Swim teams topple Pioneers

News Release Date:
Friday, November 9


Whitman vs. Lewis and Clark (away)

PORTLAND, OR— After a weekend of dominance at home, the Whitman men’s and women’s swim teams continued their winning streak on the road in a dual meet against Lewis and Clark Friday, November 9th. The men cruised to a 156-43 victory and the women outlasted their counterparts 113-92. Both teams are now 3-0 in the conference.

Kevin Dyer, Jr.

In the first event of the meet, the 200 medley team of Will Erickson ‘16, Nick Wechter ‘16, Nic Win ‘15 and Shunei Asao ‘14 outtouched their Lewis and Clark competitors by .3 seconds with a time of 1:42.34. Andrew Roehrig ‘13, Kevin Wallin ‘16, Yohan Mahoney ’15 and Jake Gavin ’16 finished third with a time of 1:47.89.

On the women’s side, Cameo Hlebasko ‘16, Claire Collins ‘14, Genay Pilarowski ‘13, Sara Behrens ’13 finished second at (1:54.46) and Rebecca Ryle ‘13, Teylor Greff ‘16, Tazi Flory ‘16, Jo Brunner ‘16 were third (1:55.47).

In the first individual event of the meet, Ashley Jay ’15 outlasted her competition in the mile to place first in a 18:47.34, less than a minute off of the 18 year-old record. On the men’s side Galen Sollom-Brotherton ’13 swam to an easy victory (16:58.74) and freshman Sam Starr, swimming the event for the first time, finished third with a 18:16.75. Senior Tyler Hurburt placed 4th (21:43.65).

In the 200 freestyle, freshman Kendra Clinton pulled past her opponent in the final lap to finish first. Her time of 2:01.68 puts her 10th on Whitman’s All-Time Top 10 in that event. Senior Libby Arnosti finished third (2:04.76) and Claire Collins ’14 was fifth (2:07.00). Karl Mehring ’15 crushed the competition on the men’s side with a 1:45.27. Teammate Kevin Dyer ’13 swam to second (1:51.02), edging out the third place competitor by .04 second.

The Whitman men dominated the 50 free claiming the top three spots. Senior Paul Chang finished first with a time of 22.80 followed by freshmen Will Erickson and Loic  McGiverin-Odeide at 23.31 and 23.99 respectively. Helen Jenne ’13 and Jennifer Tornay ‘16 were third and fourth for the women (25.62 and 26.62).

Claire Collins, Jr.

In the 400 IM Elise Tinseth ‘16 (4:59.01) held off two Lewis and Clark swimmers who finished .4 and .5 seconds behind her. Jo Brunner ’16 finished fourth (5:09.57). Freshman Nick Wechter swam to a first place finish (4:35.00) and sophomore Yohan Mahoney was third with a 4:46.80.

Trailing Lewis and Clark by three points going into the 100 butterfly, Whitman women Clinton and teammate Mel Notari ’12 did what they needed to do, finishing one-two at 1:01.31 and 1:02.57 respectively. The Whitman men followed suit, Mehring and Nic Win claiming the top two spots. Mehring, who holds the Whitman record in the event, swam a 51.90 and Win swam a 54.52.

Lewis and Clark women’s team struck back in the 50 free, Pioneer Rachel Cazden claiming first. Jenne was second with a 55.97. In the same event, the men finished first and second, Sollom-Brotherton at 48.75 and Kevin O’Leary at 50.42.

Freshman Cameo Hlebasko easily claimed the 100 back with a speedy 1:00.06. The time moves her into the third slot on the event’s All-Time Top 10 list. The Whitman men dominated the 100 backstroke with a 1-2-3 finish in the event. Freshman Starr swam a 54.36, sliding into sixth on the All-Time Top 10 list. Fellow freshman Erickson was second (55.59) and Shunei Asao ‘14 finished third (57.16).

In the 500 freestyle, Clinton claimed second (5:36.95) and senior Libby Arnosti took third (5:38.00). Dyer won for the men in 5:17.60 and senior Andrew Roehrig finished third (5:39.12).

Trailing Lewis and Clark by five points going into the last two events, the Whitman women went 1-2-3 in the 100 breaststroke to regain the lead. Genay Pilarwoski led the charge with a 1:08.18, Collins finished second at 1:10.32 and Tinseth pulled into third with a 1:11.89. That time moves her into seventh All-Time on Whitman’s Top 10. For the men, Chang outswam his Pioneer competitor with a 1:00.18. Lewis and Clark’s Tyler Moody set a school record with his time of 1:00.58. Chang’s win completed a clean sweep for the Whitman men, who won every individual event of the meet. Wechter placed third (1:04.54) and Robby Dorn was fifth (1:05.32).

In the 200 Freestyle relay, the team of Jeane, Tornay, Behrens and Hlebasko claimed a clear victory (1:42.73) as teammates Tinseth, Aquirre-Clayshulte, Jay and Arnosti swam to a solid second (1:46.65) to conclude an exciting women’s meet. The men also went 1-2 with Mehring, Chang, Asao and Sollom-Brotherton finishing first in 1:29.75 and Starr, Win, Dyer and O’Leary claiming second (1:32.11).

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Tomorrow the Whitman teams heads to Forest Grove to face the Pacific teams. The meet begins at 2:00 p.m.