Loggers Outswin Whitman Teams in Tacoma
News Release Date:
Saturday, January 22
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Senior Lauren Flynn and sophomores Charlotte Graham, Katie Chapman and Paul Chang won individual races, and the Missionaries closed out the day with a pair of relay victories, but it was Puget Sound posting the dual meet swimming victories Saturday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash.
The Puget Sound men, improving to 5-1 in the Northwest Conference season, won 127-77 and handed the Whitman men their first loss in six conference meets.
The women's dual was a bit closer with Puget Sound winning 119-86. The Logger women finished the day at 5-1 in the conference standings while their Whitman counterparts slipped to 4-2.
Flynn picked up Whitman's first individual victory, taking the 50-meter freestyle in 29.06. Sophomore teammate Helen Jenne was second in 29.25.
Chapman also led a one-two Whitman finish in winning the 100-meter butterfly 1:08.48. First-year teammate Melanie Notari was the runner-up in 1:10.48.
Graham posted a third victory for the Missionary women in the 400-meter freestyle, clocking a time of 4:47.58.
Whitman's lone individual win on the men's side came in the 100-meter breaststroke, where Chang took the checkered flag in 1:08.35.
Chang also teamed with senior Jamie Nusse, junior Mitchell Lee and freshman Shunei Asao to win the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:41.51.
In the women's 200-meter free relay, it was Flynn, Graham and Chapman joining first-year teammate Keller Hawkins to win in 1:55.51.
"This was a tough meet for us against Puget Sound, but I am so proud of the way we performed today," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Although the score was getting away from us, and we are swimming so tired, we kept up the intensity."
One of those moments of perseverance came when Graham held off two Loggers to win the 400-meter freestyle, Blomme said.
"Charlotte had one swimmer on each side of her and they were matching her nearly stroke for stroke. Maintaining that kind of mental intensity through a long race is not easy and she did it with a lot of poise."
Both Whitman teams are off next weekend but then host Whitworth at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, to conclude the regular season.
The NWC Championships follow Feb. 25-27 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden,
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
email@example.com; (509) 527-5902