Whit Swimmers Complete Weekend Sweep With Wins Over Willamette
News Release Date:
Saturday, November 3
WALLA WALLA — Whitman College’s men’s and women’s swim teams dominated a Northwest Conference rival for the second straight day Saturday at Harvey Pool.
The Missionaries’ men’s team swamped visiting Willamette University 160-40 and the women’s team prevailed 146-55.
On Friday, the men’s team defeated Linfield 140-62 and the women came out on top 127-78 in the first NWC duals of the season.
Helen Jenne, Sr.
“With the exception of the men’s 200-meter freestyle, Whitman finished first — and often second and even third — in every event,” Whitman coach Jennifer Blomme said. “Willamette’s team is growing and we knew they would have some new, strong swimmers on their roster, but after the first few events it became evident points weren’t going to be the issue.
“At that point a team has a choice to just do the bare minimum to win the meet, or to focus in and swim races to the best of our ability. I am really proud that in most case, we were able to do the latter.”
Two Whitman women — Cameo Hlebasko and Genay Pilerowski — won two individual events each against the Bearcats.
Hlebasko finished first in the 50 freestyle in 25.55 seconds and paced the field in the 200 backstroke in 2:12.29. Pilerowski finished first in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:22.29 and won the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.40.
Hlebasko also swam the first leg on Whitman’s victorious 400 medley relay. She and Kendra Clinton, Elise Tinseth and Helen Jenne clocked a 2:11.04 winning time.
Clinton and Jenne were also individual winners. Clinton was first in the 200 butterfly in 2:20.03 and Jenne won 100 freestyle in 55.80.
Other individual winners on the women’s team were Ashley Jay in the 1,000 freestyle (11:24.12) and Charlotte Graham in the 200 freestyle (2:02.64).
And the quartet of Jay, Clinton, Graham and Libby Arnosti finished first in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:48.43.
On the men’s side, Karl Mering won the 200 butterfly in 1:55.24 and swam legs on two Whitman winning relay teams.
Paul Chang, Sr.
Mering, Galen Sollom-Brotherton, Will Erickson and Nick Webster teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:20.13. And Mering, Shunei Asao, Paul Chang and Sam Starr stroked to victory in the 400 medley relay in 3:35.63.
Sollom-Brotherton added an individual victory in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.55. Asao was victorious in the 50 freestyle in 22.31. Erickson took the 200 backstroke in 2:02.60. And Chang was first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.12.
Other Whitman individual wins were recorded by Alex Griffey in the 200 freestyle (1:49.70), Nic Win in the 200 individual medley (2:02.24) and Kevin O’Leary in the 100 freestyle (49.88).
“This was the first time this season that we saw the longer events: 200s of stroke, 400 IM, the 1,000 and 1,650,” Blomme said. “We still have lots of work to do to improve our endurance in these events, but I am very pleased with how we swam this weekend given how early it is in the season.”
Whitman College heads to Oregon’s Willamette Valley this coming weekend. The Missionaries face Lewis & Clark Friday in a dual meet in Portland and Pacific University Saturday in Forest Grove.