Swimmers Dominate Wildcats in NWC Duals
News Release Date:
Friday, January 14
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Getting two individual victories each from five different swimmers, Whitman College rolled to one-sided victories over Linfield College in men's and women's Northwest Conference dual meets Friday night in Harvey Pool at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.
With sophomores Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne winning two races apiece, the Whitman women won both relays and eight of nine individual events en route to a 148-50 triumph.
The formula was much the same on the men's side, where Whitman captured all but one individual event and finished with a 148-54 spread. Senior Jamie Nusse, junior Chris Bendix and sophomore Paul Chang were two-time winners for the Missionaries.
The Whitman men are now 3-0 in NWC dual meets while the Missionary women are 2-1.
Both Linfield teams dropped to 0-3 in conference duals.
Stephanie Longmate provided Linfield with its only victory in the women's dual, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:36.94. Lee Rivers, the lone winner for the Linfield men, won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.33, beating Whitman's Shunei Asao by less than seven-tenths of a second.
"It's incredible how well we swam tonight," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme. "We just came off of our toughest week of training yet this season, and despite that, we're still posting some really great times.
"To be performing so highly right now is a real indication that we are exactly where we need to be."
Nusse's two victories in the men's dual came in the 100-yard freestyle (49.88) and 200-yard freestyle (1:48.17). Bendix notched his two wins in the 400-yard individual medley (4:25.79), where senior teammate Nick Wood finished second, and the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.54).
Chang posted his two wins in the 50-yard freestyle (22.66) and 100-yard breastroke (1:00.67). Whitman senior Chad Trexler was second and Wood third in the breaststroke.
Chang's time in the breaststroke moves him from fourth to third on Whitman's best-times list for that event. His time missed the school record by just two-tenths of a second.
Other winners for the Missionary men were sophomore Kevin Dyer in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:27.27) and junior Matt Liedtke in the 100-yard butterfly (54.80). Whitman junior Matt Rowett was second in the butterfly.
Asao, Chang and Liedtke teamed with sophomore Adam Brayton to win the men's 200-yard medley in 1:43.97. A second Whitman team comprised of Trexler, senior Eliot Stone, sophomore Andrew Roehrig and junior Colin Orr took second.
Nusse, Rowett, Asao and freshman Elliott Crane won the final men's relay (200-yard freestyle) in 1:31.25.
Chapman beat Whitman teammates to the finish line in claiming her two victories. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.88, edging senior Lauren Flynn by almost a second, and took the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.12, outpacing sophomore Charlotte Graham.
Chapman's time in the 100 fly was her career best. She already ranks second all-time at Whitman in that event and now sits less than two seconds off the school record.
Earlier in the meet, Graham was first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:16.75, which moves her into eighth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Jenne picked up her two victories in the 100-yard freestyle (56.62) and 50-yard freestyle (25.78). First-year Missionary Ellen Banks was second in the 50 free.
Other individual winners included two more first-year Whitman swimmers, Keller Hawkins in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.92) and Claire Collins in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.64). First-year sophomore Genay Pilarowski was the runner-up in the breaststroke while junior Alyssa Bader was third.
Senior Natalie Reilly led a one-two Whitman finish in the 400-yard individual medley, winning in 5:16.10. Sophomore Cari Cortez was second.
In the women's relays, it was Hawkins, Collins, Chapman and Jenne taking first in the 200-yard medley, while Banks, Graham, Hawkins and Flynn won the closing 200-yard freestyle.
Reilly and Pilarowski joined sophomore Rebecca Ryle and first-year teammate Melanie Notari to place second in the freestyle relay.
Both Whitman teams continue NWC competition on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home meet against Willamette. Linfield travels to Spokane on Saturday for 1 p.m. dual meets at Whitworth.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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