Swimmers Finish Strong at Husky Invite

News Release Date:
Sunday, December 5

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With 15 swimmers in Sunday's last round of consolation finals, the Whitman College swim teams finished fourth among the college squads and 12th overall in the combined team scoring at the  62nd Annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.

The Missionary men and women racked up 366 total points in the three-day meet, which was open to colleges as well as USA Swimming clubs.

Kevin Dyer
Katie Chapman

Grand Canyon University, an NCAA Division II school, finished first with 2,291.5 points with the King Aquatic Club taking second with 2,025 points.

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (1,759.5) was third with Whitworth (1,470) and Puget Sound (1,109), two of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals, placing fourth and fifth.  

With a strong Sunday showing, Whitman finished nine points in front of Lewis & Clark, another of its NWC foes. Willamette, a fourth NWC school with swimmers at the meet, finished 28th with 29 points.

Katie Chapman and Kevin Dyer, a pair of sophomores, gave Whitman its best individual finishes in Sunday's consolation finals. Chapman was 10th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:14.45 while Dyer took 11th in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:28.93.

Dyer also swam in the consolations of the 200-yard backstroke, placing 28th in 2:10.72 and finishing one spot behind freshman teammate Shunei Asao, who was clocked in 2:09.47.

Senior Jamie Nusse was 12th for the Missionaries in the men's 100-yard freestyle in 48.33. Junior Mitchell Lee and sophomore Paul Chang also swam in the event consolations, taking 20th and 22nd, respectively, with times of 49.27 and 49.88.

Claire Collins
Jamie Nusse

First-year swimmer Claire Collins made a strong showing in the 200-breaststroke, placing 13th in a career-best 2:32.19.

Senior Chad Trexler and Mel Notari, another first-year swimmer, placed 20th in their events. Notari posted a time of 2:24.44 in the 200-yard butterfly while Trexler finished the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.08.

Senior Nick Wood, who also swam in the 200-yard breaststroke - finishing 27th in 2:24.18, was one of three Missionaries who placed in the 200-yard butterfly.

Junior Matt Rowett led the way in the butterfly, taking 21st in 2:05.72. Matt Liedtke, also a junior, was 25th in 2:08.56 while Wood was 30th in 2:16.66.

Senior Lauren Flynn was 24th in the 100-yard freestyle while first-year Missionary Keller Hawkins was 33rd in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.97.

The Whitman men's and women's teams both posted top 10 finishes in Sunday's 400-yard freestyle relay. Lee, Rowett, Chang and Nusse placed eighth in 3:15.36. On the women's side, Chapman and Flynn teamed with sophomores Helen Jenne and Charlotte Graham to finish ninth in 3:41.50.

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