Whitman College Swimming

2005-06 Season Highlights


Northwest Conference Relay Invitational

Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.
Friday, November 4

Junior Alexis Krupp, sophomore Erin Pettersen and first-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick placed second in the women's 300-yard butterfly relay to give the Whitman swim teams their top performance Friday evening in the annual season-opening Northwest Conference Relay Invitational at Whitworth College in Spokane. Krupp, Pettersen and Fitzpatrick were timed in 3:11.44, finishing about five seconds behind the winning team from Whitworth.

Sophomore Ellen McCleery, despite missing a week of training due to illness, teamed with senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran and junior Erica Sorensen to place third in the 300-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 3:48.32.

In the men's competition Friday, Whitman swimmers finished third in two relays events and placed fourth in one.

Freshmen Noel Sollom-Brotherton, Chance Gray and Ysbrand Nusse took third for the Missionaries in 300-yard backstroke with a time of 3:00.43. Gray and Sollom-Brotheron also joined forces with sophomore Clint Collier to take third in the 300-yard breaststroke in 3:26.49.

Whitman just missed a third-place showing in the men's 300-yard butterfly. Collier and two more freshmen, Max Hennings and Justin Hampton, finished fourth in 3:03.67, just four-tenths of a second out of third place.

"Overall, in terms of the big picture, our times were great," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "For our first meet of the season, I couldn't be happier. We made signficant improvements in our times compared to this same meet a year ago. We had good races by several of the first-year swimmers."

In the team scoring, the Missionary women placed fourth among seven schools with 34 points. The Whitman men tallied 22 points to take fifth.

The meet featured a total of 15 relay events, including three "mixed" races in which schools entered two men and two women. Whitman teams placed fifth in two of the mixed relays and suffered a disqualification in the third one.

In the combined team scoring, which included points from all 15 relays, Whitman finished sixth with 64 points, just six points behind fifth-place Pacific Lutheran. Whitworth was first in the men's scoring, second on the women's side, and first in the combined scoring. Puget Sound took first in the women's scoring and was second overall.

"What I told our team today is that the most important aspect of this meet is the opportunity to compete," Blomme said. "We've been in the water, training, since mid-September, so it's good to get the chance to race and compete. We did a good job competing tonight."

NWC swim teams stay in Spokane Saturday to compete in the Sprint Pentathon, which gives individual swimmers the chance to earn points in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in each of the strokes -- freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

NWC Relay Invitational results


Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon

Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.
Saturday, November 5

The Whitman men's and women's swim teams placed eight swimmers in the top 30 at Saturday's Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. Swimmers were ranked on their combined times in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in each of the four strokes -- freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

"We had a lot of good swims from a lot of the swimmers," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Most of our swimmers were swimming very tied. We've really increased our workload the past few weeks with two-a-day workouts and weight lifting. Our goal this weekend was to just compete, and while we did that, our times were pretty darn good as well."

Krupp, a junior captain, was a model of consistency for Whitman, placing 12th in the 100-yard individual medley (IM) and no lower than 27th in her other four races. She ranked 16th overall among 115 competitors in the women's field. Krupp placed 17th overall at last year's meet.

First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick was another consistent force for the Missionaries, placing 10th in the 50-yard butterfly and finishing 19th overall in the final rankings. Fitzpatrick was 23rd in the IM, backstroke and breaststroke events, and 24th in the freestyle.

Ysbrand Nusse, one of five freshmen on the Missionary men's roster, placed 19th overall in a field of 65 competitors. He was 1th in the freestyle and 13th in the IM.

Sophomore Clint Collier was next in line for the Whitman men, placing 21st overall. Collier posted a strong effort in the breaststroke, taking seventh in 30.10 seconds, one second out of fourth and just two seconds behind the winner. Collier was 30th in the final rankings at last year's sprint pentathlon.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton also had a good day for Whitman, placing 23th in Saturday's final rankings. His best performance came in the backstroke, where he was 10th.

A third Whitman freshman, Justin Hampton, swam in four of the five events, posting a 17th-place time in the butterfly.

The Missionary men's roster includes just one sophomore and five freshman. Junior captain Robert Street is on foreign study this fall and won't be back with the team until December. "We still have some definite strength in the men's team," Blomme said. "They've got huge hearts and great talent. It's going to be fun building a stronger men's program around this group."

Sophomore Nancy Alexander registered Whitman's single best individual performance of the day, finishing in a fourth-place tie in the backstroke in 29.70, just sixth-tenths of a second out of first. Alexander was 22nd in the overall rankings, one spot better than a year ago at the same meet.

Sophomore Erin Pettersen finished in the 24th spot in the final rankings. She was seventh in the butterfly, finishing less than one second out of second place.

Alexis Jinbo-Doran, back for her senior season after a one-year layoff, finished 27th in the overall rankings. She took fifth in the breaststroke, missing the top spot in that event by little more than one second. "Alexis was looking like her old self," Blomme said. "She still has some work to do, but it was fun to watch her race again. You could tell she was having a good time."

Blomme also applauded the efforts of junior Erin Phillips, who showed a good deal of competitiveness while placing 63rd overall. "Erin really got up for this meet and had some unbelievable races," she said. "She was neck-and-neck with competitors in her races and pulled it out every single time."

Whitman starts its dual meet season next weekend, competing Friday at Lewis & Clark and Saturday at Linfield.

NWC Pentathlon results

NWC Relay Invitational results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Portland, Ore.; Friday, Nov. 11

Women: Lewis & Clark 106, Whitman 99
Men: Lewis & Clark 96, Whitman 78

The Whitman swim teams made their dual meet season debuts Friday night in Portland, Ore., dropping a pair of close decisions to Lewis & Clark. By winning the final relay, the host Pioneers posted a 106-99 triumph in the women's team scoring. Lewis & Clark won the men's meet 96-78.

With the women's dual hanging in the balance, Whitman's Alexis Krupp, Erin Pettersen, Courtney Fitzpatrick and Chelsea Durfey staged a valiant effort in the concluding relay, the 200-yard freestyle. Despite breaking a 14-year-old school record with a time of 1:43.69, the Missionary quartet finished second, six-tenths of a second behind their Lewis & Clark counterparts. That was just enough to give the Pioneer women a victory in the final team scoring.

"It came down to the last relay, and it was within a touch either way," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We felt our team touched out the other team, and they felt their team touched us out. To make matters worse, they had problems with their scoreboard. We had to wait around 10 minutes for a decision."

Despite the contested ending, it was "still an amazing relay for us," Blomme said. "I'm really proud of the way our teams swam today. We had some unbelievable swims."

In the men's dual, Whitman won one of two relays and got individual event victories from sophomore Clint Collier and freshmen Noel Sollom-Brotherton, Ysbrand Nusse and Justin Hampton. But with a roster of just one sophomore and five freshmen, the Missionaries were no match for Lewis & Clark in the overall team scoring.

Sollom-Brotherton easily won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.04, which moves him into ninth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Hampton captured the 100-yard butterfly in 57.48, while Nusse was a decisive winner in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:40.42. Nusse and Hampton also finished second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle.

Collier registered his win in 200-yard individual (IM) medley, clocking a time of 2:05.09. He added a second-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:04.70. "That's a really great time for Clint in the breaststroke for this time of year," Blomme said.

Max Hennings, another of Whitman's freshmen, was the runner-up in two-events, the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyles. "That was the first-ever race in the 1,650, and he did a great job," Blomme said. Chance Gray, also a freshman, battled through a week-long illness to take second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM.

Collier, Sollom-Brotherton, Hampton and Nusse won the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.53. The same four swimmers also had the 'winning' time (1:36.71) in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but they swam that event as an exhibition due to restrictions on the number of events each swimmer can enter.

In the women's meet, Nancy Alexander gave Whitman victories in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.98) and 200-yard freestyle relay (2:03.42). The sophomore's time in the backstroke was just three-tenths of a second off the school record she set a year ago. "Those are great early season times for Nancy," Blomme said. "She's already close to her peak times from the end of last season."

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, back in the water after taking last season off, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.71 and placed third in the 200-yard IM. She holds school records in both events. "That is a tremendous time for Alexis in the breaststroke," Blomme said. "For her to be out of the water for a year and make that time in her first race is amazing."

Sophomore Mara Abbott won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a strong early-season time of 18:32.61. She added a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Nancy Alexander

Junior Alexis Krupp placed second in two events, the 500-yard freestyle (5:30.90) and 200-yard IM (2:18.69). Sophomore Erin Pettersen was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.53, finishing less than two-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Sophomore Ellen McCleery teamed with Alexander, Jinbo-Doran and Pettersen to win the opening 200-yard medley in 1:57.41. McCleery also had a third-place effort in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Chelsea Durfey, a first-year swimmer, placed third in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. Courtney Fitzpatrick, also a first-year swimmer, was third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in 50-yard freestyle. Fitzpatrick's time in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.23) moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

The women's squad swam without one of its team captains, junior Nora Feeney, who is on foreign study this spring, and sophomore Elizabeth Roberson, who suffered an ankle injury late in the week.

"What I saw today is a capability in our team to swim above and beyond their physical abilities when faced with a tough opponent," Blomme said. "I couldn't be more pleased with the way we competed, especially in light of the fact that several of our swimmers were under a lot of academic pressure this past week. With the Thanksgiving break getting close, the workload from the classroom gets very heavy."

Next up for Whitman are dual meets at 1 p.m. Saturday at Linfield in McMinnville, Ore.

Meet results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
McMinnville, Ore.; Saturday, Nov. 12

Women: Whitman 132, Linfield 73
Men: Linfield 127, Whitman 60

Swimming their second dual meet in less than 24 hours, the Whitman swim teams posted a Northwest Conference split decision at Linfield Saturday afternoon in McMinnvile, Ore. The Missionary women won eight of nine individual events and both relays en route to a convincing 132-73 win. The Whitman men, with just six swimmers on the roster, fell to the Wildcats 127-60.

Whitman opened the meet by sweeping the 400-yard medley relays. The women's team of Nancy Alexander, Alexis Jinbo-Doran, Erin Pettersen, and Chelsea Durfey took the opening relay with a time of 4:17.33. The men's quartet of Noel Sollom- Brotherton, Clint Collier, Justin Hampton, and Ysbrand Nusse won their relay in 3:53.80.

"We got off to a quick start," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "I was really happy to see the men coming in first in that initial relay. It was a great swim."

The men's team enjoyed individual event victories from sophomore Clint Collier and freshman Ysbrand Nusse.

Nusse easily won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:10.60, nearly seven seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer. His winning time moves him into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event. Nusse also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing just two-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Collier won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:26.40 and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) in 2:12.82.

Another of Whitman's freshmen, Noel Sollom-Brotherton, placed second in two events, clocking a strong 17:53.36 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and going 5:12.65 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Max Hennings, also a freshman, took second in the 200-yard butterfly with atime of 2:34.20.

"Linfield has a really strong men's swim program, and I was glad to see us competing with them," Blomme said. "We are undermanned which obviously makes it difficult to compete for team wins, but we created competition within individual events. I was happy with our young team."

In the women's meet, Whitman got individual victories from Mara Abbott, Alexis Krupp, Chelsea Durfey, Alexis Jinbo-Duran, Erin Petterson, and Nancy Alexander.

Abbott and Jinbo-Duran took home two individual victories each. Abbott was a winner in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:45.14) and 500-yard freestyle (5:37.73), while Jinbo-Duran was triumphant in the 200-yard IM (2:21.39) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.16).

Whitman swimmers won both two freestyle events. Krupp was first in the 200-yard free style in 2:03.29, which moves her into 10th place all-time at Whitman. First-year swimmer Durfey won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.70.

Pettersen out-swam the competition in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.60, and Alexander did likewise in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.06.

Courtney Fitzpatrick, a first-year swimmer, finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and added a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley.

The women capped off their first dual meet victory of the season in high fashion by taking the 400-yard freestyle. First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick joined Pettersen, Durfey and Krupp to win in 3:54.40.

"The women had a really successful day," Blomme said. "We were close to end-of- season times today, which is great for this early in the season. It's always nice when you're able to win both relays."

Both Whitman teams now take a little break before swimming in the Northwest Invitational in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 2.

"Our next meet will be another big test for us," Blomme said. "We'll take Thanksgiving off and then get back into the pool and work on getting our times even faster."

Meet results


Northwest Invitational

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Friday, Dec. 2

Thanks to an impressive display of depth, the Whitman women’s team was in second place after Friday night’s opening session of the Northwest Invitational at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. The Missionary women racked up 165 points through the first 10 events, trailing first-place Lewis & Clark by just 19 points. Meanwhile, the Missionary men’s squad amassed 81 points, despite having just six swimmers, and was in seventh place in a nine-schoo field.

The invitational concludes Saturday with two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Freshman Nusse Ysbrand had the best showing for the Whitman men Friday night, placing sixth among 23 competitors in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:12.73. Sophomore Clint Collier was eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) in 2:15.03.

Freshmen Justin Hampton and Chance Gray also scored individually for Whitman, placing 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. Hampton swam a 24.42, just a hair ahead of Gray's 24.47 clocking.

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran was the top women's top performer for Whitman in the opening session. She finished third in the 200-yard IM in 2:20.14. Sophomore Nancy Alexander was right behind in fourth place, clocking a 2:23.42. With first-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick placing seventh and junior Erica Sorensen taking eighth, Whitman scored a total of 48 points in the event.

Junior Alexis Krupp gave Whitman a fourth-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle with a time off 5:32.96. Sophomores Mara Abbott and Elizabeth Roberson were ninth and 11th, respectively, to give the Missionaries 30 points in the event.

First-year competitor Chelsea Durfey was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.33. Her time was just .47 seconds out of second place, and she missed breaking into Whitman’s all-time top-10 list for the event by an even slimmer eight one-hundredths of a second. Others scoring for Whitman in the event were sophomore Erin Pettersen, who was 13th, and first-year swimmer Morgan Bach, who was 15th.

The Missionary women also flexed some muscle in Friday’s two relays, placing second in both events. Krupp, Fitzpatrick, Durfey and Pettersen placed second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.19. And it was Pettersen joining with Jinbo-Doran, Alexander and Krupp to take runner-up honors in the 400-yard medley with a time of 4:13.09.

Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme was pleased with the performances of both of her teams. "The times may look a little bit off, but we choose to train through this time of the year so we can swim faster at the end of the year in our championship meets."


Northwest Invitational

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Saturday, Dec. 3

Saturday’s second day of competition at the Northwest Invitational was a good one for the Whitman swim teams. The women’s squad did well enough in Saturday’s two sessions to hold onto second place in the final team standings. And the men’s team improved its standing from Friday, advancing from seventh to fourth in the final team scoring.

On a day peppered with victories and all-time top-ten performances, senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran provided two of Whitman’s Saturday highlights. Back in the water this winter after a one-year layoff, Jinbo-Doran won both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events in 1:10.97 and 2:33.52, respectively. Both times would place Jinbo-Doran high on Whitman's all-time top-ten lists -- if she wasn't already the school record holder in the events.

"They were some great times for her and some really fun wins as she gets back into the sport," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

The other winner on the women's side was sophomore Nancy Alexander, who swam away from the field in the 200-yard backstroke, winning by over six seconds with a 2:11.78 showing. Her time, faster than any other swimmer in Whitman history in the event, came within two seconds of her own school record.

Freshman Ysbrand Nusse and sophomore Clint Collier notched victories for the men's team.

Nusse claimed a narrow win in the 400-yard individual medley, and his 4:29.36 clocking moved him into fifth place on the Whitman all-time top-ten list. "It was a lifetime best," Blomme said. "It was very exciting."

Collier, already fifth on Whitman’s all-time list in the 100-yard breaststroke, won that event Saturday in 1:04.68, over two seconds in front of the second-place swimmer.

In addition to their victories, Collier and Nusse finished high in two other events. Collier was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.17, less than one second out of the top spot. Nusse took third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.84, a time that moves him from ninth to fifth on the all-time Whitman list.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton had a busy and successful day for the Missionary men. He was the runner-up in both the 100-yard backstroke (57.21) and 100-yard freestyle (50.30), and he added a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.01). His time in the backstroke event moves him from ninth to eighth place on Whitman’s top-10 list. "He probably was our standout in terms of good times this weekend," Blomme said.

In addition to her victory in the 200-yard backstroke, Alexander took second in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished in 1:01.77, just three-tenths of a second behind the winner and a mere tenth of a second off her school record.

Sophomore Erin Pettersen placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.67, just three-tenths of a second behind the winner, and was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.27. Pettersen holds the school record in the 200 and ranks third all-time in the 100.

Junior Alexis Krupp came close to victory in the 400-yard individual medley, placing third in 4:59.08. She added a sixth-place effort in the 200-yard butterfly.

Sophomore Mara Abbott gave the Whitman women a fourth-place showing in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 18:51.50. First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick was sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.45 and 11th in the 200-yard butterfly.

Scoring for the Missionary women ran deep in several events:

* 100/200-yard breaststrokes – Sophomore Ellen McCleery was sixth at the 100-yard distance, followed by first-year swimmers Chelsea Durfey in eighth and Tally Teal in 15th. McCleery and Teal bounced back to place seventh and 13th, respectively, in the 200.

* 100/200-yard backstrokes – Juniors Erica Sorensen and Katherine Curles finished 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 200. Sorensen added a ninth-place effort in the 100.

* 100/200-yard freestyles – Sophomores Elizabeth Roberson, McCleery and Abbott placed seventh through ninth in the 200, all finishing within 1.01 seconds of each other. Durfey placed seventh in the 100 in 58.63, while Roberson was 15th.

* 1,650-yard freestyle – Juniors Erin Phillips and Lisa Doane placed 13th and 16th, respectively.

In one of Saturday’s relays, the 200-yard medley, the quartet of Jinbo-Doran, Alexander, Fitzpatrick and Durfey placed second in 1:56.39.

The Whitman men took second and third in their Saturday relays. Freshman Justin Hampton teamed with Sollom-Brotherton, Collier and Nusse for a second-place time of 1:44.30 in the 200-yard medley. In the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Sollom-Brotherton, Collier, Nusse were joined by freshman Chance Gray to take third in 3:27.60, which Blomme called a "remarkable time." They missed second place by eight one-hundredths of a second.

Hampton also scored well in two individual events on Saturday, placing fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.70 and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.45. Gray scored points in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing 13th.

Max Hennings, also a freshman, added points in the 200-yard butterfly, where he placed ninth, and in the 1,650-yard freestyle, where he finished 11th.

In the women's team scoring, Whitman and Lewis & Clark had separated themselves from the rest of the field by the end of the morning session. Following Jinbo-Doran's morning victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, the Missionaries trailed Lewis & Clark by just four points. By the end of the morning session, the Pioneer women had extended their lead to 415-382.

Lewis & Clark, which completed a five-for-five clean-sweep of the women’s relays with a victory in the evening session’s 400-yard freestyle, finished the two-day invitational with a total of 589 points. The Whitman women were second with 545 points. California’s Occidental College was third with 442 points. Linfield (407) and Pacific Lutheran (370) rounded out the top five in a field of 10 teams.

Blomme was thrilled with her men’s squad and its fourth-place finish in the final team scoring. With 345 points, the Missionaries finished just ahead of Pacific Lutheran and its 337-point total. "To finish fourth with the smallest team out of nine teams is really phenomenal,” Blomme said. Occidental won the men's meet with 669 points. Linfield was a distant second with 430 points.

In the women’s individual scoring, Jinbo-Doran placed third overall with 56 points. She finished just one point out of second place and four points behind the winner.

Complete meet results


Whitman / Caltech Dual Meet
Pasadena, Calif.; Tuesday, Jan. 10

Women: Whitman 143, Caltech 43
Men: Caltech 108, Whitman 72

The Whitman swim teams wrapped up a week's training in southern California on Tuesday afternoon by splitting a dual meet at Caltech in Pasadena. The Missionaries dominated the women's dual, winning all 11 events en route to a 143-43 victory. With just six swimmers available, the Whitman men's squad dropped a 108-72 decision.

Whitman returns to campus to host a pair of Northwest Conference dual meets this weekend. The Missionaries host Willamette at 6 p.m. Friday and Pacific Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Eight swimmers won individual events for the Whitman women. Chelsea Durfey led the way, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 26:16 and 100-yard freestyle in 59:03. Her time in the 50-yard freestyle moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Freshman Ysbrand Nusse notched a pair of victories for the men's team. He captured the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.52 and took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.90.

Sophomore Nancy Alexander, an easy winner in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.05), was the runner-up by less than a tenth of a second to Durfey in the 100-yard freestyle.

Junior Erica Sorensen scored a victory in the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.21) and added a second-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.76). One of her teammates, sophomore Erin Pettersen, won the medley event in 2:28.72.

First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick also registered first- and second-place efforts in her two individual events. She won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.62 and was second in the 50-yard freestyle (behind Durfey) with a time of 28.05.

Other individual event winners for the Whitman women were junior Alexis Krupp in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.97), junior Nora Feeney in the 500-yard freestyle (6:00.20) and sophomore Mara Abbott in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:01.66).

Sophomore Elizabeth Roberson finished second to Whitman teammates in the two events, the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

In the men's dual, Sophomore Clint Collier won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.49 and just missed a second victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. His runner-up time in the latter event was 1:06.99, about a half second behind the winner.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton was a big winner in the 100-yard backstroke. His time of 58.67 was nearly 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Sollom-Brotherton added a second-place swim in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking a 23.36.

Freshman Justin Hampton picked up a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.93. Max Hennings, also a freshman, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:21.95.

Sollom-Brotherton, Collier, Hampton and Nusse joined forces to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:48.39. Hennings, Hampton, Collier and Robert Street took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.15.

The Whitman women had teams finished first and second in both relays.

In the 200-yard medley relay, it was Alexander, Feeney, Pettersen and first-year swimmer Morgan Bach taking first in 2:02.26. Placing second in 2:08.84 were Sorensen, Krupp, sophomore Ellen McCleery and junior Katharine Curles.

Fitzpatrick, Bach, Durfey and first-year swimmer Tally Teal were winners in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:53.16. Finishing a close second in 1:55.96 were Roberson, Curles, Krupp and sophomore Rhea Edelman.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Friday, Jan. 13

Women: Whitman 150, Willamette 52
Men: Willamette 83, Whitman 80

The Whitman women's swim team notched a lopsided 150-52 Northwest Conference dual meet victory over Willamette Friday night in the Sherwood Center pool. Meanwhile, a short-handed Missionary men's team lost an 83-80 squeaker to the visiting Bearcats.

"I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Our team is coming off its hardest training of the season and we were incredibly tired. We still had some really great swims." Whitman returned home a few days ago after splitting dual meet decisions at Caltech on Tuesday. That meet capped a long week of training in southern California.

Friday night, the Whitman women took first in each of the nine invidual events while also winning one of the two relays. The men's squad won five of nine individual events, but Willamette pulled out the narrow victory with superior depth. "We ran into the same old problem as before -- just not enough guys to score points," Blomme said.

The men's team has just seven swimmers on the roster, and two of those were missing Friday night. Freshman Chance Gray is out with a back injury, and freshman Justin Hampton swam in just one event Friday before surrendering to his struggle with the flu.

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, fresh off her senior exams, won two individual events for the Missionaries, as did sophomore Elizabeth Roberson and first-year swimmer Chelsea Durfey.

Jinbo-Doran won the 100-breaststroke in 1:11.33 and the 200-yard individual medley (IM) in 2:20.14. She holds the Whitman school records in both events.

Roberson was victorious in two freestyle races, winning at 200 yards in 2:06.65 and at 500 yards in 5:34.16. Roberson and Jinbo-Doran also teamed with sophomores Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58:05.

Alexander and Pettersen both added individual event victories. Pettersen won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.32, while swam a 1:01.80, just missing her school record time for that event.

Durfey won the two freestyle sprints, taking the 50 in a fast 25.87 and claiming the 100 in 57.72. Durfey's time in the 50 moves her from ninth to fifth all-time at Whitman for that event. Courtney Fitzpatrick, another of Whitman's first-year women, placed second in the 50 in 26:16, which moves her into 10th place all-time.

Sophomore Mara Abbott won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:55.83, and she placed second to Roberson in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:38.36.

In the men's dual, Whitman freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton was a winner in three freestyle events. He won the 100 in 51.91, the 200 in 1:55.11, and the 500 in 5:21.52.

Ysbrand Nusse, also a freshman, added two victories and a second-place showing. He captured the 100-yard backstroke in 59.91 and was first in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:02.55. He was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.96.

Sophomore Clint Collier placed second in two events. His times were 2:10.26 in the 200-yard IM and 1:04.05 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Max Hennings placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.46.

Collier and Hennings teamed with junior Robert Street and freshman Justin Hampton to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:54.50.

The Missionaries return to the Sherwood pool at 11 a.m. Saturday to host Pacific Lutheran.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Saturday, Jan. 14

Women: Whitman 128, Pacific Lutheran 77
Men: Pacific Lutheran 108, Whitman 65

For the second time in as many days, a Whitman freshman won three individual events and the Whitman women's team rolled to a decisive victory as the Missionaries split a dual meet with Pacific Lutheran Saturday in the Sherwood Center pool.

The Missionary women, winning six of nine individual events, scored a 128-77 triumph in their dual meet. And less than 24 hours after teammate Noel Sollom-Brotherton won three events against the Willamette men, Whitman freshman Ysbrand Nusse stroked to a trio of victories as the Missionaries fell 108-65 to Pacific Lutheran in the men's dual.

Nusse, who had two wins Friday night against Willamette, picked up one of his victories against Pacific Lutheran in the 1,000-yard freestyle. His time was 10:49.45, which moves him into 10th place all-time at Whitman for that event. He also won the 400-yard individual medley (IM) in 4:40.16 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.70.

Sollom-Brotherton, after his three wins Friday night, added a pair of second-place showings on Saturday. Junior Robert Street, sophomore Clint Collier and freshmen Max Hennings and Justin Hampton also placed second in individual events against Pacific Lutheran.

In the women's dual, sophomore Mara Abbott finished first, second and third in her three events. She won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:21.94, moving from ninth to eighth all-time at Whitman in that event. Abbott was second in the 500-yard freestyle, losing by little more than one second with a time of 5:36.94. She placed third in the 400-yard IM in 5:12.40.

Junior Alexis Krupp and sophomore Nancy Alexander both placed first and second in two events. Krupp, who is second all-time in the 400 IM, won that event in 5:03.28, and she finished second to Alexander in the 200-yard backstroke. Alexander, the school record holder in the backstroke, won the race in 2:13.35, while Krupp's time was 2:25.43. Alexander added a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.83.

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, sophomore Erin Pettersen and first-year competitor Chelsea Durfey also won events on Saturday. Jinbo-Doran, the Whitman record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, won that event in 2:34.62. Pettersen, who holds the school record in the 100-yard butterfly, took first in that race in 2:20.52. Durfey picked up her win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.76.

Jinbo-Doran, Alexander, Pettersen and Durfey opened the Saturday meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay.

The Whitman swim teams travel to Whitworth on Wednesday night for another NWC dual meet. The Missionaries then close out the NWC regular season with home meets Jan. 27-28 against Puget Sound and Pacific.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Spokane, Wash.; Wednesday, Jan. 18

Women: Whitman 106, Whitworth 99
Men: Whitworth 119, Whitman 43

Nancy Alexander lowered her school record in winning the 100-yard backstroke and Erin Pettersen had a hand in three victories as the Whitman women's swim team posted a 106-99 triumph at Whitworth Wednesday night in Spokane.

The Missionary women pulled out the triumph by winning the meet's final relay. "It doesn't get any more exciting than that -- to go to the final event with the meet hanging in the balance," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

"It was probably the most exciting meet we've had in my time at Whitman," Blomme added. "Absolutely everyone stepped up and did what was necessary for us to win."

With the victory, the Whitman women's team raised its dual meet record to 5-1, which includes a 4-1 mark against Northwest Conference opponents. Whitman's only loss, a 106-99 decision at Lewis & Clark, came in November when the Missionaries were touched out in the meet's final relay.

In the men's dual meet Wednesday, Whitworth ran its NWC record to 5-0 with a 119-43 victory over Whitman, which had just five of its seven swimmers on hand.

Alexander, a Missionary sophomore, won the 100-yard backstroke in a school-record time of 1:01.58. Her previous mark was 1:01.67.

Alexander just missed a second victory in the 200-yard freestyle. She was the runner-up in 2:01.87, finishing a quarter of a second behind Whitworth's Katelyn Erickson. Alexander's time moves her into fifth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Pettersen, who contributed to two Whitman relay victories, also notched a win in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.66, just missing her career-best time. One of her teammates, first-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick, was second in 1:02.30, which moves her from ninth to sixth all-time at Whitman for that event.

"Erin and Courtney were in second and third place for part of that race," Blomme said. "Both finished strong to take first and second."

Pettersen teamed with Alexander, senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran and junior Alexis Krupp to open the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The winning time was 1:56.22, which was Whitman's best mark of the season for that relay.

With Whitworth leading 95-93 in the women's team scoring, Whitman scored a decisive victory in the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, to pull out its team victory. Pettersen and Fitzpatrick joined with sophomore Elizabeth Roberson and first-year swimmer Chelsea Durfey to win the concluding relay in 1:44.21.

The 400-yard individual medley was another key to victory for the Whitman women. Krupp led a sweep of the top three places, winning in 4:55.66. Jinbo-Doran was second in 5:04.46, while junior Nora Feeney took third in 5:06.41. "That was a great effort by all three of our women," Blomme said. "That was a season-best time for Alexis Krupp, and it was the first time Alexis Jinbo-Doran had swam the event this season. Nora just returned to the team this month after studying abroad last semester."

Jinbo-Doran also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke. She was clocked in 1:11.78, finishing just 16 one-hundredths of a second behind Whitworth's Erickson.

Krupp added a second-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:32.88. Abbott swam a career-best 11:16.65 to place second in the 1,000-yard freestyle, moving from eighth to seven all-time at Whitman for that distance. Roberson finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.91.

The Whitman men were no match for their Whitworth counterparts. Missionary freshman Max Hennings was the only competitor in winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:02.97, and sophomore Clint Collier got the win in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.64) after two Whitworth swimmers were listed as exhibition swimmers.

Whitman freshman Ysbrand Nusse, in third place for much of his 500-yard freestyle race, finished with a flurry to take second in 5:14.10. Junior Robert Street, who also returned recently from a study-abroad semester, was the runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:15.84.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Friday, Jan. 27

Women: UPS 115, Whitman 90
Men: UPS 125, Whitman 67

Swimming at home Saturday night, Whitman was no match for Puget Sound and its Northwest Conference powerhouse swim teams. The Loggers took the women's dual meet 115-90 and outscored a small Missionary men's team by a 125-67 margin. The Whitman women slipped to 5-2 on the season in dual meets, while the men's squad, with only seven swimmers on the roster, remained winless.

While happy with the performance of both of her teams, Whitman coach Jenn Blomme was especially pleased with the closeness of the women's score. "To have the score this close shows we made them work. That's the first time that's ever happened (against Puget Sound). And I have to compliment ou relay teams. We won both of them against the fastest team in the conference."

On the men's side, Blomme was pleased to see two of her freshmen return to action after being sidelined by illness and injury. "We had Noel Sollom-Brotherton and Chance Gray back in the water for the first time in a while, and their return really infuses energy back into the men's team."

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, sophomores Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen, and first-year swimmer Chelsea Durfey opened the meet with a Whitman victory in the 200-yard medley relay. They finished in 1:56.34, just one-half second ahead of Puget Sound's top team.

In the meet's final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Pettersen and Durfey teamed with sophomore Elizabeth Roberson and first-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick to touch home first in 1:44.92. Their margin of victory was more comfortable, nearly 1.5 seconds.

Between the two relays, however, the Loggers were too much for the Missionary women, who won just two of the seven individual events.

Pettersen took the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.52, less than .10 of a second off her best collegiate time, which is the third-fastest in Whitman history. Pettersen finished just ahead of Fitzpatrick, who was the runner-up in 1:01.89, which moves her to fifth place on Whitman's all-time list in the event.

Alexander notched the only other Missionary women's victory, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.02, less than one-half second slower than her school record time.

Whitman also got strong performances from Durfey and Fitzpatrick in the 50-yard freestyle. Durfey was the the runner-up in 25.50, just one-tenth of a second behind Puget Sound's Amy Polansky. Fitzpatrick was third in 26.09. Durfey jumped from fifth to fourth all-time at Whitman, while Fitzpatrick climbed from 10th to ninth all-time.

Sophomore Mara Abbott took second in two events, the 1650-yard and 500-yard freestyle races. She finished the longer race in 18:43.25 and the shorter one in 5:40.16.

Also placing second for the Missionaries were junior Alexis Krupp in the 400-yard individual medley (4:56.40) and Jinbo-Doran in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.07). Jinbo-Doran was edged by just two-tenths of a second by Puget Sound's Courtney Williams.

In the men's dual, Whitman posted three individual event victories against the tough Loggers.

Freshman Justin Hampton's 56.48 swim in the 100-yard butterfly earned him a narrow victory. Freshman Ysbrand Nusse took home a huge victory in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:11.83, more than 30 seconds in front of his nearest competitor. Sophomore Clint Collier stroked to Whitman's third win, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.25.

Nusse nearly won a second event, placing second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:29.62, less than six-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Sollom-Brotherton also had notable swims, placing second in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.66) and 100-yard backstroke (57.24). "Noel fell sick during our training trip over break, and he's missed a lot of training since then," Blomme said. "Once he's healthy, I see him doing some good things. His 50 split in the relay would have competed for the win."

Sollom-Brotherton's time in the 100 backstroke, during which he was visibly laboring, was only .03 seconds off his season-best effort in the event.

The Whitman swim teams host Pacific at 2 p.m. Saturday. That meet not only wraps up the regular season for the Missionaries, it also marks the end of competitive swimming for the Sherwood Center pool. In use since 1969, the pool will be replaced next season by a new facility in the new Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Saturday, Jan. 28

Women: Whitman 162, Pacific 37
Men: Whitman 105, Pacific 42

The Whitman men's and women's swim teams closed the Sherwood Center pool in grand fashion Saturday afternoon, sweeping both sides of a Northwest Conference dual meet with Pacific. The Sherwood pool, in use since the building opened in 1969, will be replaced next season by a new facility in the new Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

Saturday's two Missionary victories were quite convincing. Members of the women's squad finished first in all 11 individual and relay events on their way to a 162-37 triumph. The men's squad won eight of 11 races and won by a 105-42 margin.

Sophomore Clint Collier and freshman Ysbrand Nusse had a hand in three victories apiece, sparking the men's team to its first dual meet win of the season. The Missionaries have just seven swimmers on their men's roster, which was still three more than Pacific had its disposal Saturday.

Collier won the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.86) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.08), while Nusse was the top finisher in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.49) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:08.22). Collier and Nusse also shared the credit for a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. Junior Robert Street and freshman Justin Hampton rounded out that relay foursome, which touched the wall in 4:05.20.

Collier and Nusse also teamed with freshmen Max Hennings and Chance Gray to win the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, in 3:48.39. Neither Whitman nor Pacific's second-place team, scored any points in the relay, however, because both sides were competing as exhibition entries. Individual swimmers are limited to three events each in a dual meet, and because of their small rosters, both Whitman and Pacific had exhausted their individual quotas by the time the final event rolled around.

On the women's side, Erin Pettersen was a part of three victories, claiming first in the 50-yard freestlye (26.35), the 200-yard butterfly (2:17.30), and as a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team. Sophomores Nancy Alexander and Ellen McCleery, as well as first-year swimmer Tally Teal, were also part of that relay foursome, which finished in 4:01.91.

Alexander also took first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.08, and McCleery claimed the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.21.

Whitman's other multiple winners on the women's side were juniors Nora Feeney and Erica Sorensen. Feeney won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:39.63, while Sorensen took the 200-yard backstroke in 2:24.29 in what coach Jenn Blomme called a "great swim." Feeney and Sorensen also teamed with first-year swimmers Courtney Fitzpatrick and Morgan Bach to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:26.91.

The other wins on the women's side came courtesy of first-year swimmer Chelsea Durfey, who captured the 100-yard freestyle in 59.35 seconds; senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran, who won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.15; and sophomore Mara Abbott, whose career-best 11:16.32 clocking won the 100-yard freestyle.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton was also a double-winner for the Missionary men. He was first in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.05) and 100-yard freestyle (50.20). Hennings won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:54.50.

The Missionaries are off the next two weeks to prep for the Northwest Conference championships, slated for Feb. 10-12. "Our women should be in a battle for second with Whitworth and Lewis & Clark," Blomme said. "And with championship scoring (with high finishes mattering more than a team's number of swimmers), the men could finish fourth."

The King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., will host the championships.

Results


Northwest Conference Championships

King Co. Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.; Friday, Feb. 10

With senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran placing fourth in the women's 200-yard individual medley and freshman Ysband Nusse taking fifth in the men's 500-yard freestyle, the Whitman swim teams got off to a strong start at the Northwest Conference Championships Friday night at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Whitman women, who also broke two school records in the relays, ended day one of the three-day meet in fourth place with 122 points. The Missionary men are in fifth place with 86 points.

In placing fourth in the 200 IM, Jinbo-Doran swam a season-best 2:15.57 that missed her school record in the event by about 1.5 seconds. Two Whitman juniors also scored points with season-best times in the 200 IM. Alexis Krupp was seventh in 2:17.84 while Erica Sorenson qualified for the consolation final, placing 10th overall in 2:24.13.

Nusse made a huge splash in placing fifth in the men's 500-yard freestyle. His time in the preliminaries was 4:53.18, his season-best effort by nearly 20 seconds. His time in the finals was slightly slower (4:55.18), but his preliminary time catapults him into second place all-time at Whitman. Garrett Hageman set the school record at 4:49.05 in 1999.

Junior Robert Street and freshman Max Hennings qualified for the consolation final in the 500-yard freestyle. Street, who missed the first half of the season while studying abroad, placed 14th in 5:24.09, a season-best clocking by more than 20 seconds. Hennings, who finished 16th in the final with a 5:42.71, swam a personal-best 5:37.76 in the preliminaries.

Whitman also made a good showing in the women's 50-yard freestyle. Chelsea Durfey, a first-year competitor, led the charge in the preliminaries, touching home in 25.79 seconds, which placed her in a tie for the eighth and final spot in the championship final. Durfey then lost a "swim-off" with Pacific Lutheran's Ashlynn Owen and was relegated to the consolation final, where she placed fourth and 12th overall in 26.04

Courtney Fitzpatrick, also a first-year Missionary swimmer, nipped Durfey in the consolation final, placing 11th in 26.03 seconds. That time moves Fitzpatrick into eighth-place on Whitman's all-time list for the event. Durfey is fourth on that list, having clocked a 25.50 earlier this season.

Sophomore Erin Pettersen was Whitman's third competitor in the 50-yard freestyle. Pettersen, who specializes in the butterfly events, placed 15th in 26.39.

Two more Missionary sophomores posted strong swims in the women's 500-yard freestyle. Elizabeth Roberson placed 10th with a finals time of 5:26.98, although her 5:25.98 swim in the preliminaries was a season-best effort by more than eight seconds and moves her into sixth place all-time at Whitman. Meanwhile, Mara Abbott lopped more than eight seconds off her season-best time, placing 11th in 5:28.57. That moves Abbott into ninth place on Whitman's all-time list.

The Whitman men had no competitors swim in the 200-yard IM, but two Missionaries made the consolation finals in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton was 12th overall in 22.83, and his 22.66 time in the preliminaries moves him into eighth place all-time at Whitman. Freshman Justin Hampton placed 16th in a season-best 23.67.

In Friday's relays, the Whitman women cracked their first school record in the meet's opening event, the 200-yard freestyle. Pettersen, Fitzpatrick, Durfey and Krupp placed fourth in 1:43.47. That knocked about two-tenths of a second off the school record the same foursome had set earlier in the season.

Whitman also shattered its school record in the 400-yard medley relay. Pettersen and Krupp teamed with Jinbo-Doran and sophomore Nancy Alexander to place third in 4:05.99, breaking a two-year-old school record by a whopping 5.62 seconds.

The Whitman men matched the women's in terms of relay success, placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 400-yard medley. Sollom-Brotherton, Hampton and Nusse teamed with fellow freshman Chance Gray to post a 1:31.96 into the 200 freestyle. In the 400 medley, it was Collier teaming with Hampton, Sollom-Brotherton and Nusse touching home in 3:43.49.

Gray just missed the consolation finals of the men's 50-yard freestyle. He swam a season-best 23.66, placing 18th.

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, first-years swimmer Morgan Bach was 20th in 27.14, while junior Katharine Curles had a season-best 27.13 to place 23rd. First-year swimmer Tally Teal finished 21st in the 200-yard IM in a personal-best 2:38.11.

Also swimming in the 500-yard freestyle were sophomore Rhea Edelman, 25th, 5:52.63 (personal best by almost 15 seconds); first-year Fiona Taggart, 28th, 6:00.97 (personal best); senior Allison Boomer, 29th, 6:01.77 (personal best); and senior Lila Little, 33rd, 6:18.38.

The championship meet continues Saturday and Sunday. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. both days. Finals start at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Northwest Conference Championships

Morning Preliminaries; Saturday, Feb. 11
King Co. Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Sophomore Nancy Alexander and freshmen Ysbrand Nusse and Justin Hampton turned some heads in the Saturday morning preliminaries of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, advancing to this evening's finals with the second fastest times in their respective events.

Alexander lowered her Whitman school record in the 100-yard backstroke to 1:00.80. In tonight's championhip final, Alexander will battle Puget Sound senior Breanna Trygg, who had the morning's best time (1:00.71), and Whitworth first-year swimmer Britta Gresset, who was clocked at 1:01.97 in her preliminary heat.

Nusse chopped eight seconds off his season-best time in the 400-yard individual medley, finishing in 4:21.26, still about 15 seconds behind the morning's best time (4:06.87), which was clocked by Whitworth senior Loren Killgore. Nusse's preliminary time moves him from fifth to third all-time at Whitman for that event.

Hampton knocked nearly three seconds off his season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly. His 53.69 mark left him about 1.4 seconds back of the morning's best swim, which Whitworth senior David Lillard registered. Hampton, who had not cracked Whitman's top 10 previously in the event, jumped all the way to fourth place on the all-time list.

Senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran swam a season-best 1:09.61 to advance to the finals with the morning's fourth-best time. Nora Feeney, a junior, also made tonight's championship heat, advancing in seventh place with a season-best 1:13.65. Two more Missionaries, sophomore Ellen McCleery and first-year swimmer Chelsea Durfey, will swim in tonight's consolation final, after posting the ninth-best (1:13.92) and 11th-best (1:14.85) times, respectively. McCleery's time moves her from ninth to eight all-time at Whitman for the event, while Durfey's season-best effort just missed cracking the top 10.

Sophomore Erin Pettersen advanced to the championship finals with the morning's fourth-best time (1:00.42) in the 100-yard butterfly. First-year teammate Courtney Fitzpatrick also heads to the final after posting the seventh-best time (1:01.87) in the preliminaries. Both swimmers clocked personal-best times, although Pettersen remains in third place and Fitzpatrick stays in fifth place on Whitman's top-10 list.

Whitman will also have two women in the championship final of the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Alexis Krupp advanced in fourth place with a time of 4:55.78. Feeney was close behind with the morning's sixth-best time, 4:56.46. Sophomore Mara Abbott made the consolation final, placing 11th in the preliminaries with a 5:02.93, a season-best effort by nearly 10 seconds.

Like Feeney, Alexander also made the championship final in a second event. Alexander claimed the eighth and final spot in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.16. Sophomore Elizabeth Roberson (2:05.17) and McCleery (2:07.44) qualified for the consolation finals, placing 11th and 16th, respectively, in the preliminaries.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton had a strong swim in the men's 100-yard backstroke, placing fourth with a season-best 55.83. Puget Sound freshman Garret Gentling clocked the morning's best time at 54.50. Sollom-Brotherton's time moves him from eighth to fifth all-time at Whitman in the event. Whitman's Chance Gray, also a freshman, made the consolation finals of the 100 backstroke, finishing 11th in the preliminaries in 1:02.66.

Whitman sophomore Clint Collier made the championship finals in two events. He had the morning's seventh-best time in the 400-yard individual medley (4:38.36) and the eighth-best effort (1:04.44) in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Robert Street, a Whitman junior, will swim tonight in two consolation finals. He was 11th in the preliminaries of the 400-yard IM with a season-best time of 5:00.55, and he had the 16th-best time, a season-best 1:12.39, in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Others swimming for the Whitman women in the morning preliminaries included first-year swimmers Morgan Bach and Tally Teal in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bach placed 20th in a season-best 1:18.56, while Teal was 21st in 1:19.13.

Seniors Allison Boomer and Lila Little placed 20th and 23rd, respectively, in the 400-yard IM. Boomer finished in a season-best 5:26.17. Little was 23rd in 5:58.77.

In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Katharine Curles swam a season-best 1:09.70 to place 21st. First-year racer Fiona Taggart had a season-best 1:18.35 to finish 24th.


Northwest Conference Championships

Evening Finals; Saturday, Feb. 11
King Co. Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Freshman Ysbrand Nusse finished second in the men's 400-yard individual medley and sophomore Nancy Alexander placed third while lowering her Whitman school record in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday night at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Nusse's runner-up time in the 400 IM was 4:16.37, a season-best effort by 13 seconds. Whitworth senior Loren Killgore won the race in a sizzling 4:03.18. Nusse moved into second place on Whitman's all-time list for the event.

Alexander dropped her school record in the 100 backstroke to 1:00.05, missing a conditional qualifying time for the NCAA national championships by five one-hundredths of a second. Pacific Lutheran's Ashlynn Owen won the race in 59.29, with Whitworth's Breanna Trygg taking second in 59.75.

Both Whitman teams ended day two of the conference meet in fourth place in the eight-school field.

The Missionary women have racked up 309 points and trail third-place Whitworth by 39 points. The Puget Sound women are in first place with 484 points, followed by Lewis & Clark in second with 378 points.

Despite having just seven swimmers on the roster, the Whitman men's squad was in the fourth spot with 230 points, 14 points ahead of Lewis & Clark. The Whitworth men were on top with 514 points. Puget Sound was second with 385.5 points and Linfield third with 295.5.

Whitman senior Alexis Jinbo-Doran also placed third in her individual event Saturday, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:09.38. She missed her school record by about one second.

Freshman Justin Hampton added a third-place showing in the men's 100-yard butterfly. His season-best time was 53.48, which gives him the fourth-best mark in Whitman history in that event.

Noel Sollom-Brotherton, also a freshman, finished fifth in the men's 100-yard backstroke in a season-best 55.17. That moves him into a tie for third place on Whitman's all-time list.

Sophomore Clint Collier swam in two championship finals Saturday night. He placed sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best 4:34.43 and was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.29.

The Whitman women's team put its depth of talent to good use in a number of events.

Sophomore Erin Pettersen and first-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly. Pettersen was clocked in 1:00.94, slightly slower than her time in the morning preliminaries, while Fitzpatrick posted a season-best 1:01.70.

Junior Alexis Krupp swam a season-best 4:51.01 to take fifth in the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Nora Feeney was right behind in sixth place with a season-best 4:53.96. Later in the evening, Feeney swam to a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, recording a season-best time of 1:13.18.

Prior to her record-breaking swim in the 100-backstroke, Alexander placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.60.

In the consolation finals, sophomore Ellen McCleery was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.54. Her first-year teammate, Chelsea Durfey, was 15th in 1:16.60. McCleery also had a 15th-place showing and a season-best time of 2:05.82 in the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Elizabeth Roberson was 12th in the 200 freestyle in 2:04.39, also a season-best.

Sophomore Mara Abbott placed 12th in 400-yard individual medley. Her time, 5:01.07, moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman.

In the men's consolation finals, junior Robert Street placed 11th in the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best 4:55.83. He also was 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.51

Freshman Chance Gray placed 11th in the 100-yad backstroke in 1:02.07, his best time of the season.

In the relays, Jinbo-Doran teamed with Alexander, Pettersen and Durfey to set a new school record while placing fourth in the 200-yard medley relay. Their time, 1:53.64, was nearly two seconds faster than the previous record, set in 2004 by Jinbo-Doran and three other swimmers.

A Whitman foursome comprised of Alexander, Krupp, McCleery and Roberson placed sixth in the 800-yard freestyle in 8:23.96.

The Whitman men placed fourth in both of their relays. Collier, Sollom-Brotherton, Hampton and Gray finished the 200-yard medley in 1:42.16.

Whitman's time in the 800-yard freestyle was 7:58.36. Three of the four swimmers were Nusse, Street and Collier. Results did not list the fourth Missionary swimmer.

The NWC championships conclude Sunday with morning preliminaries and evening finals.


Northwest Conference Championships

Morning Preliminaries; Sunday, Feb. 12
King Co. Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Sophomore Nancy Alexander swam a season-best time in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke and will be the top-seeded entry in the event's championship final later this evening at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Alexander finished in 2:10.38, nearly three-tenths of a second faster than her nearest competitor. The time was five-tenths of a second slower than her Whitman school record, which she set in placing second in the finals of last year's championship meet.

Three of Alexander's teammates -- senior Alexis Jinb-Doran, sophomore Erin Pettersen and freshman Ysbrand Nusse -- will head to their final heats this evening in second place, based on their morning times.

Pettersen swam a 2:12.83 in the 200-yard butterfly, missing her school record by about five-tenths of a second. On the men's side, Nusse clocked a 2:00.49 in the 200-yard backstroke, moving him from fifth to third on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

Erin Pettersen

Jinbo-Doran clocked a season-best 2:31.67 to lead a trio of Whitman swimmers into the championship finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. She was about three seconds off her school record time. Teammates Nora Feeney, a junior, and Ellen McCleery, a sophomore, head to the finals with the fourth- and eighth-best preliminary times. Feeney finished in 2:35.54 while McCleery's time was 2:39.56. Junior Erica Sorensen nearly gave the Missionaries a fourth swimmer in the top eight. Sorensen had the morning's 10th-best time, a 2:40.54.

Freshman Justin Hampton knocked nearly seven seconds off his season-best time in the 200-yard butterfly, advancing to the championship finals as the fourth seed. His 2:04.53 time moves him into fifth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

The finals of the men's and women's grueling 1,650-yard freestyle were held at the end of Sunday's morning session, since there are no preliminaries for that event.

In the women's 1,650, sophomore Mara Abbott placed fifth in 18:14.71, a career-best time by more than eight seconds. Sophomore Rhea Edelman was 16th in 20:34.82, edging first-year teammage Fiona Taggart, who was 17th in 20:37.46. Senior Lila Little was 23rd in 21:19.28.

In the men's 1,650, freshman Max Hennings chopped 20 seconds off his season-best time to place eighth in 19:27.61. Earlier in the day, Hennings sliced his season-best time by five seconds in the preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly, advancing to the evening finals as the No. 12 seed.

Three Missionary women will swim in tonight's consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Alexis Krupp goes as the No. 11 seed after swimming a 2:23.55 in the morning preliminaries. First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick had the 12-best time, a season-best 2:24.46, and senior Allison Boomer slipped into the No. 16 spot in 2:40.25.

Whitman will also have three swimmers in the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Sophomore Elizabeth Roberson led the way, placing 12th in the preliminaries in 58.16. First-year swimmers Chelsea Durfey and Morgan Bach finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in 58.62 and 58.74. Bach's time was a season-best by nearly two seconds.

Sorensen, in addition to her 10th-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke, placed 14th in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke. Her time was 2:22.88, which moves her into 10th place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Sophomore Clint Collier just missed qualifying for the championship finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. He placed ninth in the preliminaries in 2:23.11.

Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotheron made the consolation finals in the 100-yard freestyle. His time was 50.31, which was the morning's 12th-best time. Freshman Chance Gray finished 19th in the preliminaries in 53.13.

Others swimming for the Whitman women were junior Katharine Curles, 20th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:29.49; first-year swimmer Tally Teal, 18th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:49.55; and sophomore Rhea Edelman, 22nd in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:52.73. All three women had season-best times.


Northwest Conference Championships

Evening Finals; Sunday, Feb. 12
King Co. Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Swimmers Alexis Jinbo-Doran and Nancy Alexander captured Whitman's first Northwest Conference individual event titles in five years Sunday night as the conference championships came to a close at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Nancy Alexander

Alexander made the biggest splash in winning the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.60, beating her nearest competitor by nearly two seconds and slicing more than one second off her school record. She also bettered the conditional qualifying time for the NCAA National Championships by more than a second.

"That was a great, great swim by Nancy," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "Making a qualifying time for nationals is never easy."

Jinbo-Doran made her last Whitman swim a memorable one, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.02, dropping her school record by more than three-tenths of a second and beating the runner-up by nearly two seconds. Jinbo-Doran concludes her Missionary career with school records in three individual events and with a share of two relay records.

"Alexis was absolutely thrilled to win her race and break her school record," Blomme said. "She was beside herself with joy. It was so much fun to see and take part in it."

Tucker Jackson, as a senior at the 2001 NWC championships, captured Whitman's last individual event titles, winning both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. The last Whitman woman to win an NWC swim title was Shauna Banks, who was victorious in the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle races at the 1995 championships.

In the men's competition Sunday night, Whitman freshmen Ysbrand Nusse and Justin Hampton placed third in their individual events.

Nusse, who had placed second in one of his earlier events, took third in Sunday's 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.39, which moves him into second place all-time at Whitman in that event. Scott Daukas set the school record at 1:57.90 in 1995. "Ysband has been outstanding all weekend," Blomme said. "He was up against two very fast swimmers from Whitworth in his final race tonight. He did a phenomenal job."

Hampton, after placing third in Saturday's 100-yard butterfly, came back with the same placing in the 200-yard butterfly. His time was 2:00.23, which moves him into third place all-time at Whitman for that event.

"Justin did not swim his first 200-yard butterfly until he came to Whitman this year, and his first time was about 2:18," Blomme said. "He swam it a second time right before conference and finished in about 2:11. He dropped his time this morning in the preliminaries in 2:04 and dropped it again tonight in the finals to 2:00. And he was really in the running for first place in tonight's finals. There wasn't much of a time spread between Justion and the winner."

Sophomore Erin Pettersen gave Whitman a third-place showing in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time was 2:12.82, which missed her school record by six-tenths of a second.

Junior Nora Feeney and sophomore Ellen McCleery also swam in Sunday's final set of championship heats. Both swam in the 200-yard breaststroke, with Feeney placing fifth in 2:34.64 and McCleery taking eighth in 2:39.29. The times were season-best efforts for both swimmers.

In the final team scoring, the Whitman women placed fourth with 470 points, finishing just 31.5 points behind third-place Whitworth and 58 points behind runner-up Lewis & Clark. Puget Sound won the eight-school women's battle with 719.5 points.

"Our women's team would have loved to place second or third, but we still had several outstanding performances this weekend," Blomme said. "It's really true that it's not possible to control your competition. We swam great but we're also part of a conference with a lot of fast swimmers in it. Lewis & Clark had some tremendous swims by its women's team, and Whitworth's Samantha Kephardt broke an NCAA Division III national record in one of her events."

Despite having just seven swimmers on its roster, the Whitman men finished fifth with 322 points, trailing fourth-place Pacific Lutheran by just 12 points. Whitworth won the men's title with 722 points with Puget Sound (612.5) taking second and Linfield (414.5) third.

"It was an amazing accomplishment to see our men's team place fifth with just seven guys on the roster," Blomme said. "We're tremendously proud of what they were able to do."

In Sunday night's consolation finals, junior Alexis Krupp won the 200-yard butterfly consolation in a season-best 2:19.06 to place ninth overall. Had she posted that time in the championship heat, Krupp would have placed seventh.

First-year swimmer Courtney Fitzpatrick and senior Allison Boomer also swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly, placing 11th and 15th, respectively, in season-best times of 2:20.98 and 2:36.08.

Whitman also had three women in the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Chelsea Durfey was 11th in 57.70, Elizabeth Roberson was 13th in 57.95 and Morgan Bach was 16th in 59.21. Durfey and Bach are first-year swimmers. Roberson is a sophomore.

Junior Erica Sorensen swam in the consolation finals of two events. She finished 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:40.70 and was 16th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:21.20. Her time in the backstroke moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Whitman had three men swim in Sunday night consolation finals. Sophomore Clint Collier was ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:22.48. Freshman Noel Sollom-Brotherton placed 11th in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.78, which moves him eight place all-time at Whitman. Freshman Max Hennings clocked a season-best 2:21.16 to place 13th in the 200-yard butterfly.

The 400-yard freestyle relays were Sunday's final events, and both Whitman teams placed fourth. Alexander, Durfey, Fitzpatrick and Krupp were timed in 3:46.70 in the women's relay, while Sollom-Brotherton, Hampton, Collier and Nusse finished the men's race in 3:20.27.

Complete championship meet results