Nusse Lowers Own School Record in 500

News Release Date:
Friday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In a repeat performance from opening night a year ago, Jamie Nusse set a new Whitman College school record while placing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle as day one of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships concluded at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

As was the case last year at this time, Nusse also contributed to a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Jamie Nusse

Other opening night highlights for Whitman included Eric Molnar placing second in the 200-yard individual medley and Lauren Flynn finishing in a fourth-place tie in the 50-yard freestyle relay.

Lauren Flynn

With Nusse and two teammates scoring in the championship finals (top eight) of the 500-yard freestyle, the Whitman men finished day one of the eight-school meet in third place with 118 points. Whitworth was in first with 172 points followed by Puget Sound in second with 151. Linfield and Pacific Lutheran are in the fourth and fifth spots, behind Whitman, with 79 and 72 points, respectively.

"It's exciting to see our men's team in third place, right behind the two powerhouse teams in the conference," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

Meanwhile, the Whitman women are in fourth place with 56.5 points, just ahead of Pacific and its 55 points. The top three on the women's side are Whitworth 211, Puget Sound 175.5, and Lewis & Clark 88.

Nusse, a sophomore, turned on the jets in the 500 free finals, swimming almost nine seconds faster than in the morning preliminaries to lower his school record to 4:45.63. Senior teammate Noel Sollom-Brotherton finished right behind him, placing fifth in 4:46.18, which also beat Nusse's previous mark of 4:47.30. "It was great to see both Jamie and Noel break our record in the same race," Blomme said.

A third Whitman swimmer, freshman Chris Bendix, placed eighth in a season-best 4:52.77. Sollom-Brotherton now ranks second (behind Nusse) on Whitman's top 10 best-times list for the 500 free, while Bendix moved into fourth place.

Eric Molnar

In the evening's first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Nusse teamed with older brother Ysbrand Nusse, Sollom-Brotherton and freshman Mitchell Lee to place third in 1:26.31. That lowers the school record set a year ago by the Nusses and two others. "That was a really nice swim for the men," Blomme said.

Ysbrand Nusse

Molnar, who missed the fall semester swim season while on foreign study, swam a career-best 1:58.16 in placing second in the 200-yard IM. That moves him into second-place on Whitman's top 10 list for that event. On Saturday, Molnar will defend his NWC title in the 400-yard IM.

Flynn, who broke Whitman's school record in the Friday morning preliminaries of the women's 50-yard freestyle, swam a slightly slower time (24.77) in the finals and finished in a fourth-place tie with Puget Sound's Hally Roberts. 

Ysbrand Nusse, a senior, and Mitchell posted their best-ever times in the men's 50-yard freestyle. Nusse placed seventh in 21.80, which ties him for second on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Lee won the consolation finals, placing ninth overall, in 21.86, which moves him into fourth place all-time at Whitman.

Freshmen Ian Williams and Matt Liedtke scored points in the consolation finals of the 200 IM, placing 13th and 15th, respectively. Williams swam a time slightly slower than the morning preliminaries, but Liedtke registered a season-best 2:14.95 in the finals heat.

Sophomore Nate Wells swam in the consolation finals of the 500-yard freestyle, placing 15th.

In the men's 400-yard medley relay, junior George Stanton teamed with Jamie Nusse, Sollom-Brotherton and Molnar to place fourth in 3:38.17.

In the consolation finals of the women's 500-yard freestyle, first-year Missionary Linnea Scott and junior Chelsea Klinger placed 12th and 13th, respectively with season-best times of 5:29.50 and 5:31.99. Senior Courtney Fitzpatrick was 15th (26.54) and sophomore Kate Pringle 16th (26.73) in the consolation finals of the 50-yard freestyle. 

Fitzpatrick, Pringle, Klinger and Flynn finished fourth in the women's 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.20. In the women's 400-yard medley relay, Fitzpatrick and Flynn joined junior Kendi Thomas and first-year teammate Monica Boshart to place fifth in 4:15.36.

"Breaking three school records on the first day is a good start," Blomme said. "We're looking forward to more great swims on Saturday."

Day One: Complete Results

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