No Time to Waste: Whit Swimmers Break Three School Records

News Release Date:
Friday, February 10


WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Three Whitman College school records fell by the wayside this morning as the Missionary swim teams got off to a splendid start in the preliminaries of the Northwest Conference Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Ashley Jay

Two newcomers, first-year swimmer Ashley Jay and junior transfer Galen Sollom-Brotherton, set new school records in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle.

Junior Helen Jenne also set a new school standard in the 50-yard freestyle.

Helen Jenne

Sollom-Brotherton qualified for tonight's championship finals (top eight) with this morning's best time in his freestyle event.

He covered the 500 yards in 4:30.44, out-swimming his nearest competitor by more than six seconds while shaving 11-plus seconds off the school record he set earlier this year.

Jay was clocked in 5:12.27 in the women's 500, snapping a school standard (5:12.54) set 20 years ago by Michelle Zinanti.

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 That's Ashley Jay
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after breaking
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Jay advances to the championship finals with the morning's third-best time.

Jenne also posted the third-best time (24.41) in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle, breaking a school record (24.59) set in 2009 by Lauren Flynn.

Jenne will be joined in the championship finals by sophomore Keller Hawkins, who also broke the earlier school record. Hawkins clocked the morning's fifth-best time at 24.47.

Whitman registered a strong showing in the men's 50-yard freestyle, where freshman Karl Mering (21.36) and senior Mitchell Lee (21.73) advanced with the morning's second- and third-best times.

Mering holds the school record for that event at 20.93.

Junior Katie Chapman, the defending NWC champion in the 200-yard individual medley, had this morning's fourth-best time in that event. Her time was 2:09.79, less than a second off her school record.

Freshman Nic Win made a big splash in the men's 200-yard individual medley, advancing to the championship finals in fourth place with a season-best time of 1:57.67. That is just 1.24 seconds off a school record established in 1995.

Matt Liedtke

Charlotte Graham, a Whitman junior, also advanced to the championship finals (top eight) in the 500-yard freestyle. Her career-best time of 5:15.60 was the morning's eighth-best time.

Two Missionaries advanced through the preliminaries of the men's 50-yard freestyle and will compete tonight in the consolation finals (spots 9-16). Junior Paul Chang, in fact, just missed the championship finals, posting the morning's ninth-best time at 21.99.

Sophomore Shunei Asao finished right behind Chang, recording the 11-best time at 22.12. Times for Asao and Chang were career-best efforts.

In the women's 50 freestyle, sophomore Ellen Banks advanced to the consolation finals with the morning's 11th-best time (25.12). That also was a career-best time for Banks.

Senior Chris Bendix made the consolation finals of the the men's 500-yard freestyle. He was 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 4:52.87.

In the women's 500, sophomore Melanie Notari swam a career-best 5:25.65, qualifying for the consolation finals in the 15th spot.

Mitchell Lee

Senior Matt Rowett slipped into the consolation finals of the 200-yard individual medley, advancing from the preliminaries in 16th place with a time of 2:06.05.

Three more Missionaries fell just short this morning of making the consolation finals in the 200-yard IM: senior Matt Liedtke (17th, 2:07.49), junior Andrew Roehrig (18th, 2:07.60), and sophomore Jacob Gavin (19th, 2:09.11).

Liedtke's 200 IM time was the best he has posted in that event in four trips to the NWC championship meet.

Other Whitman swimmers competing this morning but not advancing to the evening session with top-16 times:

Men's 500-yard freestyle: Junior Kevin Dyer, 18th, 5:06.77; senior Ian Williams, 20th, 5:17.18. Dyer, hampered by injury for much of the season, finished well off his career-best times.

Women's 500-yard freestyle: Senior Katie Tackman, 23rd, 5:39.48; senior Lena Page, 31st, 5:57.74; junior Erin Kiskaddon, 33rd, 6:03.84. The times were career-best efforts for all three swimmers at the conference championships.

Women's 200-yard individual medley: Senior Monica Boshart, 20th, 2:28.39; junior Cari Cortez, 24th, 2:34.95; junior Rebecca Ryle, 25th, 2:36.51.

Men's 50-yard freestyle: Freshman Tabor Martinson, 39th, 26.23.

Women's 50-yard freestyle: Junior Sara Behrens, 20th, 26.08; senior Katie Tackman, 27th, 26.58; junior Erin Kiskaddon, 34th, 27.64; senior Alyssa Bader, 38th, 28.01; senior Sylvie Luiten, 40th, 28.64. Times for Behrens, Tackman, Kiskaddon and Bader are the best they have posted at the conference meet. Luiten is competing at the championships for the first time in three years.

                                                                                         Katie Tackman
                                                                                                                                                                           Photos by Greg Lehman

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.; (509) 527-5902