Hawkins, Lee & Chang Pace Whit Swimmers

News Release Date:
Friday, October 29

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Keller Hawkins for the women and Mitchell Lee and Paul Chang for the men posted the best all-around performances for the Whitman College swim teams at the season-opening Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon Friday night in Salem, Ore.

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Hosted by Willamette University, the meet attracted about 260 swimmers and gave all competitors the chance to swim in five events -- the 100-yard individual medley (IM) and 50-yard sprints in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Hawkins, a first-year swimmer from Nashville, Tenn., finished her five races in a total time of 3:04.29, which placed her fourth on the women's side.

Keller Hawkins

Lee, a junior, clocked a total time of 2:44.23 to place 11th in the men's individual rankings. He finished one spot ahead of Chang, a sophomore, who posted a combined time of 2:44.54.

Jamie Nusse, a senior, was next in line for Whitman, placing 16th in 2:46.04. Junior Matt Rowett was 21st in 2:47.68 while freshman Shunei Asao was 26th in 2:49.31.

Mitchell Lee

Other top all-around performers for the Whitman women included senior Lauren Flynn, 18th, 3:09.79; sophomore Charlotte Graham, 19th, 3:10.19; and sophomore Libby Arnosti, 23rd, 3:11.36.

Hawkins made her best showings in the backstroke and breaststroke events, placing third in both races. She also was 10th in the freestyle, 11th in the butterfly and 22nd in the IM.

Flynn had her top finish in the freestyle, placing eighth. Arnosti was seventh in the backstroke and 15th in the butterfly while Graham was 16th in the backstroke, 17th in the freestyle and 18th in the 100 IM.

Sophomore Katie Chapman was seventh in the IM and 13th in both the butterfly and freestyle.

Others placing well for Whitman included sophomore Helen Jenne (10th, freestyle) and first-year sophomore Genay Pilarowski (11th, breaststroke).

Paul Chang

Claire Collins and Ellen Banks, two more first-year Missionaries, placed 14th and 16th, respectively, in the breaststroke and freestyle races. Junior Monica Boshart was 17th in the breaststroke.

In the men's competition, Lee posted the eighth-best time in the freestyle and was ninth in the butterfly, breaststroke and IM.

Chang was fifth in the breastroke -- finishing less than one-half second out of second place -- and 11th in the IM.

Nusse was fourth in the freestyle -- less than one-tenth of a second out of the second spot -- while also placing 13th in the backstroke and 19th in the IM.

Lauren Flynn

Rowett had his best results in the butterfly (16th) and IM (18th). Asao was sixth in the backstroke and 11th in the freestyle.

Juniors Matthew Liedtke (11th, butterfly), Nick Wood (17th, breaststroke) and Chris Bendix (18th, breastroke) also posted top-20 finishes for the men.

In the team scoring, Whitman finished fourth on the men's side and fifth in the women's point totals.

"The team swam very well," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We are performing ahead of where I would have hoped at this time. We had great races  
from everyone today."

Whitman and other conference swim teams reconvene at 11 a.m. Saturday for the annual NWC Relay Meet in McMinnville, Ore.

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