Chapman Shatters School Record in 200 IM

News Release Date:
Friday, February 25

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Katie Chapman made some Whitman College swimming history this afternoon, shattering a school record in the preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley at the Northwest Conference Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

Katie Chapman

Chapman finished her heat in 2:11.49 -- the afternoon's best time -- and knocked more than 2.5 seconds off the previous school record set by Alexis Jinbo-Doran in 2004.

Chapman's previous best time in the 200-yard IM was 2:18.08.

Pacific's Allison Clark had this afternoon's second-best time at 2:12.83. Puget Sound's Tracy Wormwood and Whitworth's Kara Fisher were next in line with times of 2:13.04 and 2:13.58.

Chapman will be gunning for an individual event title in tonight's finals, which get underway at 7 p.m.

Jamie Nusse

Chapman wasn't the only Missionary posting fast times in the afternoon preliminaries.

"We had some incredible swims in the preliminaries," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "This is probably Whitman's best start at the championships that I can remember. We had amazing swims and time drops all the way around."

Senior Jamie Nusse in the men's 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Helen Jenne in the women's 50-yard freestyle and sophomore Paul Chang in the men's 200-yard IM also came close to new school records.

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Friday Prelims

Nusse clocked a career-best 21.55 in posting the third-best time in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries. That was just 15 one-hundredths of a second off the record set by Tucker Jackson in 1999.

Nusse finished just ahead of junior teammate Mitchell Lee, whose time (21.70) moves him from fifth to third on Whitman's Top 10 list for that event. Nusse remains in second place on that list.

Helen Jenne

While both Nusse and Lee swim in tonight's championship final (top eight) for the 50 free, Missionary freshman Shunei Asao will return for tonight's consolation finals (places nine through 16 from the preliminaries). Asao qualified in the 16th spot in 22.91.

Jenne registered the afternoon's third-best time in the women's 50-freee, swimming a career-best 24.65. That missed the school record, set in 2009 by senior teammate Lauren Flynn, by just six one-hundredths of a second.

Flynn also qualified for tonight's 50 free championship finals, placing eighth in the prelims in 25.01. First-year Missionary Ellen Banks made the consoation finals, qualifying in the 16th spot in 25.55.

Paul Chang

Chang registered the afternoon's sixth-best time (1:58.69) in the 200 IM and will also swim in tonight's championship final. His prelim time moves him from eighth to fourth on Whitman's Top 10 list.

Scott Daukas set Whitman's school record in the 200 IM in 1995 at 1:56.43.

Sophomore Kevin Dyer came relatively close to his own school record in the 500-yard freestyle, placing fourth in the prelims in 4:46.72. His school record, set a year ago, is 4:42.42.

Junior Chris Bendix will join Dyer in tonight's 500 free finals. He placed seventh in the prelims in a career-best 4:49.34.

Freshman Elliott Crane made the consolation finals, qualifying in 14th place in a season-best 5:01.65.

Kevin Dyer

Whitman will have three swimmers in the consolation finals of the women's 500-yard free. Sophomore Charlotte Graham was 10th in the prelims in 5:22.19 while first-year teammates Claire Collins (13th, 5:27.19) and Melanie Notari (14th, 5:32.86) were not far behind.

All three swimmers posted career-best times. Graham remains in fourth place on Whitman's Top 10 list for that event. Collins slipped into the 10th spot.

A handful of Missionaries just missed qualifying for the consolation finals in their events.

Juniors Matt Liedtke and Brian Wakefield finished 17th and 19th, respectively, in the men's 200-yard IM with times of 2:08.10 and 2:12.77. Freshman Colin Orr was 21st and junior Ian Williams 23rd.

Mitchell Lee

Sophomore Libby Arnosti was 18th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:36.34 while junior Katie Tackman was 20th in 5:42.37. Sophomores Sara Behrens and Erin Kiskaddon placed 24th and 29th, respectively.

Seniors Nate Wells (19th, 5:21.04) and Eliot Stone (20th, 5:23.85) finished just a few spots out of the consolation finals in the men's 500-yard freestyle

Swimming in other events for Whitman . . .

Men's 50-yard freestyle: sophomore Adam Brayton 22nd.

Women's 200-yard IM: senior Natalie Reilly 23rd; sophomore Cari Cortez 30th; and junior Monica Boshart 31st.

Women's 50-yard freestyle: junior Katie Tackman 29th; sophomore Erin Kiskaddon 34th; and junior Alyssa Bader 38th.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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