Nusse, Dyer Clock Best Preliminary Times

News Release Date:
Friday, December 3

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The times were fast and competition tough Friday morning in the first preliminaries of the 62nd Annual Husky Invitational Swim Meet in Federal Way, Wash., but Whitman College swimmers managed to post a few Missionary highlights.

Jamie Nusse and Kevin Dyer paced a group of five Whitman men who advanced to the evening finals in two freestyle events.

Kevin Dyer
Jamie Nusse

And while Helen Jenne and Katie Chapman just missed advancing in the women's 50-yard freestyle, both swimmers inched their way up Whitman's career best-times list for that event.

Nusse, a senior captain, swam his 50-yard freestyle preliminary in 21.63, posting the 17th-best time in a field of more than 80 competitors. He will swim in one of tonight's four consolation finals.

Other Missionaries qualifying in the men's 50-free were Mitchell Lee (22.66), Paul Chang (22.68) and Shunei Asao (22.90).

Dyer, slowed by illness this week, swam the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.05, nailing down the 24th and final spot in tonight's consolation finals.

In the preliminaries of the women's 50 free, Jenne and Chapman clocked identical times of 25.46 to make a five-woman "swim-off" for the last spot in the evening consolation finals. Neither swimmer could match that time in the swim-off and failed to advance.

Their time in the preliminaries, however, moves Jenne and Chapman into a tie for fifth place on Whitman's career best-times list for that event.

Lauren Flynn also came close to advancing to the 50 free finals, posting a time of 25.55 in the preliminaries. Other Missionaries in the event, which attracted 110 competitors, were Keller Hawkins (26.33), Ellen Banks (26.66), Charlotte Graham (26.69), and Mel Notari (27.89).

Katie Chapman
Helen Jenne

Swimming the 500-yard freestyle for the first time this season, Claire Collins finished 43rd (5:35.26) in a group of nearly 70 swimmers. Chapman (5:41.58) and Notari (5:52.99) also swam in the event.

Flynn swam the women's 200-yard individual medley (IM) for the first, posting a solid time of 2:20.97 but failing to advance to the evening finals. Graham was close behind (2:21.50) while Hawkins (2:22.94) and Genay Pilarowski (2:32.21) also swam in the race.

Chang had Whitman's best showing in the preliminaries of the men's 200-yard IM, posting a time of 2:05.36 and placing 47th among more than 80 swimmers. Others in the event for Whitman were Lee (2:06.94), Matt Rowett (2:07.95), Chad Trexler (2:10.67), Asao (2:11.96) and Matt Liedtke (2:15.51).

Elliott Crane swam in two events, clocking times of 5:23.09 in the 500-yard freestyle and 24.03 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Whitman teams will also compete tonight in the men's and women's relay events.

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