Swimmers Make Strong Showing at Cal Lu

News Release Date:
Wednesday, January 14

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College swim teams capped an intensive week of training in southern California with a strong showing at Wednesday morning's California Lutheran University Relay Meet in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Eric Molnar
Jamie Nusse

The Whitman men's squad placed second in the four-way meet with 346 points, just 18 points behind the winner, Puget Sound. The Cal Lutheran men were third with 250 points and Lewis & Clark College fourth with 180.

The team scores were particularly close on the women's side. Puget Sound was first with 352 points, edging second-place Lewis & Clark by a scant six points. Whitman was third with 332 points followed by Cal Lutheran with 320.

The Whitman men showcased their talented depth by placing second and third in two different events.

In the three-man 150-yard backstroke, sophomore Jamie Nusse, junior Eric Molnar and senior Colin Gibson placed second in 1:19.82. A second Missionary trio -- senior Noel Sollom-Brotheron, junior George Stanton and sophomore Chad Trexler -- took third in 1:22.72.

In the four-man 500-yard freestyle (200-150-100-50), Nusse teamed with his older brother, senior Ysbrand Nusse, and two freshmen, Mitchell Lee and Chris Bendix, to finish second in 4:24.02. Sollom-Brotherton and Gibson, along with sophomore Nate Wells and freshman Matt Rowett, took third in 4:31.84.

The Missionary men picked off one other second-place finish. In the 150-yard breaststroke, it was Lee teaming with junior Nick Hurlburt and sophomore Nick Wood for a second-place time of 1:28.56.

Jessie Neill
Chelsea Klinger

The Whitman women just missed a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Jessie Neill and three of her first-year teammates -- Katie Tackman, Lena Page and Sylvie Luiten -- took third with a time of 5:06.05. They missed second by less than three-tenths of a second.

Neill also shared a third-place effort in the 400-yard individual medley, posting a time of 4:39.92 with senior Courtney Fitzpatrick, sophomore Lauren Flynn and first-year swimmer Linnea Scott.

Scott was part of a third third-place peformance for the Whitman women. She teamed with junior Chelsea Klinger and another first-year swimmer, Becca Young, to take third in 1:35.37.

Whitman returns home to host a pair of Northwest Conference dual meets this weekend in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center's Paul Harvey Pool. The Missionaries battle Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m. Friday and Willamette University at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu