Whitman College Swimming

2006-07 Season Highlights


Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Friday, October 27

Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse placed sixth overall and freshman Eric Molnar was 11th to give the Whitman men's swim team its best performances at the season-opening Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

On the women's side, Whitman placed four swimmers in the top 20, led by junior Erin Pettersen's 12th-place showing.

The pentathlon's individual standings were based on each swimmer's combined time in five events -- the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Linfield's Kevin Caple won the men's pentathlon with a total time of 2:39.10. Pacific's Nathan Smith was nearly three seconds behind in second place. Nusse's sixth-place total was 2:45.87. Molnar was clocked in 2:46.86.

Whitworth's Brittany Gresset took first in the women's pentathlon with a time of 2:58.63. Lewis & Clark's Lindsay Nixon was the runner-up in 2:59.87. Pettersen's time was 3:11.01 for her five races.

"This meet is just a fun way to start the season," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Our swimmers came into the meet with a confident and relaxed attitude, and we had some fast early swims. We also got a better idea of where we need to work."

Others in the top 20 for the Missionary women were senior Alexis Krupp, 15th, 3:12.06; junior Nancy Alexander, 16th, 3:12.11; and sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick, 20th, 3:14.92. Chelsea Klinger, a first-year swimmer, was not far behind, placing 23rd in 3:15.25.

In the men's competition, which saw 73 swimmers finish all five events, Whitman freshman David Lee and junior Clint Collier placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in combined times of 2:50.15 and 2:50.68.

Nusse made his best showing in the 100-yard individual medley, placing fifth. He was 11th in the backstroke and 12th in freestyle. Molnar was eighth in the individual medley, 10th in the backstroke and 14th in the butterfly.

Lee posted a strong effort in the 50-yard freestyle, placing seventh. He was 14th in the backstroke and 18th in the butterfly.

Collier finished 11th in the breaststroke sprint and 19th in the butterfly. The men's team also got good swims from two freshmen; Nick Hurlburt placed 18th in the breaststroke, while George Stanton was 19th in the backstroke. In the overall standings, Stanton was 36th in 2:56.15 and Hurlburt was 59th in 3:06.72.

Whitman's highest placing of the night came courtesy of Alexander in the women's backstroke sprint. Alexander, who holds the Missionary school records in the backstroke, placed third with a time of 29.53. She finished about one second behind the winner of the event. Alexander added a 15th-place showing in the 100-yard individual medley.

Pettersen, Whitman's record holder in the butterfly, placed fourth in that sprint, covering the 50 yards in 28.30, exactly one second out of first place. Pettersen also placed 14th in the individual medley, backstroke and freestyle events.

Krupp registered good times in four events, placing 12th in the individual medley, 18th in the butterfly, 20th in the breaststroke and 22nd in the backstroke.

Fitzpatrick had one of Whitman's best swims, finishing 10th in the butterfly sprint. Klinger was 21st in the individual medley and 22nd in the butterfly.

Erica Sorensen, a senior, was 18th in the backstroke and finished 37th in the overall standings with a combined time of 3:19.53. Nora Feeney, also a senior, was 22nd in the breaststroke and placed 41st in the overall standings with a total time of 3:21.74.

A total of 97 women completed all five events. Others scoring for Whitman were Kendi Thomas, 46th, 3:22.37; Erin Phillips, 59th, 3:26.54; Jessie Neill, 74th, 3:34.67; Rhea Edelman, 82nd, 3:40.20; Lisa Doane, 87th, 3:45.64; Sidney Kohls, 91st, 3:49.43; and Danielle Alvarado, 93rd, 3:55.70.

Others competing for Whitman men were Justin Hampton, 58th, 3:06.12; Jeffrey Anderson, 60th, 3:08.73; Max Hennings, 68th, 3:15.88; Robert Street, 69th, 3:17.44; and Kevin McCoy, 71st, 3:35.77.

Pentathlon Individual Placings

Pentathlon Results by Event


Northwest Conference Relay Meet

Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.
Saturday, October 28

Whitman placed second in both the men's and women's 300-yard butterfly relay events at Saturday's annual Northwest Conference Relay Meet at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

The meet featured six events for the men, six for the women, and three in a mixed division where schools were represented by two men and two women.

The Whitman women placed fourth in their team scoring, trailing only Whitworth, Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark. The Missionary men finished fifth.

"The most exciting news for us is that when all the scores were totaled -- men, women and mixed -- Whitman placed third, finishing behind only Whitworth and Puget Sound," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We think that shows a lot about the overall strength of our swim program."

In the women's 300-yard butterfly, Whitman's Erin Pettersen, Alexis Krupp and Courtney Fitzpatrick stroked to a second-place time of 3:13.27. In the same men's relay, Justin Hampton. Eric Molnar and David Lee took second place in 2:51.80, beating the third-place team by nearly six seconds.

Molnar teamed with Clint Collier and Ysbrand Nusse for another impressive swim in the men's 300-yard medley. The Missionary trio finished third in 2:54.00, less than three-tenths of a second out second place and just over one minute out of the top spot.

The Missionary women placed third in two other events. Fitzpatrick joined forces with Nancy Alexander and Erica Sorensen to take third in the 300-yard backstroke relay, and it was Alexander, Chelsea Klinger and Kendi Thomas placing third in the 600-yard freestyle.

Whitman finished third in two of the three mixed relay races. Alexander and Pettersen for the women and Molnar and Lee for the men swam the 200-yard medley event in 1:51.46. In the 200-yard mixed freestyle, George Stanton and Nusse joined forces with Klinger and Pettersen to finish in 1:39.55.

The Whitman women placed fourth in two events -- the 300-yard breaststroke (Sorensen, Nora Feeney, Rhea Edelman) and the 300-yard medley (Feeney, Krupp, Fitzpatrick).

Jeffrey Anderson, Hampton and Stanton gave the men's squad a fourth-place showing in the 300-yard backstroke relay.

"For the most part, we swam good early season times, and I really think we had the most excited and united team at the pool," Blomme said. "The relay meet and (Friday's) sprint pentathlon are always a fun way to start the season, and it gives us good information to take into the start of our dual meet season this next week."

Whitman christens its new Paul Harvey Pool next weekend with a pair of dual meets. The Missionaries host Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m. Friday and Albertson at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Complete Results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Friday, Nov. 3

Men: Whitman 122, Lewis & Clark 55
Women: Lewis & Clark 126, Whitman 79

The Whitman swim teams took their new Paul Harvey Pool on its maiden voyage Friday night, splitting a Northwest Conference dual meet with Lewis & Clark.

The Missionary men's squad, wielding its largest roster in a decade, won its dual meet 122-55. The Lewis & Clark women, who placed second in last year's Northwest Conference championships, pinned a 126-79 loss on their Whitman counterparts.

Freshmen David Lee, Jeff Anderson and Eric Molnar combined to win five individual events to spark the Whitman men's victory. Sophomores Ysbrand Nusse and Max Hennings also had first-place showings, and it was Nusse, Molnar, Lee and freshman George Stanton joining forces to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

"It was great to see our men's team get a victory in our inaugural dual meet," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. Robert Street, the lone senior on the 11-man Missionary roster, talked to "his teammates afterwards about how excited he is to be part of this shift in men's swimming, where we have the numbers to compete and win in dual meets."

Whitman's new Harvey Pool is part of the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, a $10-million facility that opened this fall.

In the women's dual meet, sophomores Lindsay Nixon and Koy Collier won three individual events apiece to power the Lewis & Clark triumph. Senior Theresa Likarish won two more events for the Pioneers.

Nancy Alexander, a junior, was the only Missionary to win a women's event. She captured the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.28, about two seconds off her school record time and a full four seconds ahead of Friday's runner-up.

Alexander teamed with senior Nora Feeney, junior Erin Pettersen and sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick to win the 200-yard medley relay by more than five seconds, finishing in 1:57.71. Pettersen and Fitzpatrick also were part of Whitman's victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay, joining with senior Alexis Krupp and first-year swimmer Chelsea Klinger to post a time of 1:46.34.

"It was certainly disappointing to lose to the Lewis & Clark women, but I was still proud of the effort our women put forth," Blomme said. "We've been working very hard in the pool and very hard in the weight room, and we're not a fresh team at this point. If we continue to compete as well as we did tonight, we're going to have a lot more success later in the season when we're not as tired as I know we were tonight."

"Alexis Krupp's race in the 500-yard freestyle is especially deserving of compliments," Blomme added. "Her effort was tremendous, and she swam a very smart, strategic race" in finishing second to Lewis & Clark's Collier. "Alexis is one of four senior women who spent all week studying for biology comprehensive exams, which they take tomorrow morning. She's had a very hard week, so I'm pleased she swam as well as she did."

Krupp and Feeney finished second in two events each. "Nora Feeney's 100-yard breaststroke time (1:12.96) is outstanding for this early in the season," Blomme said. Feeney missed her career-best time by less than one second, finishing little more than one-half of a second behind the winner of the race, Lewis & Clark's Nixon.

Pettersen also swam a strong early time, placing second to Nixon in the 100-yard butterfly by one-half of a second. Pettersen missed her school-record time by 1.3 seconds.

In the men's dual, Lee won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.49 and the 100-yard butterfly in 56.74. Stanton was second in the 50 free, while sophomore Justin Hampton was the runner-up to Lee in the butterfly.

Anderson also won a pair of freestyle events for the Missionaries, taking the 200-yard race in 2:00.04 and winning in 5:36.91 at 500 yards. Street and Hennings finished second and third at the longer distance.

Molnar won the men's 100-yard backstroke in 59.27, which moves him into 10th place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Stanton was second and Nusse third.

Nusse outswam Molnar in the 400-yard individual medley, winning in 4:31.42. Nusse swam a 4:16.37 in the event last spring, which ranks him second all-time at Whitman, but Molnar's Friday time (4:32.20) moves him into eighth place on the all-time list.

Hennings was uncontested in winning the men's 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:55.78.

Sam Palmer and Pat Murray were the only individual event winners for the Lewis & Clark men. Palmer won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.70, squeaking past Whitman junior Clint Collier by seven one-hundredths of a second. Murray won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.48, edging Collier by four-tenths of a second.

Lewis & Clark swims another NWC dual meet Saturday at Whitworth. Whitman stays at home, hosting Albertson in a non-conference dual meet at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Meet results


Non-Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Saturday, Nov. 4

Men: Whitman 129, Albertson 44
Women: Whitman 127, Albertson 62

With seniors Alexis Krupp and Nora Feeney leading the women and freshmen David Lee and Eric Molnar sparking the men, the Whitman swim teams rolled to one-sided dual meet victories over Albertson Saturday afternoon in the new Harvey Pool in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

The Missionary men, winning their second dual meet in two days, won 129-44. The Whitman women evened their dual meet slate at 1-1 with a 127-62 victory.

"Obviously, we are quite pleased to have finished such a strong meet," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "It has not been often that both our men and women have won a meet together."

Krupp, a senior captain, won the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.86) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.70). Feeney doubled up with wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.81) and 500-yard freestyle (5:35.53).

Lee led a one-two-three Whitman sweep in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 57.93. Senior Robert Street was second and sophomore Max Hennings third. Lee also took first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.56, leading another Missionary sweep. Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse was second and freshman Nick Hurlburt third.

Molnar was on the front end of a third Whitman sweep. With junior Clint Collier placing second and Street finishing third, Molnar won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.32. That time moves him into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Molnar claimed his second victory in the 100-yard backstroke, winning in 57.70. He is in 10th-place all-time at Whitman in that event.

"Kudos to Eric for swimming what was nearly a best time for him the 100 backstroke and for his great time in the 200 IM," Blomme said.

Nusse, Lee and Molnar teamed with freshman George Stanton to win the men's 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.11. "Our men's medley relay was probably one of the best races of the day -- neck to neck the whole way and then David Lee pulled us through on the last 25 to a first-place finish," Blomme said.

Seven other Missionaries stroked to individual event victories. Winners on the women's side were Rhea Edelman in the 1,650-yard freestyle (21:25.60), Nancy Alexander in the 200-yard freestyle (2:09.91), Erin Pettersen in the 100-yard freestyle (58.14) and Erica Sorensen in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.81). Other winners for the men were Jeff Anderson in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:45.72), Nusse in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.98) and Collier in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.45).

Albertson won just two men's events and one women's race.

The Whitman swim teams stay at home next Saturday, hosting a Northwest-Conference rival Whitworth at 1 p.m. The Missionaries then host Willamette on Saturday, Nov. 18.

"Now we have to buckle down in preparation for the two weeks prior to our Thanksgiving break," Blomme said. "These are tough weeks of school for many of our swimmers, and we need to be training hard. But we have a team of mature swimmers who know how to handle being scholar-athletes. We will look to their leadership to help us excel during this time."

Meet results


Northwest Conference Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.; Saturday, Nov. 11

Men: Whitworth 129, Whitman 71
Women: Whitworth 127, Whitman 74

Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse won a pair of events for the Whitman men's swim team, but visiting Whitworth got victories from six different swimmers to claim a 129-71 men's dual meet victory Saturday afternoon in the new Harvey Pool.

In the women's dual, Nancy Alexander was the only Missionary to win a race as the visiting Pirates got two victories each from Katelyn Erickson, Natalie Turner and Samantha Kephardt en route to a 127-74 triumph.

"Despite the losses, this was probably the best swimming we've done this season so far," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "We were by no means at our best today. Many of us are sick, have just been sick, or are getting sick."

Nusse's two victories in the men's dual came in the 50-yard freestyle (22.59) and 500-yard freestyle (5:08.71). His time in the 50 free moved him into a tie for fifth-place on Whitman's list of career-best times for that event.

Eric Molnar, a freshman and one of the Missionaries fighting illness, won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:31.89. Molnar finished third in the 200-yard backstroke, although his 2:08.80 time moves him into eighth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

The six Pirates winning men's events were Nathan Newberg in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:55.74), David Dolphay in the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.75), Josh McDowell in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.01), Bryan Clarke in the 100-yard freestyle (50.37), Luke Stocker in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.66) and Kris Asleson in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.01).

Whitman freshman David Lee placed second in two events, the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles. He finished just two-tenths of a second behind the winner at the 100-yard distance. Missionary junior Clint Collier just missed a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing three-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Alexander gave Whitman its only victory in the women's dual in the 200-yard backstroke. Her winning time was 2:15.33.

Alexander also teamed with junior Erin Pettersen, sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick and first-year swimmer Kendi Thomas to win the women's 400-yard freestyle in 3:56.55. "The victory was a good way to finish the meet with pride," Blomme said. "It was especially meaningful to have Courtney anchor that relay because she has been working so hard."

In the women's individual events, Pettersen was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.01. That time moves her from 10th to eighth on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

In other individual events, Thomas placed second in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Senior Nora Feeney also had a pair of second-place showings in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley.

Winning twice for the Whitworth women were Erickson in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:43.48) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.85), Turner in the 400-yard individual medley (4:48.26) and 100-yard freestyle (54.17), and Kephardt in the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.88) and 500-yard freestyle (5:27.55).

Other winners for the Pirate women were Ashley Scroggy in the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.62) and Brittany Gresset in the 50-yard freestyle (24.96). Gresset teamed with Dephart, Erickson and Turner to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:06.94.

Stocker, Clarke, McDowell and Dolphay won the men's medley relay in 3:43.05. Tom Radtke, Chung-On Leung, Jason Hunter and Justin Brandler won the men's freestyle relay for Whitworth in 3:28.22.

Blomme wasn't surprised by the illness and fatigue that slowed a number of her swimmers Saturday. "These last few weeks preceding Thanksgiving are always hard all the way around," she said. "Our goal today was to give everything we had on this day to the meet. I'm proud our team was able to accomplish that."

The Whitman swim teams stay at home next Saturday to host Willamette in a NWC dual meet that starts at 1 p.m. Whitworth hosts Willamette at 6 p.m. Friday in Spokane.

Meet results


NWC Dual Meet
Walla Walla, Wash.;
Saturday, Nov. 18

Men: Whitman 111, Willamette 70
Women: Whitman 132, Willamette 63

With Kendi Thomas and Erin Pettersen each winning two events for the women and Ysbrand Nusse and Eric Molnar pocketing two victories apiece for the men, the Whitman swim teams stroked their way to dual meet victories over Willamette Saturday afternoon in the Harvey Pool at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

The Missionary men upped their dual meet record to 3-1 with a 111-70 victory over the Bearcats. The Whitman women evened their slate at 2-2 with a 132-63 triumph.

"Our team performed very well," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "I am quite pleased with where we are at this point in the season."

Molnar, a freshman, got his wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.83) and 200-yard backstroke (2:05.99). His time in the backstroke moves him from eighth to sixth on Whitman's best-times list for that event, and he cracked the Missionary top ten as well in the 200 IM, jumping into the seventh slot.

Molnar swam a third individual event, placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke to Willamette senior Kei Otawa. Finishing nine-tenths of a second behind Otawa, Molnar was clocked in 2:22.63, which moves him into 10th place all-time at Whitman.

Otawa won all three of his individual events for the Bearcats. He also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17 and the 100-yard freestyle in 49.35, edging Whitman freshman David Lee in both races. Lee's 49.48 effort in the 100 moves him into seventh place all-time at Whitman for that event, and his time in the 50 was 22.65, which places him eighth all-time for the Missionaries.

Thomas, a first-year swimmer for the Whitman women, won the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.70) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:43.42). Pettersen notched her victories in the 50-yard freestyle (26.92) and 200-yard butterfly (2:17.47).

Senior Becca Fischer captured two events for the Willamette women. She and teammate Whitney Price finished one-two in the 100-yard freestyle, and she won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.95, beating Missionary junior Nancy Alexander. With a time of 2:20.59, Alexander moves into ninth-place on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

Alexander, Whitman's record holder in the 200-yard backstroke, won that race in 2:14.96. She also teamed with Pettersen, senior Nora Feeney and sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick to take the 400-yard medley relay in 4:24.88.

Feeney, who ranks second all-time at Whitman in the 200-yard breaststroke, won that race Saturday in 2:34.05. Senior Alexis Krupp swam the 1,000-yard freestyle for the first time, winning in 11:24.55. Feeney and Krupp also joined with Thomas and Jessie Neill, a first-year swimmer, to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:01.37.

Nusse was the other double-winner for the Whitman men. He was first in 200-yard freestyle (1:56.83) and 500-yard freestyle (5:16.65). Senior Robert Street added a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:27.99) and sophomore Justin Hampton won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.19.

Hampton, Lee, Nusse and junior Clint Collier won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:53.72.

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Whitman heads to Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 1-2 for the Northwest Invitational.

"Our team has worked so hard this first part of the season," Blomme said. "They are very deserving of Thanksgiving break from school."

Meet results


Northwest Invitational
Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash.;
Friday, Dec. 1

A victory in the women's 400-yard medley relay and a handful of top 10 performances in the individual events got the Whitman swim teams off to a good start as the annual Northwest Invitational opened Friday night at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash.

Senior Nora Feeney and first-year swimmer Kendi Thomas teamed with juniors Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:16.52, beating runner-up Lewis & Clark by a full two seconds. "It was exciting to see our women win that relay so handily," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We're estatic with our results."

Whitman nearly won the men's 400-yard medley relay as well. Junior Clint Collier and sophomore Ysbrand Nusse joined with freshmen Eric Molnar and David Lee to clock a 3:48.57, finishing second to Pacific Lutheran by less than two-tenths of a second.

Molnar had Whitman's best individual performance, placing third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.35. Nusse was fourth in 2:07.15 and Collier fifth in 2:10.96 (his season-best time for that event).

Lee placed fourth for the Missionaries in the men's 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.16.

On the women's side, Feeney finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.51. Senior temmate Alexis Krupp was right behind in fifth place in 5:36.32. The times were season-best efforts for both swimmers.

Alexander was sixth in the women's 200-yard individual medley (2:25.05) and junior Erin Pettersen was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.09).

"We had a great first night," Blomme said. "Everyone is swimming really well."

In the men's 500-yard freestyle, Whitman freshman Jeffrey Anderson placed 11th with a season-best 5:34.98 while sophomore teammate Max Hennings was 15th in 5:49.93. In the same race for the women, Thomas was 16th in 5:47.64 and senior Erin Phillips was 20th in 5:55.00. Other Missionaries in the women's 500 were junior Rhea Edelman (25th, 6:04.95), senior Lisa Doane (32nd, 6:19.40), first-year swimmer Sidney Kohls (34th, 6:22.18) and sophomore Fiona Taggart (37th, 6:29.94). "That was a nine-second drop for Sidney and a six-second drop for Rhea," Blomme said. "Both have the potential to go faster. Erin also had a season-best time."

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick added a 16th-place showing (27.73) for the Missionaries while first-year swimmer Jessie Neill was 22nd in 29.08. In the men's 50, sophomore Justin Hampton was 19th in 24.93, just ahead of freshmen Nick Hurlburt (20th, 25.10) and Kevin McCoy (22nd, 25.47). "That was a great swim for Kevin, who is a relatively new swimmer," Blomme said. "That was a milestone for him, breaking 26 seconds, and we're looking for more improvement as the season continues."

The Missionaries were a bit short-handed for the invitational, which concludes with a morning and evening session on Saturday. First-year swimmers George Stanton and Chelsea Klinger stayed home due to illness. Seniors Danielle Alvarado (family reasons) and Robert Street (academic conflict) were also missing.

Meet results


Northwest Invitational
Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash.;
Saturday, Dec. 2

With senior Nora Feeney and juniors Erin Pettersen and Nancy Alexander winning 200-yard races in their stroke specialities, the Whitman women's swim team placed second among 10 schools as the annual Northwest Invitationa came to a close Saturday night in Tacoma, Wash.

Meanwhile, the Missionary men's squad finished third among nine schools as sophomore Ysbrand Nusse finished second in two events, once in the morning session and once in the evening. Freshman David Lee also claimed runner-up honors in one event.

Lewis & Clark took first in the women's team scoring with 384 points. Whitman, second with 293 points, was followed by Cal State-East Bay 273, Pacific Lutheran 269, and Linfield 255.

Linfield and Pacific Lutheran finished one-two in the men's scoring with 505 and 410 points, respectively. Whitman was third with 299 points. Puget Sound tallied 157 points and Whitworth finished with 133 to round out the top five.

"This meet was a good opportunity to get a mid-season sense for where we're at," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme. "Energy levels are on the low side at this time of year, so not all of the times are fast, but I couldn't be more pleased with how much spirit and competitiveness our swimmers brought to this meet. We had some good competitive races, and I think we learned a lot in several cases."

Alexander won the women's 200-yard backstroke in 2:14.55 and Pettersen captured the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.20. Both swimmers hold Whitman school records in those events. In Saturday morning's session, Alexander had a second-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.55.

Feeney, who ranks second all-time at Whitman in the 200-yard breaststroke, won that event in 2:34.40, beating her nearest competitor by more than two seconds.

Swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle for only the second time in her life, Missionary senior Alexis Krupp finished second in 19:06.81. That time moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman.

Feeney and Krupp placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley with times of 4:57.20 and 5:00.10.

Nusse capped his day with a second-place effort in the men's 200-yard backstroke. His time was 2:03.49, about a half-second behind Linfield's Kevin Caple. Earlier in the day, Nusse placed second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:32.55. He ranks second all-time at Whitman in both events.

Lee was the runner-up in men's 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.57, less than six-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Clint Collier, a Whitman junior, was third in Saturday's two breaststroke events. His time in the 100 was 1:06.22, less than two seconds behind the winner, and his 2:25.84 time in the 200 edged freshman teammate Eric Molnar into fourth place by three one-hundredths of a second.

Justin Hampton, a Missionary sophomore, placed third in the 100-yard butterfly. Freshman Jeffrey Anderson was fifth in the 100-yard back and eighth at the 200-yard distance. Sophomore Max Hennings finished sixth in the 200-yard butterfly and eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Freshman Nick Hurlburt was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 11th in the 200.

Senior Erica Sorensen swam three individual events Saturday, placing sixth in the 200-yard backstroke and seventh in both the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick took seventh in the 100-yard butterfly while first-year swimmer Kendi Thomas was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Erin Phillips was ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Whitman, which won the 400-yard medley relay in Friday night's opening session, nearly won Saturday's 200-yard medley relay. Feeney, Pettersen, Alexander and Fitzpatrick touched home in 1:58.71, finishing a tenth of a second behind the winning quartet from Cal State-East Bay.

Morning results

Evening results


UC-Irvine Invitational
Irvine, Calif.; Sunday, Jan. 7

Results


NWC Dual Meet
McMinnville, Ore.;
Friday, Jan. 12

Men: Linfield 137, Whitman 61
Women: Linfield 106, Whitman 94

Still fatigued from a week-long training trip to southern California, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams dropped both ends of a Northwest Conference dual meet at Linfield Friday night in McMinnville, Ore. The host Wildcats slipped past the Missionaries 106-94 in the women's dual and outscored an outmanned Whitman squad 137-61.

"We just got back from doing the hardest work we've done all season during our trip to California," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said. "We're as tired as we've ever been, and it showed in the way we swam tonight. We had trouble finishing some of the races, but we also had some very good swims despite the fatigue. Our primary goal is to be ready for conference championships next month."

Junior Erin Pettersen in the 100-yard butterfly and senior Nora Feeney in the 100-yard breaststroke posted wins for the Missionary women. Pettersen was clocked in 1:00.51, missing her school record by just nine one-hundredths of a second. Feeney finished her race in 1:13.06, coming within one second of matching her career-best, which ranks her third all-time at Whitman in that event.

Feeney and Pettersen also teamed with junior Nancy Alexander and first-year swimmer Kendi Thomas to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.97.

In the men's dual, Missionary junior Clint Collier and freshman teammate David Lee won events. Collier, who ranks fourth all-time at Whitman in the 100-yard breatstroke, won that event in 1:02.80, missing his career-best time by four-tenths of a second. Despite an ailing shoulder, Lee won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.03 and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.03. That time moves Lee into eighth place all-time at Whitman for that event.

Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse was a runner-up in two events for the Whitman men. Justin Hampton, also a sophomore, added a second-place showing in a third event.

In the women's meet, senior Alexis Krupp and Alexander finished second in two events each. Others placing second were senior Erin Phillips, junior Mara Abbott and first-year swimmer Jessie Neill.

Whitman swim a second NWC dual meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore.

Meet results


NWC Dual Meet
Forest Grove, Ore.;
Saturday, Jan. 13

Men: Whitman 118, Pacific 35
Women: Whitman 126, Pacific 54

With Erin Pettersen, Nancy Alexander and Ysbrand Nusse each winning two individual events, the Whitman swim teams cruised to lopsided Northwest Conference dual meet victories at Pacific Saturday afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore. While the Missionary men were victorious 118-35, the Whitman women rolled to a 126-54 triumph.

"This was a good finish to our long week-and-a-half on the road," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "It was nice to get some wins under our belts before we head for home, and it was great to see the spirit and enthusiasm our team showed during the meet."

Nusse, a sophomore, won the men's 1,000-yard freestyle in a career-best 10:48.92, setting a new pool record at Pacific. He remains in 10th place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Nusse also won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.15.

In the women's dual, Alexander won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.83, nipping teammate Alexis Krupp by seven one-hundredths of a second. Alexander added a second win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time 5:35.95, beating senior teammate Nora Feeney by almost five seconds.

Pettersen scored her two victories in the 50-yard freestyle (26.66) and 200-yard butterfly (2:14.08). Her time in the butterfly event was about four seconds off her school record time.

Other Whitman winners on the women's side were Feeney in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.44) and first-year swimmers Kendi Thomas and Chelsea Klinger. Thomas won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.13 while Klinger took the 100-yard freestyle in 59.69.

Junior Elizabeth Roberson teamed with Pettersen, Alexander and Thomas to win the 400-yard medley relay.

In the men's meet, junior Clint Collier won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.27 and nearly matched his career-best time in placing a close second in the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman David Lee won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.98 and clocked a career-best 49.40 in finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle. Lee is seventh all-time at Whitman in the 100 free.

Also winning individual events for the Whitman men were senior Robert Street in the 500-yard freestyle (5:27.26) and freshman Eric Molnar in the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.57).

The Missionary men won both relay events. Nusse, Collier, Molnar and Lee won the 400-yard medley, and it was sophomores Justin Hampton and Max Hennings joining with freshmen George Stanton and Kevin McCoy to capture the 400-yard freestyle.

Whitman wraps up its regular season next weekend with NWC dual meets at Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. Whitman will host the NWC Championships Feb. 9-11 at its new swimming pool facility.

Meet results


NWC Dual Meet
Tacoma, Wash.;
Friday, Jan. 19

Men: UPS 139, Whitman 66
Women: UPS 133, Whitman 63

Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse won a pair of events while Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen each notched a victory, but the Whitman swim teams were no match for Puget Sound Friday night in Tacoma, Wash. The Logger women scored a 133-66 dual meet triumph as the Puget Sound men were notching a 133-63 win.

"In terms of the results, we were outmatched by a bigger team, but we showed both a lot of heart and talent in the process," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said.

Nusse was a winner in both the 400-meter individual medley (5:01.81) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:28.42). Eric Molnar, a Missionary freshman, was second to Nusse in the 400 IM in 5:02.92.

In the women's dual, Pettersen was a decisive winner in the 100-meter butterfly (1:07.64) and the runner-up in the 50-meter freestyle (29.23). Alexander swam to victory in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:10.63.

Several Missionaries posted second-place finishes. Junior Clint Collier was second in both the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter breaststroke. Senior Robert Street was second in the 1,500-meter freestyle in 18:51.44.

Placing second for Whitman in the women's meet were senior Nora Feeney in the 400-meter individual medley, junior Mara Abbott in the 1,500-meter freestyle, and first-year swimmer Chelsea Klinger in the 200-meter freestyle.

"Given how hard we worked in California and this past week, we didn't necessarily anticipate great times in our races, but after some rest we expect to swim very fast," Blomme said. "So today, I wasn't at all surprised to see how tired the team was. It's a sign that we're working as hard as we ought to be right now. We've also got several people who are very sick, and two coming off some really difficult shoulder injuries. That's why you didn't see Nick Hurlburt swimming last weekend and why George Stanton didn't swim tonight.

"What is going well is that our team is more focused than I've ever seen before," Blomme added. "Tonight we swam really smart races. I am so proud of the team to be able to give that kind of keen focus to its swimming when everyone is so tired. Beyond that, the spirit of this team is remarkable -- we love what we do."

Whitman concludes its Northwest Conference regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday with a dual meet at Pacific Lutheran.

Meet results


NWC Dual Meet
Tacoma, Wash.;
Saturday, Jan. 20

Men: PLU 125, Whitman 77
Women: Whitman 109, PLU 96

With four different swimmers winning an individual event, the Whitman women's swim team outpointed Pacific Lutheran 109-96 Saturday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash. Meanwhile, in the men's dual meet, Whitman dropped a 125-77 decision despite getting three individual event victories from freshman Eric Molnar.

Winners for the Whitman women were senior Nora Feeney in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.41), junior Mara Abbott in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:27.63), junior Erin Pettersen in the 200-yard buttefly (2:14.64) and first-year swimmer Chelsea Klinger in the 500-yard freestyle (5:31.44).

Pettersen and Feeney also joined with junior Nancy Alexander and first-year teammate Kendi Thomas to win the 400-yard medley relay in 4:17.52.

Molnar won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:09.88, beating his nearest competitor by more than five seconds. His other two victories were by much closer margins. He won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.67, edging the runner-up by one-tenth of a second, and his winning time (2:06.00) in the 200-yard individual medley was less than one-half second better than the second-place finisher.

Ysbrand Nusse, a Whitman sophomore, was a victor in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a career-best 10:46.87. He added a second-place showing in both the 50-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Freshman David Lee also was the runner-up in two events, the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races. Junior Clint Collier was second in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The Missionary women showcased their depth, and scored a bunch of critical points, in the 200-yard breaststroke, the next-to-last event of the meet. While Feeney was winning the race, seniors Alexis Krupp and Erica Sorensen finished second and third, respectively. With a strong closing kick, Sorensen nipped a PLU competitor by one one-hundredth of a second.

In addition to their victories, Feeney, Pettersen and Abbott finished second in other events. Both Abbott in the 500-yard freestyle and Feeney in the 200-yard butterfly placed second to teammates. Pettersen was edged into second place by PLU's Mica Bailey in the 50-yard freestyle.

Junior Elizabeth Roberson was the runner-up in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. Krupp placed second in the 200-yard individual medley, as well as in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Alexander just missed a victory in the 200-yard backstroke. Her time was 2:11.74, about seven-tenths of a second behind the winner, PLU's Jessie Donovan.

Next up for the Missionaries is the Northwest Conference Championships. Whitman will host that meet Feb. 9-11 in its new swimming pool in the new Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

Meet results



Northwest Conference Championships

Morning Preliminaries; Friday, Feb. 9
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool; Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

Freshman David Lee had Friday morning's fourth-best time in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle, leading a group of five Whitman swimmers into the evening finals as the Northwest Conference championships got underway in Whitman's new Paul and Louise Harvey Pool.

Other Missionaries advancing to the evening finals are senior Alexis Krupp in the 200-yard individual medley, junior Erin Pettersen in the 50-yard freestyle, and junior Clint Collier and freshman Eric Molnar in the 200-yard individual medley.

By placing anywhere from ninth through 16th in their events, seven additional Whitman swimmers qualified for tonight's consolation finals.

Lee swam a season-best 22.23 in the men's 50-yard freestyle, which moves him into third place on Whitman's all-time list of best times for that event.

Pettersen also clocked a career-best time in the women's 50-yard freestyle, finishing seventh in the morning's preliminaries in 25.67. That moves her into fifth place on Whitman's all-time list. Pettersen placed 15th in the 50 free at last year's championship meet.

Collier and Molnar placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the preliminaries of the men's 200-yard individual medley. Collier was timed in 2:02.47, knocking more than 2.5 seconds off his previous career-best time and moving him up one notch to sixth on Whitman's all-time list. Molnar now sits in the seventh slot after clocking a 2:02.69 in the preliminaries.

Krupp's 2:18.67 time in the women's 200-yard individual medley was the seventh best time in the morning preliminaries. It was her season-best time by more 2.5 seconds. Krupp has placed as high as fifth in the event in past championship meets.

Three Missionaries -- sophomore Ysbrand Nusse and first-year swimmers Chelsea Klinger and Kendi Thomas -- just missed making the top eight in their events to advance to the evening finals.

Klinger and Thomas placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle with season-best times of 5:29.39 and 5:29.45. Lewis & Clark's Analise Herrera slipped into the eighth spot in 5:29.24.

Klinger and Thomas will have plenty of Missionary company in tonight's consolation finals. Three Whitman juniors placed 12th, 13th and 14th in the preliminaries. Elizabeth Roberson led the way, swimming the event for the first time this season in 5:31.86. Mara Abbott (5:32.42) and Nancy Alexander (5:32.46) also registered their best times of the season. Both Roberson and Abbott missed the fall semester swim meets while on foreign study.

Nusse finished ninth in the men's 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.65. Puget Sound's James Lee swam two seconds faster to take the eighth and final spot in the finals.

Robert Street, a Whitman senior, swam a season-best 5:19.21 to place 15th in the 500 free. Max Hennings, a Missionary sophomore, just missed the consolation finals, finishing 17th with a time of 5:35.50, his season-best effort.

Freshman Nick Hurlburt nearly made the consolation finals of the 50-yard freestyle, knocking more than one second off his season-best time to place 18th in the preliminaries in 23.34. Sophomore Justin Hampton was 20th in 23.56. Kevin McCoy, another Whitman freshman, was 25th in 25.68.

In the women's 50-yard freestyle, first-year swimmer Jessie Niell placed 21st for Whitman in a season-best 27.96.

Five Missionary women placed in the 500-yard freestyle, all of them recording season-best times. Senior Erin Phillips led the way, finishing 19th in 5:44.45. Rhea Edelman, a junior, was next in 5:54.69. Next in line were sophomore Fiona Taggart, 27th, 6:01.76; senior Lisa Doane, 28th, 6:05.83; and first-year swimmer Sidney Kohls, 30th, 6:11.22.

Morning Preliminaries


Northwest Conference Championships

Evening Finals; Friday, Feb. 9
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool; Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

With five swimmers placing in the championship finals in three events, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams both scored 107 points and settled into fourth place after Friday's opening day of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships, which Whitman is hosting through Sunday at its new Paul and Louise Harvey Pool in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

The Whitman women, who tied a school record in the 400-yard medley relay, trailed third-place Lewis & Clark by just 13 points. Whitworth and Puget Sound were well out in front in the women's team scoring with 212 and 199 points, respectively.

The men's scoring was tightly bunched at the top with Linfield in the lead with 185 points. Puget Sound was second with 158 points. Whitworth, the defending men's champion, lost 34 points when one of its relay teams was disqualified and slipped to third place with 156 points.

Whitman seniors Alexis Krupp and Nora Feeney teamed with juniors Nancy Alexander and Erin Pettersen to place a strong third in the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 4:05.99. That ties the school record set just last year by Krupp, Alexander, Pettersen and (2006 graduate) Alexis Jinbo-Doran.

In the finals of the men's 200-yard medley, freshman Eric Molnar and junior Clint Collier placed seventh and eighth, respectively, with times of 2:03.28 and 2:03.91. Their times were slightly slower than what they posted in the morning preliminaries, when Collier finished just ahead of Molnar.

Both Krupp and Pettersen finished seventh in their individual events. Krupp swam a season-best 2:17.79 in the 200-yard individual medley. Pettersen clocked a career-best 25.62 in the 50-yard freestyle, jumping to fifth place on Whitman's all-time list of best times for that event.

In the men's 50-yard freestyle, freshman David Lee was unable to match his season-best time from the morning preliminaries, but he placed eighth in 22.53. His morning time (22.23) vaulted him into third-place all-time at Whitman.

Two Whitman swimmers, Alexander and sophomore Ysbrand Nusse, won their consolation finals in their events, placing ninth.

Alexander sliced nearly nine seconds off her morning time in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a 5:23.56 time that would have placed her sixth had she been swimming in the championship finals. Kendi Thomas, a Missionary first-year swimmer, was right behind Alexander, placing 10th in a season-best 5:27.61. Junior Mara Abbott was 11th in 5:27.72 and first-year teammate Chelsea Klinger was 14th in 5:35.38.

Alexander's time moves her into fourth on Whitman's all-time list of best times for the 500 free. Thomas now sits in the 10th spot on the Missionary best-times list.

Nusse posted a season-best 4:59.85 in placing ninth in the men's 500-yard freestyle. Had Nusse clocked that time in the championship final, he would have placed seventh. Senior Robert Street also swam in the consolation finals, placing 15th in 5:19.65.

Collier, Molnar and Lee teamed with freshman George Stanton to place third in the men's 400-yard medley relay in 3:43.73. Nusse joined with Stanton, Collier and Lee to finish fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the women's 200-yard freestyle, Pettersen, Krupp, Klinger and Thomas were sixth in 1:44.30, finishing less than one second out of third place.

Evening Finals


Northwest Conference Championships

Morning Preliminaries; Saturday, Feb. 10
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool; Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

Junior Erin Pettersen and sophomore Ysbrand Nusse posted the second-best times in the preliminaries of their events Saturday morning to lead a group of nine Missionary swimmers into the tonight's championship finals as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships continue at Whitman's new Paul and Louise Harvey Pool.

Nusse and freshman teammate Eric Molnar finished second and third in the men's 400-yard individual medley. Nusse, who ranks second all-time at Whitman in the event with a career-best 4:16.37, swam Saturday's preliminary in 4:22.94. Molnar was close behind with a time of 4:23.73, which moves him into fifth place all-time at Whitman. Linfield's Kevin Caple had the top preliminary time (4:14.12).

Pettersen swam the morning's second-best time in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing just eight-tenths off her school record time of 1:00.42. Whitworth's Samantha Kephart, the defending NCAA Div. III national champion in the event, swam a 56.67 to top the morning qualifiers.

Missionary senior Nora Feeney qualified for tonight's championship finals in two events. She knocked more than two seconds off her career-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing third in the preliminaries in 1:09.53. She just missed moving past Abby Hulme (1994, 1:09.47) into second place on Whitman's all-time list for the event. Alexis Jinbo-Doran, who graduated last spring, holds the Whitman school record at 1:08.40.

Feeney added a fourth-place showing in the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley. Her time was 4:50.71, just eight one-hundreths of a second off her career-best time. Alexis Krupp, also a senior, posted the morning's fifth-best time in the 400 IM at 4:53.74. Krupp's career-best time is 4:44.99.

Nancy Alexander, a Whitman junior, heads to the finals of the 100-yard backstroke after clocking a 1:01.99, the morning's fourth-best time. She holds the Whitman school record at 1:00.05.

Whitman junior Clint Collier made a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fourth in the preliminaries in 1:00.86. That moves him from fourth to second all-time at Whitman. Scott Daukas set the school record in 1995 1:00.53.

Justin Hampton, a Missionary sophomore, made the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, finishing seventh in the preliminaries in 55.23. Freshman George Stanton slipped into the finals of 100-yard backstroke, recording the eighth-best morning time (56.85). That moves Stanton into eighth-place on Whitman's top 10 list for that event.

Seven Missionary swimmers qualified for tonight's consolation finals, which is for competitors who placed between ninth and 16th in the preliminaries of their events.

Kendi Thomas, a first-year swimmer, just missed the championship finals in the 200-yard freestyle. She swam a season-best 2:03.99, the morning's ninth-best time.

Chelsea Klinger, also a first-year swimmer, made the consolation finals in two events. She was 10th in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:04.36 and 15th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.99.

Other Whitman women qualifying for consolation finals were junior Mara Abbott in the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best 5:08.73; senior Erica Sorensen in the 100-yard backstroke in a season-best 1:06.22; and first-year competitor Jessie Neill in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:12.96.

Elizabeth Roberson, a junior, swam a 2:06.28 exhibition time in the 200-yard freestyle that would have moved her into the consolation finals for that event. A mix-up in meet entries on Friday, however, means Roberson can swim exhibition times only during the meet.

On the men's side, freshman David Lee heads to the consolation finals in the 200-yard freestyle after swimming a 1:52.59 in the preliminaries, the morning's 12-best time. Freshman Nick Hurlburt was 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 1:05.93.

A handful of Whitman swimmers just missed the consolation finals despite clocking season-best times. Freshman Kevin McCoy had the 17th-best time (1:11.34) in the 100-yard backstroke. Finishing in the 18th spot were senior Danielle Alvarado in the 100-yard butterfly (1:19.78), senior Erin Phillips in the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.33) and first-year swimmer Sidney Kohls (1:24.85).

Fiona Taggart, a sophomore, placed 26th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:15.94. Alvarado was 28th in 1:19.22.

Morning Preliminaries


Northwest Conference Championships

Evening Finals; Saturday, Feb. 10
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool; Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

There were no individual event titles for the Whitman swim teams at Saturday's Northwest Conference Championships, but the Missionaries came awfully close in a number of cases. Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse placed second for the Missionary men in the 400-yard individual medley, and senior Nora Feeney was the runner-up in the women's 100-yard breaststroke and third-place finisher in the 400-yard individual medley.

Junior Erin Pettersen lowered her school record in placing third in the 100-yard butterfly. Freshman Eric Molnar finished third in his event, placing right behind Nusse in the 400-yard individual medley.

Meanwhile, both Missionary teams held their ground in the team scoring as day two of the championship meet concluded.

The Whitman women are in fourth place with 269 points, two points in front of Linfield and 19 points in back of third-place Lewis & Clark. The Puget Sound and Whitworth women are well out in front with 476 and 424 points, respectively.

With 247 points, the Whitman men were tied with Pacific Lutheran for fourth place. Linfield was in first with 413 points, followed by Whitworth with 396 and Puget Sound with 393.

Finishing second in the 400-yard medley for a second consecutive year, Nusse was clocked in a season-best 4:20.06. Linfield's Kevin Caple won the race in 4:15.53. Molnar took third in 4:24.17.

Feeney swam a career-best 1:08.87 in placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Puget Sound's Amy Polansky won the event for a second consecutive year with a time of 1:06.83. Feeney's time moves her from third to second on Whitman's top 10 list of best times for that event. She missed setting a new school record by less than four-tenths of a second.

Feeney also posted a career-best time in placing third in the 400-yard individual medley. Her time was 4:47.81, which keeps her in fifth place on Whitman's all-time list.

Pettersen's third-place time (1:00.28) in the 100-yard butterfly trimmed 14 one-hundredths of a second off her school record.

Nancy Alexander, a junior, gave the Missionaries a fourth-place finish in 100-yard backstroke with a season-best 1:01.33. Senior Alexis Krupp also had a season-best time (4:50.65) in placing sixth in the 400-yard individual medley.

Junior Clint Collier in the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Justin Hampton in the 100-yard butterfly placed seventh for the Whitman men. Collier's time (1:01.74) was about one second off his effort in the morning preliminaries, which moved him into second place all-time at Whitman for that event. Hampton's time was a season-best.

George Stanton, a Missionary freshman, finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.24. He cracked Whitman's top 10 in the preliminaries, moving into eighth place with a time of 56.85.

Chelsea Klinger and David Lee, two more first-year swimmers, provided Whitman highlights in Saturday's consolation finals. Klinger won her final, placing ninth overall, in 4:55.06, which moves her into seventh place on Whitman's top 10 list. Lee won his consolation final in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48:00, a time that would have placed him fourth had he been racing in the championship final. His time moves him from eighth to seventh on Whitman's top 10 list.

First-year swimmer Kendi Thomas placed 12th, one spot in front of Klinger, in the 200-yard freestyle. Their times were nearly identical -- 2:04.84 and 2:04.85. Also placing for the Missionary women were junior Mara Abbott, who was 14th in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:08.89, and first-year swimmer Jessie Neill, who finished 15th in 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 1:10.26.

Freshman Nick Hurlburt finished 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.19, a season-best effort.

Evening Finals


Northwest Conference Championships

Morning Preliminaries; Sunday, Feb. 11
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool; Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

With Nora Feeney placing second, the Whitman women's swim team made a huge splash in the Sunday morning preliminaries of 200-yard breaststroke at the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at Whitman's new Paul and Louise Harvey Pool.

Feeney, a senior, swam a career-best 2:28.69 as she and four of her teammates advanced into tonight's championship or consolation finals. Seniors Alexis Krupp and Erica Sorensen also made the championship heat with career-best times. Krupp was clocked in 2:38.68, the morning's sixth-best time, while Sorensen was seventh in 2:42.61.

Feeney was just seven-tenths of a second off the Whitman school record, set in 2004 by Alexis Jinbo-Doran. And while Feeney remains second all-time at Whitman, Krupp's preliminary time moves her into ninth place on Whitman's top 10 list.

Sophomore Rhea Edelman and senior Lisa Doane made the consolation finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. Edelman advances in 13th place after swimming a season-best 2:49.56 in the preliminaries. Doane picked off the 16th and last spot with a time of 2:55.27, also a season-best effort.

In addition to Feeney, Krupp and Sorensen, six other Missionaries qualified Sunday morning for tonight's championships races.

Freshman David Lee turned some heads in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle, winning his heat in a season-best 48.49, which turned out to be the morning's third-best time. His time also moves him from seventh to third on Whitman's top 10 list for that event.

Eric Molnar, another Missionary freshman, posted the morning's third-best effort in the 200-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 2:03.08. Sophomore Justin Hampton also made the event's championship finals with a season-best time, advancing as the sixth seed in 2:08.67. Molnar's time moves him to sixth place on Whitman's top 10 list. Hampton already sits in third place on that list, based on his best time from last season.

Sophomore Ysbrand Nusse is a third Missionary advancing to the finals with the morning's third-best time in his event. Competing in the 200-yard breaststroke, Nusse swam a 1:59.91, which came within a half second of his career-best time from a year ago.

Junior Erin Pettersen was third in the morning preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:14.90. Nancy Alexander, also a junior, heads to the finals of the 200-yard backstroke after swimming a 2:14.87, the fifth-best preliminary time.

Junior Clint Collier made the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, advancing as the seventh seed with a career-best time of 2:18.25. That moves him from seventh to fourth on Whitman's top 10 list for that event.

In addition to the already mentioned Edelman and Sorensen in the 200-yard breaststroke, Missionary swimmers will swim tonight in the consolation finals (9th-16th) of several other events. Sorensen, in fact, qualified in a second event, the 200-yard backstroke, with a season-best time of 2:22.27, the morning's 11th-best time.

Freshman George Stanton also made the consolation finals in two events. He just missed the championship finals of the 200-yard backstroke, placing ninth in the preliminaries with a season-best 2:07.30. That time moves him into eighth place on Whitman's top 10.

Stanton had the morning's 10th-best time (2:23.20) in the 200-yard breaststroke. Senior Robert Street will join Stanton in the consolation finals of that event after swimming a season-best 2:35.18 to fill the 16th and last spot.

Kendi Thomas, a first-year swimmer, registered the morning's 12th-best time (58.44) in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophomore Max Hennings swam a 2:18.35 and heads to the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly in 12th place. Both swimmers had season-best times.

Senior Danielle Alvarado also slipped into the consolation finals, posting a season-best time of 2:58.17 to nab the 16th spot in the 200-yard butterfly.

First-year swimmer Jessie just missed the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle, placing 17th with a season-best 1:01.10. Others competing in that event for Whitman were first-year swimmer Sidney Kohls, who was 20th in a season-best 1:02.79, and sophomore Fiona Taggart, who was swimming the event for the first time this season and placed 23rd in 1:04.63.

Despite season-best efforts, freshmen Nick Hurlburt and Kevin McCoy missed the finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Hurlburt had the morning's 18th-best time (53.23) while McCoy was 19th (58.38).

Following the morning preliminaries, the finals of the men's and women's 1,650-yard freestyle began with a number of heats. Swimmers entered in the event with the top eight men's times and top eight women's times will in the first events of tonight's final session, which gets underway at 5 p.m.

Whitman junior Mara Abbott will swim in tonight's final heat of the women's 1,650-yard freestyle. Abbott, who studied in Mexico during the fall semester, has a best time this season of 18:58.61. Her time is the fourth fastest among the women.

Whitman senior Robert Street had the second-best time (18:24.81) in the afternoon heats of the men's 1,650-yard freestle. Sophomore Max Hennings was sixth in 19:19.90. Both were season-best efforts. Linfield's Loren Klemz posted the top afternoon time at 18:11.48.

Missionary senior Erin Phillips posted the afternoon's fifth-best time (19:46.01)in the women's 1650. She finished less than two seconds out of third place. Puget Sound's Elizabeth MacAfee set the afternoon's top time at 18:50.49.

The top eight men and top eight women in the 1,650-yard freestyle will not be decided until after tonight's final two heats. The top eight times can come from either the afternoon or evening heats.

Morning Preliminaries


Northwest Conference Championships

Evening Finals; Sunday, Feb. 11
Paul and Louise Harvey Pool;
Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

Whitman's Nancy Alexander provided the home crowd with a thrilling moment to remember Sunday night as the 2007 Northwest Conference Swimming Championships came to a close in the new Paul and Louise Harvey Pool in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

Alexander, a junior and the defending NWC champion in the 200-yard backstroke, had plenty of competition in Sunday's finals. Earlier in the day, in fact, she posted only the fifth best time in the morning preliminaries.

Not to worry. With her Whitman teammates, coaches and fans roaring, Alexander quickly pulled into the lead and never faltered, posting a winning time of 2:09.31. She missed her Whitman school record by seven-tenths of a second, but her time met the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Div. III National Championships.

Alexander's triumph was one of many Missionary highlights Sunday. The women's squad, in fourth place in the team scoring to start the day, rallied behind Alexander, Nora Feeney, Erin Pettersen and Mara Abbott to overtake Lewis & Clark and finish third in the eight-school field with 407 points, edging both Lewis & Clark (400) and Linfield (393).

The Missionary men, tied with Pacific Lutheran for fourth place at the start of the day, got strong performances from several swimmers to claim the fourth spot with 377 spots, beating the Lutes by 16 points at the end of the day.

Feeney, a senior, led a huge Whitman charge in the women's 200-yard breaststroke, placing second and setting a new school record with a time of 2:27.34. Her time also meet the provisional qualifying standard for the national championships.

Two of Feeney's senior teammates also qualified for the meet's championship finals in 200-yard breaststroke. Alexis Krupp placed sixth in a season-best 2:38.11 and Erica Sorensen was eighth in 2:43.37. In the event's consolation finals, the Missionaries picked up more points with sophomore Rhea Edelman placing 14th overall in a season-best 2:49.29 and senior Lisa Doane finishing 16th in 2:57.15.

Pettersen and Abbott, two juniors, placed third and fourth, respectively, in their events. Pettersen swam a season-best 2:12.44 in the 200-yard butterfly. Abbott, who missed fall semester training and swim meets while on foreign study in Mexico, finished the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:29.1, slicing nearly 30 seconds off her season-best time.

In the men's meet, freshman Eric Molnar placed third in the 200-yard butterfly and sophomore Ysbrand Nusse was fourth in the 200-yard backstroke to pace the Missionaries. Molnar's time, 2:02.78, moves him into fifth place on Whitman's top 10 list of best times for that event. Nusse's time was 2:00.33.

Sophomore Justin Hampton also swam in the 200-yard butterfly finals, placing fifth in a season-best 2:06.73. Freshman David Lee gave Whitman a second fifth-place showing with his 48.81 effort in the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Clint Collier added an eighth-place finish in the championship finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 2:19.52.

Freshman George Stanton sparked the Missionaries with gutty performances in two consolation finals. He won the consolation heat in the 200-yard backstroke, placing ninth overall in 2:05.42, a time that moves him into sixth place on Whitman's top 10 list. Stanton nearly won the 200-yard breaststroke consolation final as well, placing 10th overall in 2:22.71.

Senior Robert Street and sophomore Max Hennings placed in the 1,650-yard freestyle and swam in one consolation final each. Street was 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a season-best 18:24.81 and 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.47. Hennings swam season-best times in placing 14th in both the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:19.90) and 200-yard butterfly (2:16.17).

Kendi Thomas, a first-year swimmer, made the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle, placing 12th in a season-best 57.91. Erica Sorensen, in addition to her eighth-placing showing in the 200-yard breaststroke, added a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:22.96).

Danielle Alvarado, a senior, wrapped up her college career by placing 16th in the 200-yard butterfly in 3:04.33.

In Sunday's final events, the 400-yard freestyle relays, Whitman was fourth in the men's race and fifth in the women's event. Lee, Molnar, Collier and Nusse swam for the men, who finished in 3:19.15, losing third place to Whitworth by three one-hundredths of a second. Pettersen, Thomas, Alexander and Krupp were clocked in 3:47.10.

Evening Results & Final Team Scores