Swimmers Stroke to Second at NWC Relays
News Release Date:
Saturday, October 29
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- There were highlights aplenty as the Whitman College swim teams combined to place second in the overall scoring for the seven-school, 15-event Northwest Conference Relays, held Saturday in the Harvey Pool at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.
Of the three mixed relay events, Whitman won two and placed a close second in the third. Trailing only Whitworth in the combined scoring, Whitman took second with 67 points, beating third-place Puget Sound by four points.
"Our combined relays were the best in the pool," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Incredible swimming today -- from every member of the team."
The Whitman men's team also flexed a few muscles in the six men's events, winning two and finishing second in one. The Missionary men tallied 29 points, finishing just three points out of first and six point clear of third.
The Missionary women placed fourth in their six events, compiling 19 points while finishing second once and third twice. They finished just three points out of third.
Overall, Blomme said, Whitman swimmers turned in an "awesome performance. We really rose to the level of our competitors, which was extremely high.
"We learned a lot, and are looking forward to getting to work on areas we know we can improve."
In one of the day's most exciting races, Whitman nipped Whitworth by one one-hundredth of a second to win the mixed 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:36.31. Winning for the Missionaries were sophomores Charlotte Graham and Shunei Asao, junior Helen Jenne and senior Mitchell Lee.
The Missionary margin of victory was somewhat larger -- about two-tenths of a second -- in the mixed 400-yard freestyle relay, where Jenne and juniors Katie Chapman teamed with junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton and freshman Karl Mering to finish first in 3:26.97.
Jenne and Mering were also part of the mixed relay squad finished second to their Whitworth counterparts in the 200-yard medley relay.
That Whitman foursome, rounded out by sophomore Keller Hawkins and junior Paul Chang, missed first place by seven-tenths of a second but beat the third-place team by nearly five full seconds.
Mering helped the Whitman men notch their first win in the 3x100-yard butterfly, joining seniors Matt Rowett and Matt Liedtke to post a time of 2:40.27. That was 2.4 seconds clear of the runner-up trio.
Whitman's other victory on the men's side came in the 3x100-yard medley, where Chang and Sollom-Brotherton were joined by freshman Nic Win for a winning time of 2:50.10.
The men added a second-placing showing in the 3x100 breaststroke. Chang and Lee joined senior Chris Bendix to finish in 3:10.05.
Junior Genay Pilarowski, working with Hawkins and Chapman, took second in the women's 3x100-yard medley in 3:17.01.
Hawkins was part of Whitman's third-place showing in the women's 3x100-yard backstroke. Juniors Libby Arnosti and Sarah Behrens also swam the race.
Whitman kicks off its NWC dual meet season in two weeks when it hosts Lewis & Clark on Friday, Nov. 11, and Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Both home meets will take place in the Paul and Louise 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; firstname.lastname@example.org