Men Win as Whits Split Swim Season Opener
News Release Date:
Friday, November 12
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College stroked its way to a split decision in opening the Northwest Conference dual meet season against Lewis & Clark Friday night in Portland, Ore.
The Whitman men dunked their Lewis & Clark counterparts 136-66, but a short-handed Missionary women's squad fell short by a 128-77 count.
"The combination of depth and talent on our men's team continues to be an asset for us," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "We had some really good match-ups tonight with Lewis & Clark that led to really great performances from our team."
The Missionary women's team was missing two of its standouts in senior Lauren Flynn and junior Monica Boshart. Flynn is taking graduate school tests this weekend while Boshart is attending a science research program.
"Although the women's team score showed a big spread between Whitman and Lewis & Clark, there were a lot of close races that as the season continues we'll have the chance to win," Blomme said.
Senior Jamie Nusse paced the big win for the men's team. He won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events and joined three teammates for a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore Kevin Dyer added twin distance wins in the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle races.
Junior Chris Bendix led a Whitman sweep in the 400-yard individual medley. Juniors Nick Wood, Chad Trexler and Brian Wakefield were right behind in spots two through four.
Juniors Matt Liedtke and Matt Rowett finished one-two, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly. Freshman Shunei Asao took the 100-yard backstroke with sophomore teammate Paul Chang placing second.
Junior Mitchell Lee finished second in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Whitman men also got runner-up performances from freshman Eliott Stone in the 1,000-yard freestyle and from Bendix in the 500-yard freestyle.
Rowett, Chang and Lee joined forces with Nusse to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Meanwhile, the Whitman women picked up victories from sophomores Charlotte Graham in the 200-yard freestyle and Katie Chapman in the 100-yard butterfly.
Chapman also teamed with sophomore Helen Jenne and two first-year Missionaries, Keller Hawkins and Claire Collins, to win the 200-yard medley relay.
Hawkins made a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke, placing second in 1:03.65. That time moves her in sixth place on Whitman's career best-times list for that event.
Collins and first-year sophomore Genay Pilarowski both cracked Whitman's Top 10 career list in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Collins finished second in 1:12.44, just three-tenths of a second behind the winner, while Pilarowski was third in 1:12.54. Collins moves into eighth place on the Missionary career list while Pilarowski takes the ninth spot.
Jenne added a pair of second-place performances in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Graham finished second in the 500-yard freestyle.
"We've had a very technically focused fall, and we are doing so many things right," Blomme said. "We still have plenty to improve, but I am really excited about where we are already."
Both Whitman teams continue NWC competition on Saturday with a 1 p.m. meet against Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore.
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