Sollom-Brotherton Snaps Record, Wins 400

News Release Date:
Friday, November 18

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Galen Sollom-Brotherton won the men's 500-yard freestyle, breaking a Whitman College school record, to give the Missionaries their most notable highlight at the Northwest Invitational Friday night in McMinnville, Ore.



Sollom-Brotherton won the race by almost eight seconds, finishing in 4:41.93. That sliced four-tenths of a second off the school record set last season by junior Kevin Dyer.

The new Missionary mark is the second for Sollom-Brotherton. He set a new Whitman standard in the 400-yard individual medley in last Saturday's dual meet victory over Pacific.

Ashley Jay, a first-year swimmer, had Friday's best finish for the Whitman women. She was third in the women's 500-yard freestyle in 5:22.36, a time that moves her from seventh to fifth on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event.


In the men's team scoring, Whitman heads to Saturday's two sessions in second place in a seven-team field.

The Missionary men have 162.5 points, trailing only Whitworth (273.5). Pacific Lutheran is a close third with 148 points.

Whitworth also leads on the women's side with 229 points. Pacific (162.5) and Pacific Lutheran (160.5) are in a virtual tie for second place with Whitman in striking distance with 130 points.

Sollom-Brotherton and junior Paul Chang also helped Whitman place second in both Friday night relays.

With senior Mitchell Lee and sophomore Shunei Asao swimming the other two legs, Whitman clocked a 1:28.62 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing just three-tenths of a second out of first place.

Freshmen Nic Win and Karl Mering added to Whitman's runner-up effort in the 400-yard medley relay. The Missionary quartet was timed in 3:38.20.


Mering was one of four Whitman swimmers to crack the Top 10 in the men's 50-yard freestyle. He was third in 22.10 while Lee, one of his teammates, was fourth in 22.51. Asao (22.80) and Chang (22.98) were seventh and ninth, respectively.

While Sollom-Brotherton was winning the men's 500, senior Chris Bendix was taking fourth in 4:57.71, finishing less than one-tenth of a second out of third.

Junior Helen Jenne and sophomore Ellen Banks gave Whitman a strong one-two punch in women's 50-yard freestyle. Jenne was fifth in 25.45 -- two one-hundredths of a second out of fourth -- while Banks was seventh in 26.38.


The Whitman women also got two Top 10 swims from junior Libby Arnosti in the 500-yard freestyle (10th, 5:43.80) and sophomore Claire Collins in the 200-yard individual medley (2:22.35).

Jenne teamed with sophomore Keller Hawkins and juniors Katie Chapman and Genay Pilarowski to take second in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:10.27.

Junior Sara Behrens joined Jenne, Banks and Hawkins to place fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.00, finishing just nine one-hundredths of a second out of the second-place spot.

The invitational concludes Saturday with two more sessions. The first starts at 10 a.m. with the second to follow at 5 p.m.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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