J. Nusse, Flynn Pace Swimmers at Invite
News Release Date:
Friday, November 21
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Jamie Nusse placing third in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle, the Whitman College men stroked their way into third place as day one of the annual Northwest Invitational came to a close Friday night at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
Meanwhile, Lauren Flynn finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle as the Missionary women's team slipped into fourth place at the conclusion of day one.
Seven Northwest Conference schools, along with the College of Idaho and Cal State East Bay, are competing in the Northwest Invitational, which concludes Saturday with a second round of morning preliminaries and evening finals.
Whitman racked up 342 points in the men's team scoring to latch onto the third spot.
The Missionaries are 49 points behind second-place Puget Sound and 20 points ahead of fourth-place Pacific Lutheran. The Whitworth men are in first with 463 points.
The Missionary women scored 219 points, well ahead of fifth-place Linfield. The Whitworth women lead with 490 points, followed by Puget Sound with 384 points and Lewis & Clark with 356.
Nusse's third-place time in the men's 500-yard freestyle was 5:02.05. That was almost six seconds faster than his time in the morning preliminaries. The sophomore later added a sixth-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.47.
Flynn, also a sophomore, clocked a fourth-place time of 56.48 in the women's 100-yard freestyle, finishing less than two-tenths of a second out of third. Flynn also swam in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 11th. She finished about five seconds behind first-year teammate Linnea Scott, who was ninth in 5:39.95.
Two Whitman men, senior Ysbrand Nusse and freshman Matt Rowett, posted fourth-place efforts. Nusse was timed in 2:05.12 in the 200-yard individual medley while Rowett swam the 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.37.
Nusse's time moves him into eighth place all-time at Whitman for 200 IM. He also placed fifth in Friday night's 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.34.
With Rowett in the lead, Whitman piled up the points in the 200-yard butterfly. Two more freshmen, Matt Liedtke and Sam Couey, placed sixth and ninth, respectively, while senior Max Hennings was 10th in 2:32.90.
Whitman's best effort in the relays came in the women's 200-yard freestyle. Flynn teamed with senior Courtney Fitzpatrick, junior Chelsea Klinger and sophomore Kate Pringle to take third in 1:46.31, nipping a Puget Sound foursome by three-tenths of a second.
Fitzpatrick also posted a strong time in the 200-yard butterfly, winning the "B" final and placing seventh overall in 2:24.44. That time would have placed her fifth had she been swimming in the "A" final.
George Stanton, a junior, finished eighth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.57 and ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.37. Freshman Chris Bendix was ninth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:12.11. Mitchell Lee, also a freshman, placed 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.23.
For the Whitman women, first-year swimmer Monica Boshart was 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.29, while juniors Chelsea Klinger in the 200-yard backstroke (2:23.56) and Jessie Neill in the 200-yard butterfly (2:44.03) both finished 12th.
- 30 -CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com