Whitman Athletics: February 2012 Update

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 Greetings from Whitman College Athletics!

Athletics Director
Dean Snider Updates
Basketball, Swimming;
Looks Ahead to Spring

Dear W Club Members - Our basketball and swim teams are continuing to enjoy strong seasons as we get ready to flip the calendar from January to February.

Dean Snider

In addition, our baseball, tennis and golf teams are gearing up for what promises to be successful spring seasons.

As many of you probably know, our two basketball teams capped the first half of the Northwest Conference season last week with impressive road victories over Whitworth and Willamette.

Both Missionary teams are 6-2 in NWC play and on track for the post-season conference playoffs.

With an assist from six-year-old Marie Plowman, the women's basketball team and coach Michelle Ferenz rallied past Whitworth in Spokane early last week and then extended their winning streak to seven with a dominating performance at Willamette.

Marie Plowman

The men's team and coach Eric Bridgeland followed the same formula. After mounting a determined comeback to beat Whitworth in Spokane for the first time since 1986, they won a fifth straight game by a wide margin at Willamette.

Based on his stellar play in the two games, senior forward David Michaels was named NWC Student Athlete of the Week for men's basketball for the second time this season.

Sophomore Ben Eisenhardt won the same award in mid-January after a strong weekend in which he had 28 points, six rebounds and four assists against Linfield.

To read about results of any of Whitman's games this season, please check the schedule links on our webpages for women's basketball and men's basketball.

David Michaels

The swim teams and coach Jenn Blomme have also had superlative seasons thus far this winter.

Both the women's and men's teams are 4-0 in NWC dual meets and conclude the regular season this Saturday with a double-dual meet against Puget Sound and Whitworth in Spokane.

On the men's side, junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton and freshman Karl Mering have re-written a good portion of the school record book in their first few months as Missionaries.

Sollom-Brotherton has already broken school records in four events while Mering has done so in three other races.

The two newcomers also teamed with junior Paul Chang and freshman Nic Win to post a new school standard in the 400-yard medley.

On the women's side, junior Helen Jenne set a new school record in the 100-yard freestyle.

Junior Katie Chapman, the top women's swimmer at the 2011 NWC Championships, was named NWC Student Athlete of the Week in early December.

Karl Mering

Mering picked off the same award that same week for men's swimming.

Mering then won the award a second time this season in mid-January.

Once Saturday's double-dual is over, the swim teams start their taper for the 2012 NWC Championships, set for Feb. 10-12 at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

For more information (rosters, schedules, etc.), please click here for the swim team webpage.

Spring Sports at Hand: Baseball, Tennis & Golf

Conor Holton-Burke
Tennis in Hawaii

With their sights set on a fifth consecutive NWC title, the men's tennis team and coach Jeff Northam got an early jump on the season by taking a week-long training trip to Hawaii in early January.

While in Hawaii, the Whitman men split a pair of matches against higher division schools, starting with a 5-4 victory over the University of Hawaii Pacific (NCAA DII).

They also dropped a close decision to Gonzaga (NCAA DI).

The men's team returns to action this Saturday (Jan. 28) with a match against Eastern Washington (NCAA DI) in Cheney. Please check the men's tennis webpage for more information, including a complete schedule and roster.

Meanwhile, women's tennis coach John Hein is ready to unleash the strongest roster of his four-year tenure on the rest of the conference.

Stay tuned for a season preview on women's tennis, which starts its season with a Feb. 12 match in Lewiston, Idaho, against Lewis-Clark State. For now, check the women's tennis webpage for more information.

The men's baseball team and coach Jared Holowaty also get started in Idaho with Feb. 11-12 games at the College of Idaho.

After a four-game trip to Arizona, the Missionary baseball club returns to Borleske Stadium for what promises to be an entertaining four-game set (Feb. 24-26) against Eastern Connecticut State and its legendary coach Bill Holowaty (Jared's dad).

The elder Holowaty, starting his 43rd season at Eastern Connecticut, is the only active coach at any level of NCAA baseball to have led his school to as many as four national titles.

Whitman's Katie Zajicek

As with women's tennis, stay tuned for a season preview on the men's baseball team. For now, check the baseball webpage for more information.

The resurgent Whitman golf teams are also ready to challenge for the top spots in the NWC this spring. Look for the women's team (coach Skip Molitor) and men's team (coach Peter McClure) to play their first competitive rounds in March.

Sophomore Katie Zajicek won a pair of NWC weekly awards last fall while freshman Scott Martin shot 71 and led the men to a third-place finish at the NWC Fall Classic.


Dean Snider
Athletic Director
Whitman College
509-527-5288 (o)