Whit Swimmers Splash to Split Dual Meet Decision at Redlands
News Release Date:
Monday, January 9
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College swim teams, in southern California for a week of semester-break outdoor training, splashed to a split decision against the University of Redlands in a Monday dual meet.
The Whitman men's team ran its dual meet record to 4-0 with a 105-99 victory, but the Missionary women's squad slipped to 3-1 on the season in a 111-94 setback.
Junior Galen Sollom-Brotherton paced the men's victory, winning both the 500-yard (4:44.06) and 1,650-yard (16:34.85) freestyles races and anchoring a Whitman victory in the 400-yard medley relay.
Sollom-Brotherton and junior Paul Chang teamed with freshmen Nic Win and Karl Mering to win the medley relay in 3:33.15, breaking a four-year-old school record by more than two seconds.
Chang, Mering and Win also won individual races, but the Missionary men needed a victory in the final event -- the 200-yard freestyle relay -- to nail down their team triumph.
Mering and Chang swam the first and last legs in the relay finale with senior Mitchell Lee and sophomore Shunei Asao filling the second and third slots. Their winning time was 1:28.58.
Like the men's team, the Whitman women won five of the nine individual races, but Redlands used greater depth and a split in the two relays to outscore the Missionaries.
Whitman got off to a good start with a victory in the women's 400-yard medley. Juniors Genay Pilarowski, Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne teamed with sophomore Keller Hawkins to win the race in 4:11.39, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of the Redlands quartet.
All four Missionary women added individual race wins, and first-year Missionary Ashley Jay added a fifth victory.
Sophomore Ellen Banks joined Hawkins, Jenne and Chapman to fall just short in 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome was clocked in 1:42.80, less than four-tenths of a second behind the Redlands entry.
Jay notched her individual victory in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:36.00. She also placed second in the 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Jenne picked up her victory in the 50-yard freestyle, touching first in 25.68. Pilarowski won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.78.
Chapman posted her win in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.15 while Hawkins took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.91.
While Sollom-Brotherton was winning the men's two freestyle distance races, the Missionaries also got victories from Chang in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.39), Win in the 100-yard backstroke (55.04) and Mering in the 100-yard butterfly (51.92).
Win's season-best time in the backstroke moves him from 10th to fifth on Whitman's all-time list of best times for that event. He also placed second the 400-yard individual medley.
Asao in the 50-yard freestyle and Lee in the 100-yard freestyle posted two more runner-up performances. Senior Chris Bendix finished second to Sollom-Brotherton in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and freshman Kevin O'Leary was the runner-up behind Win in the backstroke.
The Redlands women are now 4-2 in their dual meet season while the Bulldog men are 3-2. Both teams finished second a year ago at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Five members of the Redlands men's team qualified last year for the NCAA Division III national championships, where they placed seventh in the team scoring.
Whitman returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend with dual meets at Linfield on Friday (6 p.m) and Willamette on Saturday (1 p.m.).
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CONTACT: Dave Holden,
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
email@example.com; (509) 527-5902