Swimmers Snap Two More School Records in Saturday Prelims

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 11


WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Keller Hawkins and junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton snapped two more Whitman College records in Saturday morning's preliminaries of the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

That gives the Missionaries an even dozen broken records as they head to tonight's championship and consolation finals.

The school standards that Hawkins and Sollom-Brotherton broke this morning were their own.

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Sollom-Brotherton, who won Friday night's 500-yard freestyle title in school-record time, sped the through his 400-yard individual medley (IM) heat in 4:05.64. That was the morning's top time by almost five seconds, and it whacked nearly seven seconds off his school record.

Hawkins posted this morning's third-best time (59.46) in the women's 100-yard backstroke. The top four prelim times in the event were just one-half second apart.

More than a dozen Missionaries, Sollom-Brotherton and Hawkins included, will compete for titles as swimmers with the top eight preliminary times do battle in the championship finals of each event.

An additional 13 Whitman swimmers advanced through the preliminaries to make the consolation finals (places 9 through 16).

Freshman Karl Mering clocked this morning's best time in the 100-yard fly and heads to the championship finals tonight as the favorite. His time was 50.42, about seven-tenths of a second off his school record.

Junior Paul Chang registered the morning's second-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, trailing only Whitworth's Rory Buck, the defending NCAA DIII national champ in that event. Chang's time was 58.70, about three-tenths of a second off his school standard.

Junior Katie Chapman and sophomore Melanie Notari advanced through the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries with the third- and fourth-best times.

Chapman finished in 58.39, about one second off her school record and less than three-tenths of a second off the pace set this morning by Whitworth's Samantha Smith. Notari was close behind with a career-best 58.41.

In the women's 100-yard breaststroke preliminaries, junior Genay Pilarowski was third in 1:06.90, less than one second out of the top spot. She just missed breaking a school record (1:06.84) set last year by sophomore teammate Claire Collins.

Collins will join Pilarowski in tonight's championships finals. She had this morning's fifth-best time (1:06.96).

Genay Pilarowski

Collins also qualified for the evening finals of the women's 400-yard IM. She was sixth in the prelims with a career-best 4:45.65.

With identical times of 53.22, freshmen Kevin O'Leary and Nic Win tied for third in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke. They just missed the school record (53.13) set last night by Win with the opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay.

Swimming the 200-yard freestyle for the first time at the NWC championships, senior Mitchell Lee clocked this morning's fourth-best time (1:45.06).

Junior Charlotte Graham and first-year teammate Ashley Jay both advanced to the championship finals of the women's 200-yard freestyle. Graham was fifth in the prelims in 1:57.41 while Jay was just four-tenths of a second back in the sixth spot.

Several Missionaries will compete in tonight's consolation finals (and score team points for Whitman) after finishing anywhere from ninth to 16th in the morning prelims.

Junior Helen Jenne just missed the championship finals of the 200-yard freestyle, placing ninth in a career-best 1:58.17. Sophomore Ellen Banks will join her in the consolation finals after placing 13th this morning in a 2:00.25, also a career-best effort.

In addition to making the championship finals in other events, Pilarowski and O'Leary advanced to the consolation finals in two other races with 11th-place performances. Pilarowski was clocked in 1:02.33 in the 100-yard butterfly, which was nearly two seconds faster than her time from last year's NWC meet. O'Leary's time in the 200-yard freestyle was 1:46.54.

Four more Missionaries made the consolation finals by placing 12th in the morning prelims: junior Sara Behrens, 100-yard backstroke, 1:03.99 (her career-best time by three-plus seconds); senior Matt Liedtke, 100-yard butterfly, 53.26 (his best time at an NWC meet); sophomore Jacob Gavin, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:05.36 (first trip to NWC meet); and sophomore Shunei Asao, 100-yard backstroke, 55.67 (career-best time).

Asao will be joined in 100-yard backstroke consolations by juniors Andrew Roehrig and Joey Gottlieb, who were 15th (57.90) and 16th (58.03), respectively. That was a career-best time for Roehrig while Gottlieb is competing at the conference meet for the first time.

Freshman Yohan Mahoney advanced in the 400-yard IM with the 14th-best time (4:49.91).

Senior Monica Boshart swam a season-best 1:10.24 to advance in 15th place in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Whitman swimmers not advancing this morning included a handful who missed the Top 16 by just one, two or three places.

Mahoney was 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.20) while junior teammate Tyler Hurlburt was 18th in a career-best 1:08.67. Freshman Tabor Martinsen was 20th in 1:11.43.

Senior Matt Rowett was 17th in the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 54.44. Gottlieb was 17th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.16 while junior Kevin Dyer was 19th in 1:52.96.

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

Women's 200-yard breaststroke: senior Alyssa Bader, 22nd, 1:16.75; junior Cari Cortez, 23rd, 1:17.33; and junior Rebecca Ryle, 24th, 1:18.48. 

Women's 100-yard butterfly: senior Sylvie Luiten, 27th, 1:14.38 (season-best time).

Women's 200-yard freestyle: senior Lena Page, 28th, 2:11.43 (her best-time at the NWC meet).

Paul Chang dives right in

Photos by Greg Leh

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu