Hawkins, Mering Pace Sprint Swimmers

News Release Date:
Friday, October 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Keller Hawkins and Katie Chapman for the women and Karl Mering, Galen Sollom-Brotherton and Paul Chang for the men posted the best all-around performances for the Whitman College swim teams at Friday night's Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon in Spokane, Wash.

NWC Sprint

Individual Standings

Hosted by Whitworth University, the meet attracted more than 200 swimmers and gave all competitors the chance to swim in five events -- the 100-yard individual medley (IM) and 50-yard sprints in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.


"Great swimming at the meet tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "A marathon of sprinting!"


"I'm really happy with how our swimmers performed."

Hawkins, a sophomore, finished second overall in the women's individual standings, which were determined by each swimmer's total time in the five races.

Hawkins was clocked in a total time of 3:00.44 for her races, which was less than one full second behind the first-place total.

Chapman, a junior, also cracked the women's Top 10, placing ninth in the combined scoring with a total time of 3:05.49.

Mering, a freshman, and Sollom-Brotherton, a junior, had the best performances for the Whitman men, placing third and fourth, respectively, in the individual standings.

Mering posted a total time of 2:38.99, which was one-half second faster than Sollom-Brotherton.

Chang, a junior, was 10th on the men's side with a 2:43.15 time total.

Hawkins, who was fourth overall at last year's sprint pentathlon, won Friday night's 50-yard backstroke in 28.69 and placed second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 32.78.


Hawkins also was seventh in the 100-yard IM and eighth in both the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle.


Chapman took top honors in her best stroke, winning the 50-yard butterfly in 27.33. She also held her own in the 50-yard freestyle, placing 10th, and 100-yard IM, finishing 11th.

Mering was second (butterfly), third (freestyle), fourth (backstroke) and sixth (IM) in his best four races.

Sollom-Brotherton excelled all along the board, placing third in the IM, sixth in the backstroke and seventh in both the butterfly and freestyle. He added an 11th-place showing in the breaststroke.

Chang posted his best finishes in the breastroke (third) and IM (seventh).

Other Top 25 finishes recorded by Whitman swimmers in each event:

Men's 100-yard IM: freshman Nic Win 13th, freshman Kevin O'Leary 22nd.

Women's 50-yard butterfly: sophomore Melanie Notari 16th, junior Genay Pilarowski 22nd, junior Libby Arnosti 24th, junior Helen Jenne 25th.

Men's 50-yard butterfly: senior Matt Rowett 8th, senior Matt Liedtke 9th, senior Mitchell Lee 20th.

Women's 50-yard backstroke: Arnosti 14th, Chapman 17th, junior Charlotte Graham 21st, Notari 22nd.

Men's 50-yard backstroke: sophomore Shunei Asao 8th, O'Leary 12th, Win 12th.

Women's 50-yard breaststroke: Pilarowski 8th, sophomore Claire Collins 14th, Chapman 24th.

Men's 50-yard breaststroke: Lee 8th, senior Chris Bendix 11th, Win 15th, Rowett 22nd, Mering 25th. 

Women's 50-yard freestyle: Jenne 5th.

Men's 50-yard freestyle: Lee 6th, Asao 13th, Rowett 15th, Chang 16th, O'Leary 22nd.

Whitman returns home to host Saturday's annual NWC Relay Meet in the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool in 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