School and Meet Records Set by Whitman Swimmers in Day 2 NWC Prelims
Federal Way, Wash. – The morning session of Day 2 at the Northwest Conference Championships saw Whitman swimmers Paul Chang, Claire Collins, and Genay Pilarowski set school records in qualifying for the A finals in the 100 Breaststroke, and Karl Mering break the meet and conference record in the 100 butterfly.
Pilarowski recorded a time of 1:06.19 in the morning prelim, breaking the school record and posting a B cut time for NCAA’s, but in the very next heat, teammate, Collins, swam a new school-best 1:05.23, qualifying for the NCAA’s and recording the second fastest time of the meet.
Chang touched the wall in 57.87 which was the top time in qualifying. Nick Wechter made the A Final, also, with a seventh-place finish. Robby Dorn and Kevin Wallin finished ninth and eleventh to make the B final, providing a potential point gorging in tonight’s races in the breastroke.
Both Galen Sollom-Brotheron and Dane Kawamoto qualified for tonight’s A final in the 400 IM, Sollom-Brotherton with the meet’s fastest prelim time of 4:07.29 and Kawamoto with the eighth (4:19.73).
Mering set a new conference and meet record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.04, which is, also, an NCAA A cut time. In the Men’s 200 free Kevin O’Leary qualified for tonight’s A final with a time of 1:44.68, seventh best in the morning swims.
Cameo Hlebasko and Keller Hawkins posted A final qualifying times in the Women’s 100 backstroke, placing fifth and eighth in the morning heats.
Nic Win and Sam Starr also will swim tonight’s backstroke A finals, touching third and fourth in qualifying with respective times of 52.92 and 52.93.
Tonight’s session, which begins at 6 pm at the King County Aquatics Center, will include team relay finals in the 200 medley and the 800 free.
For complete NWC Swimming Championship results and schedules, you can click http://livestats.willamette.edu/live/nwc/swimming/#
Whitman Sports Information Director