Whitman's Sollom-Brotherton Swims to All-American Honors
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 24
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton stroked his way to First-Team All-American honors in Saturday's final session of the NCAA Division III National Swim Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sollom-Brotherton placed eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:48.84, edging Joseph Guilfoyle (Kenyon College) by three one-hundredths of a second.
Sollom-Brotherton, who was swimming this week after a six-week competitive layoff, was unable to match the Northwest Conference record (15:35.53) he set in winning that event at the conference championships in early February.
"Galen had a little trouble getting going tonight, but he still finished eighth and is an All-American in his first trip to the national championships," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "I am so proud of him."
Denison's Adam Weik won Saturday's 1,650-yard freestyle race by a wide margin with a time of 15:04.85, breaking his own NCAA DIII record. Drew Ledwith (Keene State) was second in 15:18.70 while Wesley Elford (Stevens) took third in 15:26.79.
Earlier in the week, Sollom-Brotherton placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors. Freshman teammate Karl Mering also earned Honorable Mention recognition by placing ninth in Friday's 200-yard butterfly.
Between them, Sollom-Brotherton and Mering scored 27 team points, which had Whitman in 25th place in the team scoring early in Saturday's final evening session.
Sollom-Brotherton and Mering are the first members of the Whitman men's swim team to qualify for NCAA DIII nationals. Whitman shifted it athletic affiliation from the NAIA to the NCAA in the late 1990s.
The two swimmers played key roles in February as the Whitman men's team finished second at the NWC Championships for the first time in school history.
Sollom-Brotherton won all three of his individual events at the conference meet and was named its most outstanding male swimmer. Merging won two individual races at the conference championships.
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