11 Swimmers Head to Championship Finals

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 27

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Claire Collins, Katie Chapman, Paul Chang and Jamie Nusse top the list of 11 Whitman College swimmers headed for tonight's final session of championship races at the   Northwest Conference Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

Ten more Missionaries will swim in tonight's consolation finals. Spots in the two sets of finals were determined this morning in the preliminaries.

  NWC Swimming Championships

Sunday Prelims

Chapman, a sophomore in pursuit of her third event title in three days, heads to the finals with the top preliminary time in the 200-yard butterfly.

Her career-best time (2:08.40) missed Whitman's school record by seven-tenths of a second but met the provisional qualifying standard for next month's NCAA Division III national championships.

Collins, a first-year swimmer, notched her second school record in two days while posting the morning's second-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke. She was clocked in 2:26.38, taking nearly one second off the Whitman record set by Nora Feeney in 2007.

Chang, a sophomore, posted the morning's third-best time (2:10.55) in the men's 200-yard breaststroke -- missing the school record by about one second -- and will lead two senior teammates into tonight's championship finals.

Nick Wood qualified with the fifth-best time (2:13.67) while Chad Trexler advanced in the eighth spot with a time of 2:16.56. Trexler holds the school record at 2:09.45.

Nusse, a senior, heads to the finals of the 100-yard freestyle with the morning's fourth-best time (47.61). Junior teammate Mitchell Lee advanced in the fifth spot with a career-best time of 47.94.

Sophomore Helen Jenne and senior Lauren Flynn made the championship finals of the 100-yard freestyle.

Jenne qualified with the morning's fifth-best time (54.56), jumping to from third to sixth on Whitman's Top 10 list. Flynn, who holds the school record in the event at 53.82, advanced through the preliminaries with the eighth-best time (54.83).

Keller Hawkins, a first-year swimmer, made the championship finals of the 200-yard backstroke, qualifying in the fifth spot with a career-best time of 2:14.53. That time moves her into third place on Whitman's Top 10 list.

Melanie Notari, also a first-year swimmer, will join Chapman in tonight's championship finals of the 200-yard butterfly. She had the morning's first-best time (2:16.60), which vaults her into fifth place on Whitman's Top 10 list for that event.

Of the eight spots in tonight's consolation finals in the 200-yard backstroke, four will be filled by Whitman swimmers. Freshman Shunei Asao placed 12th in the preliminaries in 2:11.33.

Sophomores Andrew Roehrig and Adam Brayton were close behind, placing 13th and 14th, respectively, in 2:16.06 and 2:17.92. Senior Ian Williams grabbed the 16th spot with a time of 2:19.06.

First-year swimmer Ellen Banks and sophomore Charlotte Graham made the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Banks placed 11th in the preliminaries in 55.52 (moving into sixth place on the Whitman Top 10 list) while Graham placed 14th in 56.36.

Two Whitman swimmers placed 10th in their preliminary heats to advance to the consolation finals.

First-year sophomore Genay Pilarowski was timed in 2:32.73 in the 200-yard breaststroke, jumping to fifth on the Whitman Top 10 list for that event. Senior Brian Wakefield was clocked in 2:18.39 in the 200-yard breaststroke, moving to eighth on the Top 10 list for that event.

Sophomore Libby Arnosti placed 14th in the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries in 2:18.40 and will also swim in the consolation finals. Freshman Colin Orr snared the 16th and last spot in the 200-yard butterfly consolation finals with a time of 2:13.21.

Other Whitman swimmers who competed in the two Sunday morning preliminaries were . . .

Women's 200-Yard Breaststroke: sophomore Rebecca Ryle, 21st, 2:44.58; sophomore Cari Cortez, 22nd, 2:44.79; junior Monica Boshart, 23rd, 2:46.02; and junior Alyssa Bader, 24th, 2:48.80.

Men's 200-Yard Butterfly: sophomore Tyler Hurlburt, 18th, 2:23.84.

Women's 200-Yard Backstroke: senior Natalie Reilly, 2:28.40; and sophomore Sara Behrens, 22nd, 2:32.24.

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