Whit Duo Makes Mark in Freestyle Races

News Release Date:
Friday, December 3

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jamie Nusse placed 15th in the 50-yard freestyle and Kevin Dyer was 18th in the 500-yard freestyle to pace the Whitman College swim teams in Friday night's finals of the 62nd Annual Husky Invitational at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The meet, open to college swim squads as well as USA Swimming club teams, continues Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin Dyer
Jamie Nusse

Nusse knocked a tenth of a second off his morning time to clock a 22.01 in his 50 free consolation final. Three swimmers from Grand Canyon University, an NCAA Division II school, swept the top three spots in the championship final.

Dyer lopped nearly five seconds off his morning time to finish his 500-free consolation final in 4:54.12.

Three more Whitman swimmers joined Nusse in the consolation final heats of the 50 free.

Mitchell Lee won his heat, placing 25th overall in 22.34. That was almost three-tenths of a second faster than his time in the morning preliminaries.

Paul Chang was 32nd overall in 22.98 while Shunei Asao was 33rd in 22.71.

Whitman quartets placed in the four men's and women's relay events on Friday.

Nusse, Lee, Chang and Asao finished eighth in the men's 200-yard freestyle in 1:29.30. Lee, Chang and Asao teamed with Matt Liedtke to take 14th in 400-yard medley relay in 3:44.14.

On the women's side, it was Lauren Flynn, Charlotte Graham, Helen Jenne and Ellen Banks placing 14th in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:43.33.

Katie Chapman, Keller Hawkins and Claire Collins joined Flynn to place 17th in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:13.78.