Whit Swimmers Open Season With Wins

News Release Date:
Saturday, October 17

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Jamie Nusse and Kevin Dyer winning two races apiece for the men and seven Missionaries capturing events on the women's side, the Whitman College swim teams swept dual meet decisions from the College of Idaho Saturday afternoon in Harvey Pool.

Kicking off the season in grand style, Whitman took the women's dual 146-56 and was a 128-74 winner in the men's competition.

Nusse, a junior, ruled two of the men's freestyle races, winning in 1:51.41 at the 200-yard distance and clocking a 47.49 at 100 yards.

Dyer, a freshman, was master of two longer freestyle events, posting winning times of 5:03.20 over 500 yards and 10:23.24 at 1,000 yards. His time at the longer distance moves him into sixth place on Whitman's all-time Top Ten list for that event.

Five first-year swimmers won events for the Whitman women.

Katie Chapman was first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.62 while Charlotte Graham swam a 55.59 in leading a 1-2-3 Missionary sweep in the 100-yard freestyle. Helen Jenne, another first-year swimmer, and senior Sidney Kohls placed second and third, respectively, behind Graham.

In winning their races, both Chapman and Graham moved into fourth place on Whitman's Top Ten list for those events.

Jenne also won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.26, beating runner-up Sara Behrens, another first-year Missionary.

First-year swimmer Rebecca Ryle led a Missionary sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke. She was first in 1:13.15 while first-year teammate Cari Cortez was second and sophomore Monica Boshart third. Ryle's time slips her into eighth place on the Whitman Top Ten list.

Libby Arnosti, the fifth first-year Missionary to win an event, took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.68, nipping Idaho's Chrissie Younggren by two-tenths of a second.

Senior Chelsea Klinger in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:14.12) and junior Lauren Flynn in the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.90) added to Whitman's victory total.

Other winners for the Whitman men included senior Eric Molnar, who won the 200-yard medley in 2:08.48. Juniors Nick Wood and Chad Trexler were second and third, respectively, in that race.

Sophomores Mitchell Lee and Matthew Liedtke were first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.72) and 100-yard butterfly (56.98), respectively. Freshman Brett Clark was second to Liedtke in the butterfly.

The Missionary women also won both relay events, finishing first and second, in fact, in both races.

The quartet of Graham, Boshart, Jessie Niell and Flynn was first in the 200-yard medley in 1:59.30, edging the foursome of Arnosti, Ryle, Chapman and Lena Page by 15 one-hundredths of a second.

Flynn, Graham, Chapman and Jenne were clear-cut winners in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.87. 

Meanwhile, the Whitman men split their two relays. Molnar and Lee teamed with freshmen Paul Chang and Adam Brayton to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:32.59.

The Whitman swim team hold their annual alumni meet next Saturday and then open the Northwest Conference season on Nov. 6-7 with home meets against Linfield and Pacific.

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