Whit Swimmers Glide to Dominating NWC Dual Meet Wins
News Release Date:
Friday, January 13
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College swim teams ran their Northwest Conference dual meet records to 3-0 with a pair of dominating victories over Linfield Friday night in McMinnville, Ore.
The Whitman men, now 3-0 in the NWC and 5-0 on the season, were victorious by a 143-60 count.
The Missionary women, also 3-0 in conference and 4-1 overall, were winners by a 132-73 margin.
Whitman coach Jenn Blomme was pleased with times posted by her swimmers in the wake of a week-long training trip to southern California that included a dual meet against Redlands.
"Our times tonight were shockingly fast for how beat up we are at the end of this trip," she said.
Junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton led the way for the Whitman men with two victories, one of them a record-setting performance in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Sollom-Brotherton posted a winning time of 9:40.44, shattering the Whitman school record by almost 23 seconds. He also won the 500-yard freestyle by a wide margin, clocking a time of 4:57.90.
Junior Charlotte Graham won the same two distance freestyle races for the Whitman women, taking the 1,000-yard event in 11:22.15 and the 500-yarder in 5:28.88.
All told, Whitman swimmers finished first in eight of the nine individual events in both the women's and men's meet. The Missionaries also won the four relay events.
On the women's side, juniors Helen Jenne and Katie Chapman won two races apiece.
Chapman took the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.53 and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:12.94. Jenne was first in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.84 and the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.60.
Sophomore Keller Hawkins was a winner in the women's 200-yard backstroke in 2:22.81 while sophomore Claire Collins touched first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.17.
Senior Mitchell Lee and freshman Karl Mering gave Whitman two more double-winners on the men's side.
Lee led a 1-2-3 Missionary sweep in the 50-yard freestyle with a winning time of 22.55. Sophomore Shunei Asao and junior Paul Chang were second and third, respectively.
Lee also won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.92 with Asao taking second.
Mering was at the front of a Whitman sweep in the 200-yard butterfly. His winning time was 1:56.33 while seniors Matt Rowett and Matt Liedtke took second and third, respectively.
Mering's other victory came in the 200-yard freestyle, where his time (1:44.37) moves him into third-place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Adding two more victories for the Missionary men were Chang in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.42) and freshman Nic Win in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.61). Freshman Kevin O'Leary was second and junior Joey Gottlieb third behind Win in the backstroke.
In the opening 400-yard medley relay races, Whitman got winning efforts from O'Leary, Chang, Rowett and Lee in the men's race and from Hawkins, Collins, Chapman and sophomore Ellen Banks in the women's event.
In the closing 400-yard freestyle relays, it was Jenne, Banks, Hawkins and Graham taking first for the women and Mering, Asao, Rowett and Sollom-Brotherton doing likewise for the men.
Whitman stays in western Oregon Saturday for a 1 p.m. NWC dual meet with Willamette in Salem.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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