Promising Opening Morning for Whitman at NWC Swimming Championships
Federal Way, Wash. – The Whitman Swim team had an auspicious opening morning at the Northwest Conference Championships, highlighted by Nic Win (So., Bothell, WA) setting a school record in the 200 Individual Medley preliminary, and Galen Sollom-Brotherton (Sr., Dublin, CA) and Karl Mering (So., Boise, ID) swimming the fastest times in their respective preliminary races, the 500 freestyle and the 50 free.
The Women swam well as a team, as well as the rest of the Men’s squad, to set them up for strong point totals in tonight’s finals.
Win broke the Whitman record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.04, good for third spot after the preliminaries. Pacific’s Michael Hargitt posted the fastest time at 1:55.69. Missionary Nick Wechter (Fr., Pittsburgh, PA) posted the sixth fastest time at 1:58.02 to qualify for tonight’s finals.
Sollom-Brotherton touched the wall in 4:35.32 for the 500 and Mering clocked in at 20.93 in the 50 free. Sam Starr (Fr., Sonoma, CA) qualified for tonight’s finals with a time of 21.47 – the day’s fifth fastest.
On the Women’s side, Claire Collins (Jr., Burlingame, CA) swam a third-fastest time of 2:10.23 in the 200 IM and Ashley Jay (So., Brier, WA) took eighth in the 500 free (5:18.28). Helen Jenne (Sr., Shoreline, WA) recorded the eighth best time in the 50 free (25.00).
Tonight’s action includes the finals in all of today’s individual prelims, plus, relay finals. For complete meet results and race schedules you can visit the NWC Championship Meet website at http://livestats.willamette.edu/live/nwc/swimming/#.
Whitman Sports Information Director