Whit Swimmers Take Fourth at NW Invite

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 22

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Both Whitman College swim teams finished fourth as the two-day Northwest Invitational came to a close Saturday night at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.

"Our men's team was in second place at one point today, ahead of both Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "That was exciting. I think our men's team  made an impression on the rest of the conference this weekend."

"Our women also had a really good meet," Blomme said. "They were a solid fourth all the way through."

Chris Bendix
Linnea Scott

Whitworth and Puget Sound finished first and second, respectively, in both men's and women's team scoring. Lewis & Clark was third on the women's side while the Pacific Lutheran men scored 655 points to edge their Whitman counterparts out of third by just 34 points.

The meet attracted seven of the Northwest Conference schools. College of Idaho and Cal State East Bay also entered teams.

Senior Ysbrand Nusse had Whitman's best finish, placing second in the men's 400-yard individual medley in 4:32.42. Younger brother Jamie Nusse, a sophomore, was third in the men's 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.63. Freshman Chris Bendix was fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:35.80.

Senior Courtney Fitzpatrick, who was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.76, was the top performer for the Whitman women. Junior Chelsea Klinger in the 400-yard individual medley (5:04.71) and first-year swimmer Linnea Scott in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:59.50) placed fifth in their events.

Whitman's best result in Saturday's relays came in the men's 200-yard medley. Junior George Stanton and sophomore Nick Wood teamed with freshmen Matt Liedtke and Mitchell Lee placed third in 1:44.04.

Chelsea Klinger
Chad Trexler

"We had a bunch of great swims today," Blomme said.

Lauren Flynn, a sophomore, won the "B" Final and placed seventh overall in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.17. Had she clocked that time in the championship final heat, she would have placed fourth.

Wood and sophomore Chad Trexler finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley in near identical times of 4:50.38 and 4:50.73.

Trexler added an eighth-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Brian Wakefield was close behind in 10th while Wood placed 11th and Bendix finished 12th.

Stanton posted posted a strong early season time (57.84) in placing eighth in the men's 100-yard backstroke. Lee cracked the 23-second barrier in the 50-yard freestyle, placing eighth in 22.98.

Colin Gibson, a junior, finished 12th in the 200-yard freestyle while sophomore Nate Wells
placed 13th in the 1,650-yard freestyle. 

Sophomore Jeraldine Enriquez was 11th in the 100-yard butterfly. Klinger in the women's 200-yard breaststroke and sophomore Kate Pringle in the 50-yard freestyle placed 12th.

Evening Finals

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