (2:29.31) and first-year Emma Fulkerson in 14th (2:32.93).

In the men's 200-yard individual medley, Collier posted a third-place time of 2:13.67, less than a second behind the runner-up. Collier's teammate, senior Johnny Keyes, took fourth in 2:14.09. Missionary sophomore Robert Street slipped into eighth place in 2:25.76.

The Whitman women also made a strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle. First-year competitor Mara Abbott led the way, placing third in a life-time best 5:32.92, less than six-tenths of a second out of second place. Whitman sophomore Nora Feeney was fifth in 5:37.15.

In the men's 50-yard freestyle, Whitman senior Keith Jarrett finished fifth in 23.54, exactly one second behind the event winner. In the women's 50, junior Kathy Bui was seventh in 26.73, about 1.2 seconds out of fourth place. Whitman's Elizabeth Roberson, a first-year swimmer, was 10th in 27.18.

Senior Garth Brand placed eighth in the men's 500-yard freestyle in 5:25.92. Teammate Brett Lyon, also a senior, took tenth place in 5:41.46.

Other Whitman women placing in the 500-yard freestyle included sophomore Erin Phillips and senior Lindsay Brady, each of whom broke the 6-minute barrier for the first time. Phillips was 21st in 5:56.99, while Brady was 22nd in 5:57.32. Sophomore Lisa Doane placed 30th, three spots ahead of first-year Missionary Rhea Edelman.

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, others placing for Whitman were senior Kristyn Vytlacil, 17th, 28.14; sophomore Katharine Curles, 25th, 29.27; and junior Ashley Apel, 33rd, 30.81. Apel lowered her season-best time by two seconds.


Northwest Invitational
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.
Saturday, December 4

First-year swimmer Nancy Alexander won the two backstroke events Saturday, lowering her Whitman school record in one of the races, as the Whitman women's swim team placed second in the Northwest Invitational, hosted by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

The Missionary women also got a big boost Saturday from sophomore Alexis Krupp, who won the 400-yard individual medley and placed second in the 200-yard butterfly. Mara Abbott, another first-year swimmer, won the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle.

Meanwhile, in the men's competition, four Missionaries placed third in individual events as Whitman took third in the team scoring.

"I think this is the highest we've ever finished at this event," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "This is a tough time of the year for us, and I'm pleased with how we pushed ourselves through this weekend. Our swimmers gave it everything they had left."

Pacific Lutheran took first in the women's team scoring with 373 points. Whitman was second with 340.5 points, less than eight points in front of third-place Linfield.

Linfield won the men's meet with 492 points. Pacific Lutheran was second with 405 points. The Whitman men took third with 263 points, just one point ahead of Puget Sound.

Whitman's Alexander won the women's 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.22 -- which lowered her school record by one one-hundredth of a second. She set her previous record last month in a dual meet against Whitworth.

Alexander captured the 200-yard backstroke in 2:16.91, beating her nearest competitor by almost two seconds. Her Saturday time was nearly three seconds off the 2:14.11 she posted last month, which moved her into second place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Krupp won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:57.03, more than two seconds in front of her nearest competitor. Krupp added a second-place showing in the 200-yard butterfly. Her 2:22.70 time was about one second behind the winner.

Abbott's winning time in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle was 18:46.58, nearly 36 seconds in front of the runner-up. Her time moves her into seventh-place all-time at Whitman for that event. "That was a brilliant race for Mara," Blomme said.

Abbott also swam the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday, placing fifth.

Four more members of the women's team cracked the top ten in two events each. Sophomore Nora Feeney was third in the 400-yard individual medley and seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Elizabeth Roberson placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle, Ellen McCleery was fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke and ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Emma Fulkerson finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly and 10th in the 200-yard backstroke. Roberson, McCleery and Fulkerson are all first-year swimmers.

Kathy Bui, a Whitman junior, placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Seniors Garth Brand and Keith Jarrett were among Whitman's top finishers on the men's side. Brand took third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:03.03) and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.52). Jarrett was third in the 100-yard freestyle (51.39) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (58.57).

Johnny Keyes, also a senior, swam the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:26.80, placing third. He added a 10th-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly.

Clint Collier, a Whitman freshman, placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.02. He also finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Senior Brett Lyon placed fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke.

Results


Double Dual Meet
Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, January 9

Women: Whitman 122, Occidental 83
Men: Occidental 146, Whitman 47

Women: Puget Sound 143, Whitman 60
Men: Puget Sound 141, Whitman 45

Women: Puget Sound 135, Occidental 64
Men: Occidental 107, Puget Sound 96

Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen, a pair of first-year swimmers, were the primary contributors as the Whitman women's swim team stroked to a split decision in a double dual meet Sunday at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In the team scoring, the Missionary women defeated the host school 122-83 but lost 143-60 to the University of Puget Sound, one of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals.

In the men's team scoring, Whitman lost 141-45 to Puget Sound and 146-47 to Occidental.

Alexander, who holds the Whitman record holder in the 100-yard backstroke, took first in that event Sunday with a time of 1:04.44, beating her nearest competitor by nearly one second. Alexander was 1.22 seconds off her school record time.

Pettersen, who enrolled at Whitman at the semester break, placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.29. Pettersen also swam a leg on Whitman's winning 200-yard freestyle relay team, which was clocked in 1:51.24. Others in the relay for Whitman were junior Kathy Bui and sophomores Alexis Krupp and Elizabeth Roberson.

Pettersen, along with Alexander and Roberson, teamed with first-year swimmer Ellen McCleery to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay. An accurate time was not immediately available.

Mara Abbott, another of Whitman's first-year skiers, placed third in two individual events, the 500-yard freestyle (5:46.64) and 1,000-yard freestyle (11:37.65). Abbott's time in the 1,000 freestyle moved her into ninth place all-time at Whitman in that event.

In the men's competition, senior Keith Jarrett took third in two events, the 50-yard freestyle (23.40) and 100-yard freestyle (52.78). Freshman Clint Collier was third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.57).

The Whitman swim teams are in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday for a dual meet against the California Institute of Technology.

Results


Dual Meet - California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
Tuesday, January 11

Women: Whitman 160, CalTech 56
Men: CalTech 129, Whitman 68

The Whitman women's swim team raised its dual meet record to 4-2 with a 160-56 thrashing of the California Institute of Technology Tuesday afternoon in Pasadena, Calif. Meanwhile, an out-numbered Missionary men's team lost its dual meet 129-68.

With sophomore Nora Feeney and first-year swimmer Elizabeth Roberson each winnning two individual events, the Whitman women took first in all nine individual races as well as the two relays.

The Whitman swim teams have been in southern California for nearly a week, maintaining a rigorous training schedule while also competing in three dual meets. "We had a great meet today," Missionary coach Jennifer Blomme said. "Despite the hard training and feeling very tired, we were able to push ourselves and have good races. Our overall times weren't necessarily outstanding, but given all the work we've been doing, that wasn't surprising. Once we get home and get some normal rest, the times will go back down."

Feeney scored her victories in the 500-yard freestyle (5:52.68) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.95). She also placed second to Mara Abbott, a first-year teammate, in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle. Abbott won that event in 18:58.20.

Roberson notched her wins in the 100-yard freestyle (59.51) and 200-yard freestyle (2:07.38).

Other winners for the Whitman women were junior Allison Boomer in the 50-yard freestyle (27.44) and three first-year swimmers: Emma Fulkerson in the 200-yard individual medley (2:31.43), Erin Pettersen in the 100-yard butterfly (1:08.15), and Nancy Alexander in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.97).

In the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, Alexander and Roberson teamed with senior Lindsay Brady and sophomore Alexis Krupp to post a winning time of 1:55.13. In the 200-yard medley relay, it was Alexander and Pettersen joining forces with senior Kathy Bui and first-year swimmer Ellen McCleery to win in 2:03.17.

In the men's meet, senior Keith Jarrett captured a pair of individual events, winning the 100-yard butterfly (57.59) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.29). Johnny Keyes, also a senior, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:38.58.

Freshman Clint Collier was first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.77. Sophomore Robert Street just missed a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second in 2:03.23, less than one-half second behind the winner.

Jarrett, Keyes and Collier teamed with senior Garth Brand to place a very close second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome's time was 1:37.25, just seven one-hundredths of a second behind the CalTech's winning team.

The Whitman swim teams leave southern California Thursday afternoon and will make two dual meet stops before returning to campus. The Missionaries battle Willamette at 5 p.m. Friday in Salem, Ore., and then visit Pacific Lutheran at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.

Results


Dual Meet - Willamette University
Salem, Ore.
Friday, January 14

Women: Whitman 106, Willamette 95
Men: Willamette 92, Whitman 81

With first-year swimmers Mara Abbott and Nancy Alexander each winning two individual events, the Whitman women's swim team boosted its dual meet record to 5-2 with 106-95 Northwest Conference victory at Willamette Friday evening in Salem, Ore.

And with seniors Keith Jarrett and Garth Brand also scoring two victories apiece, the Missionary men's squad nearly knocked off its Willamette counterpart, losing 92-81.

"We just completed the hardest week of training and competition we've had since I've been here, and I have to say this team did a tremendous job," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "We were very tired for tonight's meet, but we're leaving happy and confident. I think we're poised to do some great things over the final month of the season."

The Whitman teams, whose post-holiday training and competition trip included two meets in a rain-drenched California, found themselves stuck in the Portland due to an ice storm following Friday's meet in Salem. That forced the Missionaries to post a dual meet slated for Saturday morning at Pacific Luthean in Tacoma, Wash. The PLU meet was rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 28.

Abbott notched her two victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:23.29) and 500-yard freestyle (5:33.22). Abbott led a 1-2-3 Whitman sweep in the 1,000-yard event, with sophomores Nora Feeney and Erin Phillips taking second and third, respectively. Abbott's time in the longer event also moved her from 10th to ninth all-time at Whitman for that event.

Alexander won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.44, edging sophomore teammate Alexis Krupp by three one-hundredths of a second. The school record holder in 200-yard backstroke, Alexander won that event in 2:17.26, which was two-plus seconds off her record time.

Erin Pettersen, a first-year swimmer who enrolled at Whitman at the semester break, continued her impressive late start to the season, winning the 200-yard butterfly in 2:17.76. That time moves her into sixth place all-time at Whitman for that event, just 1.15 seconds out of second place on the all-time Missionary list.

Other second-place efforts posted by the Whitman women Friday came in the 200-yard freestyle (first-year swimmer Elizabeth Roberson), 100-yard freestyle (Krupp), and 200-yard breaststroke (Feeney). Feeney's time in the breaststroke was 2:35.23, which moves her from fourth to third all-time at Whitman in that event.

The Whitman women placed second in both relay events. Feeney, Roberson, Alexander and Pettersen were clocked at 4:20.03 in the 400-yard medley relay, losing to a Willamette quartet by less than two seconds.

In the men's meet, Brand held off stiff competition to win his two events. Brand won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.65, beating a Willamette opponent by less than one second. In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Brand's winning time was 11:06.72, about two seconds clear of his closest challenger. "The 200-yard backstroke in particular was neck and neck the whole way," Blomme said. "No matter how tired he was, Garth still had that competitive fire. He was able to fight for the finish and close out the race."

Jarrett showed the same competitive zeal in winning his two events, Blomme noted. Jarrett won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.35, edging his opponent by eight one-hundredths of a second, and he captured in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.63, winning by three-tenths of a second.

Whitman freshman Clint Collier was the runner-up in two events, the 200-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle. Senior Johnny Keyes in the 200-yard individual medley and sophomore Robert Street in the 200-yard butterfly also placed second for the Missionaries.

"The men's team did a great job," Blomme said. "Willamette just had a few more guys, just a little more depth."


Dual Meet - Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Wash.
Friday, January 28

Women: Whitman 106, PLU 99
Men: PLU 112, Whitman 65

First-year swimmer Erin Pettersen won two individual events and contributed to a victory in the decisive 200-yard freestyle relay to spark the Whitman women's swim team to a 106-99 dual meet victory over Pacific Lutheran Friday night in Tacoma, Wash.

The triumph vaulted the women's squad to a dual meet record of 6-2 on the season and 4-2 in the Northwest Conference. With a victory Saturday at Pacific, the women can clinch third place in the final NWC standings, the best-ever placing in the history of the women's swimming program at Whitman. The previous high-water mark came during the 1985-86 season, when the Missionary women compiled a 7-3 season record.

Meanwhile, in the men's dual meet Saturday, senior Keith Jarrett won a pair of individual events as the Missionaries dropped a 112-65 decision.

"I couldn't be more proud of our women," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "We knew it was going to be close, and that we needed to fight for every point. It came down to the last relay and we pulled it out."

Headed into that last relay race -- the 200-yard freestyle, Whitman held a slim 95-93 lead. "Whichever team won the relay was going to win the meet," Blomme said. "We were a little nervous because PLU has been traditionally strong in the sprint relays."

But the Missionary foursome of Kathy Bui, Erin Pettersen, Alexis Krupp and Elizabeth Roberson scored a solid victory, winning in 1:46.28, well ahead of PLU's second-place time of 1:47.92. Roberson, a first-year swimmer, swam the anchor leg, beating her counterpart by nearly a full second.

The Whitman women opened the meet with a clear-cut win in the 200-yard medley relay. Krupp and Bui teamed with first-year swimmers Nancy Alexander and Ellen McCleery to win in 2:04.91, more than three seconds of PLU's runner-up quartet.

Pettersen notched her two individual event victories in the 50-yard freestyle (26.99) and 100-yard butterfly (1:02.10). Her time in the butterfly moves her into fourth place all-time at Whitman for that event. She is just over one second off the school record.

Alexander in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.98), Krupp in the 400-yard individual medley (4:53.92), and first-year swimmer Mara Abbott in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:39.33) also won individual events for the Missionary women. Abbott lowered her career-best time by more than seven seconds, advancing from seventh to sixth all-time at Whitman. Alexander, who already holds the school record in the 100-yard backstroke, missed her record time by about three-quarters of a second.

"Nancy's win in the 100-yard backstroke was relatively uncontested, but the big news in that event for us was Erica Sorensen placing second," Blomme said. Sorensen, a sophomore, finished in 1:09.64, beating a PLU competitor by four one-hundredths of a second. "That was an incredible swim for Erica."

Others placing second for Whitman included Alexander in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.91), Roberson in the 100-yard freestyle (58.84) and sophomore Nora Feeney in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.55). Finishing third for the Whitman women were Abbott in the 500-yard freestyle and first-year swimmer Emma Fulkerson in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the men's meet, Whitman's Keith Jarrett won both the 50-yard freestyle (23.36) and 100-yard butterfly (56.74). "That was a really nice butterfly swim for Keith," Blomme said. Jarrett missed his career-best time in the butterfly by just over one second.

Senior Johnny Keyes added a Missionary victory in the 100-yard freestyle, winning that event in 51.79.

Senior Garth Brand and freshman Clint Collier placed second in two events each. Brand was the runner-up in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 19:02.11 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:23.04. Collier took second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:47.55) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.11).

Placing third for the Missionaries were senior Brett Lyon in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and sophomore Robert Street in the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. Keyes also was third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

"Our men also had a really great meet, given the fact that they were out-numbered two-to-one," Blomme said. "They've done a great job all season, continuing to compete hard against larger teams."

Results


Dual Meet - Pacific University
Forest Grove, Ore.
Saturday, January 29

Women: Whitman 147, Pacific 38
Men: Whitman 87, Pacific 53

Winning both ends of a dual meet for the first time this winter, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams wrapped up the regular season with victories at Pacific University Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore.

The Missionary women rolled to a 147-38 win over their short-handed Pacific counterparts, while the Whitman men were victors by an 87-53 margin.

It was a record-setting day for the women's team, which put the finishing touches on a 7-2 dual meet season -- the best such mark in the history of the women's program. The previous dual meet record came in 1985-86 season, when the Missionaries were 7-3 in dual meets.

With Saturday's victory, the Whitman women also clinched third place in the final NWC standings. The Missionaries were 5-2 in conference dual meets, beating every NWC school but perennial swimming powerhouses Puget Sound and Whitworth.

"I've love to emphasize what a great season our women's team has had," fifth-year Whitman swim coach Jennifer Blomme said. "This is an incredibly talented and passionate group of athletes."

Junior Kathy Bui and sophomore Nora led the assault against the Pacific women's team, which was down to two swimmers due to injury and illness. Feeney won the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best 2:34.57 and captured the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:01.71. Bui was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.62 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.89.

First-year swimmer Erin Pettersen won the 200-yard butterfly in a strong 2:17.93, while sophomore Alexis Krupp took top honors in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.68. Krupp also finished second to Pettersen in the butterfly event.

Sophomore Katharine Curles was the runner-up in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Nancy Alexander, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, was second in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley. Others placing second for the Whitman women were first-year competitors Mara Abbott (500-yard freestyle) and Ellen McCleery (200-yard freestyle).

The Whitmam women won both relays. McCleery and Pettersen teamed with sophomore Erica Sorenson and first-year swimmer Emma Fulkerson to take the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.94. It was Alexander, sophomores Erin Phillips and Lisa Doane and junior Allison Boomer winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.84.

The men's dual meet pitted five Whitman swimmers against four Pacific competitors. For the second time in two days, senior Keith Jarrett won two events to pace the Missionaries. Jarrett won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.03, edging freshman teammate Clint Collier by less than four-tenths of a second, and claimed the 100-yard freestyle in 51.28, beating fellow Missionary senior Garth Brand.

Brand won two events of his own, taking the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.46 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:16.89. In both races, Whitman senior Brett Lyon was the runner-up.

Lyon also picked up a victory, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:07.74. Collier added added a Whitman victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.27.

Whitman senior Johnny Keyes was second in three events -- the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke.

Next up for the Whitman swim teams are the Northwest Conference Championships, slated for Feb. 11-13 in Spokane, Wash.

Results


Northwest Conference Championships

Friday, Feb. 11 (morning preliminaries)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

Paced by seasoned veterans as well as relative youngsters, the Whitman swim teams enjoyed their share of success as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships got underway Friday morning at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.

Alexis Krupp, a Whitman sophomore, advanced to the evening finals of the 200-yard individual medley, posting the fifth fastest time in the preliminaries. Her career-best time of 2:15.74 bumps her from fourth to third on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Krupp placed sixth in the 200 IM at last year's NWC Championships.

Meanwhile, first-year swimmer Nancy Alexander swam the opening leg on the women's 400-yard medley relay, shattering her own school record for the 100-yard backstroke as the Missionary quartet clocked the morning's second best time. Alexander teamed with sophomore Nora Feeney and first-year teammates Erin Pettersen and Elizabeth Roberson to finish in 4:12.72, less than one-half second behind the pace-setting foursome from the University of Puget Sound.

Alexander's time in the opening 100-yard backstroke was 1:01.97, well below the 1:03.22 school record she set last fall. Alexander and her mates also finished less than one second off the school record for the 400-yard medley relay, which was set at last year's championships.

Roberson, Pettersen and Krupp also teamed with junior Kathy Bui to make a strong showing in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle relay, placing third in 1:46.28. The school record for that relay, which has stood since 1991, is 1:43.94.

In the men's individual event preliminaries, two Missionaries just missed advancing to the champioship finals, which are reserved for swimmers with the top six preliminary times. Garth Brand, a senior, was seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:04.52, his season-best time by about 19 seconds. Clint Collier, a freshman, was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.09, his season-best time by about six seconds. Collier's time moves him into seventh place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Both Brand and Collier swim tonight in the "B" finals of their events. Brand will be gunning to lower his career-best time of 4:59.21 in the 500-yard freestyle, which ranks him sixth all-time at Whitman.

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, Pettersen advanced to the "B" finals by placing eighth in the preliminaries in a season-best 26.29. In the men's 50 free, senior Keith Jarrett advanced with the 10th-best preliminary time -- a career-best 22.59 that moves him from seventh to fifth all-time at Whitman.

Mara Abbott, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, also advanced to the "B" finals by posting the 11th-best time in the preliminaries of the women's 500-yard freestyle. Her time was a season-best 5:30.60.

Six more Missionaries advanced in their events to the "C" finals, which is for swimmers recording the 13th through 18th best times in the preliminaries.

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, Bui and Roberson placed 13th and 14th, respectively, with times of 26.80 and 26.82. First-year swimmer Ellen McCleery also slipped into the "C" finals with a 17th-place time of 27.26.

Sophomore Robert Street finished 13th in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:21.14. Emma Fulkerson, a first-year swimmer, was 15th in the women's 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.70. Senior Brett Lyon placed 16th in the men's 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.23.

In the morning preliminaries of the men's 400-yard medley relay, the foursome of Brand, Jarrett, Collier and senior Johnny Keyes placed fifth in 3:49.06. In the men's 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Collier, Lyon, Street and Jarrett taking sixth in 1:35.93.

Five Missionary women failed to advance past the preliminaries in the 500-yard freestyle, although they swam season-best times in all cases. Sophomore Erin Phillips was 24th in a 5:55.28. Lisa Doane, another sophomore, was 29th, in 6:06.86, and first-year competitor Rhea Edelman was 30th in 6:07.97. Juniors Lila Little and Lily Sobolik, despite missing last semester's swimming competition while on foreign study, also had season-best efforts. Little was 31st in 6:10.12, while Sobolik clocked a 6:33.34 exhibition time.

Sophomore Katharine Curles and senior Kristyn Vytlacil placed 25th and 26th, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. Their times were 28.04 and 28.11.


Northwest Conference Championships

Friday, Feb. 11 (evening finals)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

With sophomore Alexis Krupp placing fifth in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley, the Whitman women's swim team was in third place as day one of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships concluded Friday night in Spokane, Wash.

The University of Puget Sound women, who have won every swimming title since they joined the NWC in 1997, was in first place with 322 points, followed by the Whitworth women in second with 267 points. Whitman is third with 139.5 points, followed Willamette with 133.5 and Linfield with 127.

In the men's team scoring, Whitworth was in first with 311 points, well ahead of Linfield and its 212 point total. The Whitman men are in fifth place with 117 points.

"We're swimming well and in good spirits," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We had some great swims today, and we're looking forward to the 100-yard stroke events on Saturday.

Krupp dropped her 200 IM time to 2:15.06 in placing fifth. That leaves her in third place all-time at Whitman for that event, little more than one second off the school record. "Alexis is knocking on the door of that record, and maybe it's something she can get next season," Blomme said.

In the men's competition, Whitman got its best showing from freshman Clint Collier, who placed eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.25, which slightly lower than his qualifying time in the morning preliminaries.

Two Missionary women finished ninth in the finals of their events. Erin Pettersen, a first-year swimmer who enrolled at Whitman at the semester break, was clocked in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.31. Mara Abbott, also a first-year competitor, posted a season-best 5:30.26 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Garth Brand, a Whitman senior, was 10th in the men's 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.87. Keith Jarrett, also a senior, placed 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.95. "Keith has been working at breaking 23 seconds for a long time," Blomme said. "Counting the preliminaries and the relays, he did it four times today."

Three Missionary women placed in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle. Kathy Bui, a junior, was 13th in 26.52, while first-year swimmer Elizabeth Roberson was 15th in 26.75. Ellen McCleery, another first-year competitor, took 18th in 27.49.

Sophomore Robert Street added a 13th-place effort in the 200-yard individual medley, recording a season-best 2:19.07. "That was Robert's best race of the season," Blomme said. "I'm so proud of him."

Senior Brett Lyon also notched a season-best time, 5:24.18, in placing 15th in the 500-yard freestyle.

Whitman placed fourth in the finals of the two women's relay races.

With first-year phenom Nancy Alexander swimming the opening leg and again lowering her school record in the 100-yard backstroke, the Missionaries posted a season-best time of 4:12.29 in the 400-yard medley relay. Alexander, who was joined in the relay by Roberson, Pettersen and sophomore Nora Feeney, dropped her backstroke record to 1:01.67. The quartet missed the Whitman school record for that relay event by less than one second.

In the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Pettersen, Roberson, Krupp and Bui notching a season-best 1:45.03.

The Whitman men finished sixth in each of its Friday relays.

Senior Johnny Keyes teamed with Brand, Jarrett and Collier to finish the 400-yard medley relay in 3:47.80, a drop of more than one second from their time in the morning preliminaries. Jarrett, Lyon, Street and Collier were timed in 1:36.15 in the 200-yard freestyle.


Northwest Conference Championships

Saturday, Feb. 12 (morning preliminaries)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

Whitman sophomores Alexis Krupp and Nora Feeney, along with first-year teammates Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen, registered strong swims in the Saturday morning preliminaries to advance to the championship finals later tonight as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships continued at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.

In the men's preliminaries, Whitman freshman Clint Collier, seniors Keith Jarrett and Johnny Keyes, and sophomore Robert Street posted Whitman's top finishes.

In the women's 400-yard individual medley, Krupp had the morning's fourth-best time, a season-best 4:48.88. She placed third in the finals at last year's championship meet, finishing in 4:45.83, which ranks her second all-time at Whitman for that event.

Feeney dropped her season-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke by more than two seconds, placing fifth in the preliminaries in 1:12.05. That time moves her from tenth to third all-time at Whitman.

Pettersen notched a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly, placing fifth in 1:01.79. She remains in fourth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

Alexander, the school record holder in the 100-yard backstroke, had Friday morning's fifth-best time at 1:01.90. That is about two-tenths of a second higher than the school record she established yesterday in swimming the opening leg of a relay event.

Feeney and another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, Ellen McCleery, just missed advancing to the championship finals in two other events. Feeney and McCleery placed seventh in the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. McCleery sliced her season-best time in the breaststroke by more than two seconds to 1:14.20, moving into ninth place all-time at Whitman. Feeney's time was a season-best 4:56.65. While missing the championships finals (top six), both Feeney and McCleery will swim tonight in the "B" finals.

Alexander and first-year teammate Elizabeth Roberson advanced to the "B" finals in the 200-yard freestyle. In the morning preliminaries, Alexander was 10th in 2:04.34 while Roberson was 12th in 2:05.66. Both times were season-best efforts.

Kathy Bui, a Whitman junior, also made the "B" finals in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking the 12th-best preliminary time at 1:05.97.

In the men's 100-yard butterfly, Jarrett just missed a career-best effort with a time of 55.69, which sends him to this evening's "B" finals in eighth place. Collier dropped his season-best time in the men's 100-yard breaststroke by nearly three seconds to 1:03.41, which also sends him to the finals in the eighth spot. Collier's time also moves him into seventh place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Keyes and Street finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the preliminaries of the men's 400-yard individual medley. Keyes slashed his season-best time by almost 12 seconds to 4:33.84, which ranks him 10th all-time at Whitman. Fighting a head cold, Street was timed in 4:54.07.

Brett Lyon, a Whitman senior, advanced to the "C" finals (13th-18th) in the men's 200-yard freestyle in a career-best 1:59.88, which placed 14th after the morning preliminaries. Lyon's season-long was to break two minutes in the event.

Four Missionary women made the "C" finals in their individual events. Sophomore Erica Sorenson advanced in two events, placing 13th in the 400-yard individual medley (5:12.92) and 17th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.29). Sorenson dropped her season-best time in the 400 IM by about 10 seconds.

Emma Fulkerson, a first-year swimmer, registered a strong morning swim in the 100-yard butterfly, advancing in the 13th spot with a season-best 1:06.51.

Junior Allison Boomer and senior Kristyn Vytlacil advanced to the "C" finals with the 18th-best morning times in their events. Boomer's time in the 400-yard individual medley was a season-best 5:26.91, while Vtylacil swam a 1:20.22 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Boomer missed advancing to the finals in the 100-yard butterfly, placing 22nd in the preliminaries in 1:13.02.

Other Missionary women not advancing were senior Lindsay Brady in the 400-yard individual medley, 19th, 5:29.55; first-year swimmer Rhea Edelman in the 100-yard breaststroke, 23rd, 1:22.76; sophomore Katharine Curles in the 100-yard backstroke, 20th, 1:09.38; and junior Lila Little in the 400-yard individual medley, 23rd, 5:51.86.

In Saturday morning's preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley relay, Bui and Feeney teamed with Alexander and Pettersen to place fourth in a season-best 1:57.48, which is about two seconds off the school record set a year ago.

In the men's 200-yard individual medley relay, Whitman was sixth in 1:45.62, also a season-best effort. Jarrett, Brand, Keyes and Collier swam the relay.


Northwest Conference Championships

Saturday, Feb. 12 (evening finals)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

With sophomore Alexis Krupp placing second in the 400-yard individual medley, the Whitman women held onto third place in the team scoring during the Saturday night finals of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships in Spokane, Wash.

With one day of competition remaining, the Whitman women are in third place with 372.5 points, just ahead of Willamette and its 356.5 total. Perennial women's champ Puget Sound leads the eight-school pack with 689 points, followed by Whitworth in second place with 569 points. The Missionary women placed fourth at last year's championships.

In the men's competition, Whitman was in sixth place with 245 points.

Krupp knocked nearly four seconds off her morning preliminary time to finish the 400 IM in 4:44.99, which ranks her second all-time at Whitman, about two seconds off a school record set in 1994. "That was an awesome race for Alexis," Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said.

Krupp placed third in the 400 IM at last year's NWC championships in 4:45.83.

Two of Whitman's first-year swimmers, Erin Pettersen and Nancy Alexander, placed fourth in the finals of their events. Pettersen, who enrolled at Whitman at the semester break, swam a season-best 1:01.44 in the 100-yard butterfly, moving into third place all-time at Whitman for that event. She missed the school record by less than four-tenths of a second. "Erin has done an incredible job, especially when you remember that she's only been with the team for about five weeks," Blomme said.

Alexander, who already holds the Whitman school record in the 100-yard backstroke, wasn't able to match her record in Saturday night's final. Her fourth-place time was 1:02.03.

Sophomore Nora Feeney placed fifth in the finals of 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.94. That was nearly one second slower than her time in the morning preliminaries, which moved her into third-place all-time at Whitman.

Freshman Clint Collier and seniors Keith Jarrett and Johnny Keyes posted the highest finishes for the Whitman men. All three placed eighth in their events in times that were life-time bests.

Jarrett notched a 55.27 in the 100-yard butterfly, moving into seventh place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Jarrett was ninth in the 100 fly at last year's championships.

Keyes jumped into 10th-place all-time at Whitman with a 4:33.78 in the 400-yard individual medley. Collier slipped into fourth-place all-time in 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.23.

Sophomore Robert Street knocked five seconds off his morning preliminary time to place 11th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:49.02. Senior Brett Lyon was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.43, his life-time best.

In the women's competition, Feeney and Alexander also placed well in two other events. Feeney was seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:53.89, while Alexander was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.33, which moves her into 10th-place all-time at Whitman.

First-year swimmer Ellen McCleery placed 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.98. Elizabeth Roberson, also a first-year competitor, was 11th in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 2:05.56.

Junior Kathy Bui finished 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.96, while first-year swimmer Emma Fulkerson dropped two more seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, placing 13th in 1:04.74.

Sophomore Erica Sorenson placed 14th in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:14.36 and 17th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.13. Senior Kristyn Vytlacil was 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.79.

The Whitman women placed fourth and sixth in their two relay events. Bui, Feeney, Alexander and Pettersen were fourth in the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best 1:56.43, about one second off the school record. Alexander and Feeney teamed with Roberson and Krupp to finish sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 8:22.66.

The Whitman men finished fifth and sixth in their relays. It was senior Garth Brand teaming with Keyes, Lyon and Street to take fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:50.85. Brand and Keyes, along with Collier and Jarrett, were sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best 1:44.45.

The championships conclude Sunday.


Northwest Conference Championships

Sunday, Feb. 13 (morning preliminaries)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

Sunday's final set of morning preliminaries summoned forth stellar performances from two of Whitman's first-year swimmers as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships hit the stretch run at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.

Nancy Alexander, who lowered her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke earlier in the meet, claimed a second Whitman record in the 200-yard backstroke, placing third in the morning preliminaries in 2:13.25. That was nearly one second lower than the record set in 1998 by Kim Adler.

Meanwhile, Erin Pettersen came within 11 one-hundredths of a second of breaking Whitman's school record in the 200-yard butterfly. Pettersen also had the third-best preliminary in her event, touching the wall at 2:15.21. That moves her from sixth to second all-time at Whitman in that event.

Alexander and Pettersen were among several Missionaries who advanced from the morning preliminaries to the Sunday evening finals.

Senior Johnny Keyes advanced to the championship finals in the men's 200-yard butterfly. His 2:11.53 time, which was the sixth-best mark in the preliminaries, moves him into 10th place all-time at Whitman.

Sophomores Nora Feeney and Alexis Krupp also advanced to the championship finals in their events.

Feeney swam a career-best 2:34.00 in the 200-yard breaststroke, moving onto the finals in fourth place. She remains in third-place all-time at Whitman.

Krupp had the morning's fifth-best time in the 200-yard butterfly. She was clocked in 2:16.29, which moves her from seventh to third place on Whitman's all-time list.

In the men's 200-yard breaststroke, Keyes led a trio of Missionaries into tonight's "B" finals. Keyes advanced in eighth place with a time of 2:20.36, while freshman Clint Collier and senior Keith Jarrett were ninth and tenth, respectively, in 2:23.82 and 2:25.16.

Senior Garth Brand and sophomore Robert Street made the "B" finals in their events. Brand was eighth in the preliminaries in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:11.48. Street had the 10th-best time (2:24.77) in the 200-yard butterfly.

Elizabeth Roberson and Ellen McCleery, two more first-year swimmers, qualified for the "B" finals by placing ninth in their events. The times were 58.07 for Roberson in the 100-yard freestyle and 2:41.81 for McCleery in the 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Kathy Bui will join Roberson in the freestyle finals, after posting the 12th-best time (58.30) in the preliminaries.

First-year Missionaries Mara Abbott and Emma Fulkerson also advanced to the "B" finals of their events, placing 11th in the preliminaries. Abbott swam a 2:21.05 in the 200-yard backstroke, moving into eighth place all-time at Whitman. Fulkerson's time in the 200-yard butterfly was 2:26.35.

Sophomore Erica Sorenson and first-year swimmer Rhea Edelman made the "C" finals in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sorenson was 13th in the morning preliminaries in 2:46.97, while Edelman was 16th in 2:53.65. Seniors Lindsay Brady and Kristyn Vytlacil missed the cut for the "C" finals, however, placing 19th and 24th, respectively, in 2:55.91 and 3:01.52.

Sophomore Erin Phillips and junior Allison Boomer made the "C" finals in the 200-yard butterfly. Phillips was 17th in the preliminaries in 2:39.83. Boomer was one spot back in 2:40.27. Sophomore Lisa Doane was 23rd in 2:52.69.

Sophomore Katharine Curles claimed the final spot in the "C" finals of the 200-yard backstroke. She was 18th in 2:28.06.

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay advanced to the finals with a fourth-place time of 3:21.88. Jarrett, Brand, Keyes and Collier swam the relay.

The women's 400-yard freestyle relay squad placed seventh in the preliminaries in 3:50.95.


Northwest Conference Championships

Sunday, Feb. 13 (evening finals)
Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

With first-year phenoms Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen shattering school records, the Whitman women's swim team capped one of its best-ever seasons by placing third as the Northwest Conference Championships concluded Sunday night in Spokane, Wash.

The Missionary women amassed 586.5 points to finish one spot higher than they did at last year's championships. In recognition of the continued resurgence in Whitman's program, fifth-year Missionary coach Jennifer Blomme was voted by her peers as NWC Women's Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season.

"Our women are so happy and delighted with the way we finished," Blomme said. "They have a real appreciation for what it means for us to take third in a conference as strong as this one. The heart and soul in this team is incredible."

During the NWC regular season, the Whitman women placed third in the final standings, winning five of seven conference dual meets and compiling a 7-2 record overall. "We already felt as if the season had been a tremendous success," Blomme said. "Placing third in the championship meet just adds the cherry on top."

Meanwhile on Sunday, with just six swimmers on its roster, the Whitman men's team finished sixth with 376 points.

"Our men's team has been small in number for a few years now, but the level of talent, strength and competitiveness on this team has been a joy to see," Blomme said. "This is an awesome group of guys."

Alexander, who lowered her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, claimed her second school record on Sunday. She broke a seven-year-old record in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke, and then further obliterated the old mark in placing second in the Sunday night finals. Her time was 2:09.88, which undercut the old record, set in 1998 by Kim Adler, by more than four seconds.

"That was a great, great swim and a big, big drop in time for Nancy," Blomme said. The only downside to Alexander's record time was that it missed the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Div. III National Championships by just nine one-hundredths of a second.

Pettersen, who enrolled at Whitman at the semester break in January, placed third in the finals of 200-yard butterfly, setting a new school record at 2:12.33. The old record, set in 2000 by Jennifer New, was 2:15.10. "Erin did an unbelievable job, dropping a lot of time," Blomme said.

A third Whitman school record nearly fell in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, where sophomore Nora Feeney placed third in 2:29.92, which was more than four seconds faster than her time in the morning preliminaries. Feeney is now second all-time at Whitman in the event, trailing only the 2:28.34 mark set by Alexis Jinbo-Doran a year ago.

"Nora has done an amazing job this season, moving away from the distance freestyle events to other stroke events," Blomme said. "It's been fun to watch the success she's had."

Two Missionary women placed fourth in the finals of their Sunday events. First-year swimmer Mara Abbott clocked an 18:23.12 in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle, moving from sixth to fourth on Whitman's all-time list in that event. Sophomore Alexis Krupp swam the 200-yard butterfly final in 2:17.34, slightly slower than the preliminary time (2:16.29) that places third all-time at Whitman.

Krupp, who placed second and fifth in two earlier events, finished the meet with 61 points, tops for the Missionary women. Feeney, who placed fifth and seventh in her two earlier events, accounted for 56 points. Alexander, who placed second, fourth and eighth, scored 55 points, while Pettersen had 53, placing third, fourth and ninth in her events.

Seniors Garth Brand and Johnny Keyes had Sunday's top performances for the Whitman men. Brand placed fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:08.87. Although Keyes couldn't match his career-best 2:11.53 time from the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly, he placed sixth in the finals in 2:14.24.

"It was great to see Garth and Johnny finish their Whitman careers with such great swims," Blomme said. "By the evening finals, Johnny was worn out, but he had an incredible swim in the preliminaries of his butterfly event."

In the men's 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Clint Collier knocked nearly four seconds off his morning time, placing eighth in the evening finals in a season-best 2:20.29. That moves him into seventh all-time at Whitman. Trailing Collier Sunday night were Keyes, who was ninth in the finals in 2:22.52, and senior Keith Jarrett, who was 10th in 2:24.12.

In addition to his showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Brand placed 11th in the finals of the 200-yard backstroke, posting a time of 2:15.47. Senior Brett Lyon also swam the mile freestyle, placing ninth in 18:58.51, a career-best time for him. Sophomore Robert Street, who had the 10th-best in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly, was disqualified in the finals.

Keyes scored a total of 43 points in his three individual events to finish as the top scorer for Missionary men. Brand was right behind with 40 points. Collier, who placed eighth in all three of his events, had 39 points, while Jarrett scored 34 points.

First-year swimmer Ellen McCleery placed seventh in Sunday's finals of 200-yard breaststroke. Her time was 2:37.62, which moves her into eighth place all-time at Whitman, was more than four seconds faster than her morning time. "That was an absolutely gorgeous swim for Ellen," Blomme said.

Elizabeth Roberson, another first-year swimmer, and Kathy Bui, a junior, placed ninth and 11th, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Their season-best times were 56.98 and 57.69.

Emma Fulkerson, also a first-year competitor, was 11th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:27.58. Junior Allison Boomer and sophomore Erin Phillips swam in the same event, placing 17th and 18th, respectively, in 2:38.25 and 2:45.31.

After swimming the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, Abbott came back to place 12th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:27.20. Sophomore Katharine Curles finished 17th in the same event, clocking a 2:26.87.

"Katharine has had something of a swimming epiphany over the last month," Blomme said. "She's made some real breakthroughs. I couldn't be more pleased and proud of her."

In 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Erica Sorenson finished 13th and first-year swimmer Rhea Edelman was 16th. Their season-best times were 2:46.19 and 2:52.24.

"Erica is another swimmer who has made some major breakthroughs in recent weeks," Blomme said.

Senior Lindsay Brady placed 16th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:19.81. Three of her teammates filled the next three spots: Phillips, 17th, 20:24.65; sophomore Lisa Doane, 18th, 20:33.10; and junior Lila Little, 19th, 20:43.18.

The Whitman quartet of Roberson, Pettersen, Bui and Krupp placed seventh in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:51.25. In the same relay event for the men, the Missionary foursome of Collier, Brand, Keyes and Jarrett placed sixth in 3:21.76.

Puget Sound captured the women's team title with a whopping 1,041 points. Whitworth was second with 803 points. Teams trailing third-place Whitman were Willamette 505.5, Pacific Lutheran 430, Linfield 429, Lewis & Clark 248 and Pacific 208.

Whitworth grabbed the men's title with 1,013 points. Linfield was second with 756 points and Puget Sound third with 634. Other point totals were Willamette 486, Whitman 376, Lewis & Clark 241 and Pacific 232.

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