Swimmers Break Records, Move Into Third

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 26

Whitman's Katie Chapman was all smiles after winning a second NWC title Saturday.



WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Riding a wave of broken school records, the ripsnorting Whitman College swim teams barreled their way into third place in the team scoring during Saturday night's finals at the Northwest Conference Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

Sophomore Katie Chapman led the charge for a second straight night, winning her second event in as many days while lowering the school record she set in the morning preliminaries.

  NWC Swimming Championships

Saturday Finals

Claire Collins and Paul Chang placed second in their events and also sliced more time off the school records they set in the preliminaries.

Claire Collins

Chapman was also part of two relay teams that shattered school records while placing second. Collins contributed to one of those relay victories.

With one day off competition left, the Whitman men's team solidified its hold on third place, finishing day two with 337.5 points.

Paul Chang

The Whitworth men tightened their stranglehold on the top spot, upping their point total to 632.5. Puget Sound was a distant second, and not that far in front of Whitman, with 397 points.

Other team scores for the men are Pacific Lutheran 226, Pacific 203, Lewis & Clark 151, Linfield 146, and Willamette 3.

Meanwhile, the Whitman women ran their point total to 310 points, slipping past Lewis & Clark (302) into third place. The Whitworth women are in first place with 544 points, nearly 100 points ahead of second-place Puget Sound (447).

Rounding out the women's team scores are Pacific Lutheran 176, Pacific 172, Linfield 124, and Willamette 87.

In winning the women's 100-yard butterfly in 57.44, Chapman became Whitman's first two-event winner at the NWC championships since Tucker Jackson the men's 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events in 2001.

Melanie Notari

Chapman's time shaved three-tenths of a second off the school record she set earlier in the day in the preliminaries. Her new record also strengthens her provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division III national championships.

Melanie Notari, one of Chapman's first-year teammates, also swam in the championship finals of the butterfly event, placing seventh in 1:00.94.

Collins, a first-year swimmer, just missed the national provisional qualifying mark in placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.84. Her time dropped nearly one second off the school record she set earlier in the day in the preliminaries.

Genay Pilarowski, a first-year sophomore, was close behind Collins, placing fourth in 1:07.80, which is the second-best time ever posted by a swimmer in the event.

Chang, a sophomore, gave the Whitman men a second-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time was 58.54, which whacked another 1.3 seconds off the school record he set in the morning preliminaries.

Mitchell Lee

Junior Mitchell Lee and senior Nick Wood also swam in the championship finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fourth and eighth, respectively. Lee's career-best time was 1:00.55, which moves him into fourth place on Whitman's Top 10 list for the event. Wood's time was 1:01.77.

Saturday night's first event was the 200-yard medley relay and the Whitman women wasted no time breaking another school record.

Genay Pilarowski

Chapman and Pilarowshi joined sophomore Helen Jenne and first-year teammate Keller Hawkins to place a strong second in 1:48.97, dropping Whitworth into third place by one one-hundredth of a second.

Whitman's 200 medley relay time whacked nearly five seconds off the school record set in 2006.

Later in the Saturday night session, Chapman, Graham and Collins teamed with senior Lauren Flynn to peel almost five seconds off the school record in the 800-yard freestyle. They finished second in 7:55.96, breaking a record set 20 years ago by Kris Daughters, Kathy Farrell, Kim Streeter and Michelle Zinanti.

Jamie Nusse

Senior Jamie Nusse and sophomore Kevin Dyer placed third and fourth, respectively, in the men's 200-yard freestyle. Nusse was clocked in 1:44.36, just ahead of Dyer's 1:44.54. Dyer moved into third place on the Whitman Top 10 list for the event, just behind a time previously posted by Nusse.

Graham in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.72) and Hawkins in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.12) added fifth-place showings for the Missionary women. Hawkins set a new school record (59.82) in the morning preliminaries.

Charlotte Graham

Junior Matt Liedtke placed seventh in the championship finals of the 100-yard butterfly. His career-best time was 53.33, which bumps him from sixth to fifth on the Whitman Top 10 list.

In addition to his eighth-place showing in the breaststroke event, Wood placed eighth in the finals of the men's 400-yard individual medley (IM) in 4:22.76.

Junior Chris Bendix made a strong showing in the consolation finals of the 400 IM, placing 10th overall in a career-best 4:18.04. That moves Bendix from fifth to fourth on the Whitman Top 10 list.

Sophomore Libby Arnosti placed 11th in the consolation finals of the 100-backstroke with a time of 1:02.72, which has her in fourth place on Whitman's Top 10 list.

Kevin Dyer

Senior Chad Trexler added more Whitman team points in the 400 IM consolations, placing 14th overall in 4:27.03.

Trexler and senior Brian Wakefield placed 13th and 14th, respectively, in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:04.11 and 1:04.53.

Three Whitman men added points in the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Shunei Asao and sophomore Andrew Roehrig were 11th and 12th, respectively, in 58.13 and 58.48. Sophomore Adam Brayton was 16th in 1:02.53.

Keller Hawkins

Three Whitman women scored team points in the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle. Jenne was 12th overall in 1:59.65 (moving into fifth place on the Whitman Top 10 list). Ellen Banks, a first-year swimmer, was 15th in 2:02.16, which makes her ninth on the best-times list. Flynn finished 16th in 2:02.31.

Also placing for Whitman in the consolation finals were senior Natalie Reilly in the 400 IM (13th, 5:09.43), freshman Elliott Crane in the 200-yard freestyle (15th, 1:53.25) and sophomore Cari Cortez in the 100-yard breaststroke (16th, 1:15.59).

The Whitman men finished third in both of their Saturday night relay races, coming close to school records in both cases.

Asao, Chang, Liedtke and Lee were clocked in 1:38.23 in the 200-yard medley relay. Nusse, Lee, Bendix and Dyer finished the 800-yard freetyle relay in 7:03.74

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