NWC Names Graham Swimmer of Week

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- First-year swimmer Charlotte Graham, who helped the Whitman College women's team run its Northwest Conference dual meet record to 5-0 last weekend, has been named NWC Student Athlete of the Week for women's swimming.

In Friday's 125-80 victory over Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., Graham placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.14) and 500-yard freestyle (5:22.66).

    Charlotte Graham

She also swam the anchor leg on Whitman's winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. She teamed with junior Lauren Flynn and two more first-year Missionaries -- Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne -- for a first-place time of 3:50.07.

In Saturday's lopsided 146-50 triumph over Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Graham won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.70 and placed second to Jenne in the 50-yard freestyle.

She also swam the opening leg on Whitman's victorious 200-yard medley relay team, which clocked a time of 2:00.39. Joining Graham in that relay were Flynn, sophomore Monica Boshart and first-year Missionary Sara Behrens

Earlier last week, Whitman swimmers capped a week-long training session in southern California with a strong showing at the Cal Lutheran Relays in Thousand Oaks. Graham, Flynn and Jenne placed second in the 150-yard freestyle relay, missing the top spot by just four-tenths of a second. The same three swimmers, along with first-year teammate Libby Arnosti, also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle relay.

Graham, a graduate of Mercer Island (Wash.) High School, has won 10 individual events in Whitman's six dual meets this season. She has also shared in eight relay victories.

In one early season victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Graham teamed with Flynn, Chapman and Jenne to break a school record that had stood for 17 years. The same quartet also set a new school record that same weekend in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Graham's best time this season in the 100-yard backstroke ranks her second on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event. Her time was about two seconds off the school record set in 2006 by Nancy Alexander

Graham has also climbed to fourth place all-time at Whitman in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events and to fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle.

With its two dual victories last weekend, the Whitman women's team is 5-0 to start an NWC dual meet season (6-0 overall) for the first time in program history. The Whitman men's team is also off to starts of 5-0 and 6-0 for the first time ever.

Swimming has been a varsity sport at Whitman since 1969. The 1984-85 women's team started 4-0 against conference competition before losing its first dual meet decision. The men's team that season tied its first conference opponent and then won its next three dual meets before losing.

Whitman has two NWC dual meets left in the regular season, starting at 3 p.m. this Saturday against Whitworth in the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

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