Chang Leads Swimmers to Evening Finals

News Release Date:
Saturday, December 4

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Paul Chang posted Saturday morning's 12th-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke and will lead a group of at least four Whitman College swimmers into tonight's finals at the 62nd Annual Husky Invitational Swim Meet in Federal Way, Wash.

Paul Chang

Chang, a sophomore, posted a time of 1:01.22 in the breaststroke, his career-best effort by four-tenths of a second.

Mitchell Lee, a junior, placed 31st (1:04.39) in the same event to qualify for one of three consolation heats slated for tonight. Chad Trexler, a senior, had the 38th-best time (1:04.97) in preliminaries and could join Lee in the last consolation if there are enough scratches.

Keller Hawkins, a first-year swimmer, needed one scratch (and got it) to make tonight's third consolation heat of the women's 100-yard backstroke. She placed 33rd in the preliminaries in 1:01.89, which moves her from third to second on the Missionary career best-times list for that event.

Keller Hawkins

Sophomore Katie Chapman needs a handful of scratches to advance to tonight's consolation heats in the 100-yard butterfly. She finished the morning preliminaries in 37th place with a time of 1:01.54.

Senior Jamie Nusse made the consolation finals in two events. He was 15th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.82) and 30th in the 100-yard backstroke (58.10). Freshman Shunei Asao also made the final consolation heat in the 100 back, posting the 31st-best time (58.44).

Nusse might also have company in the 200 free consolations. Sophomore Kevin Dyer needs two scratches in that event to swim tonight, after placing 34th in the preliminaries in 1:49.99.

Junior Matt Liedtke made the consolation finals in the 100-butterfly. He was 27th in the preliminaries in 54.35.

Sophomore Genay Pilarowski is a long shot for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke, although she posted a career-best time of 1:11.92, which left her in 39th place after the prelims. That time moves her from ninth to sixth on Whitman's career best-times list for that event.

First-year Missionary Claire Colllins, already in fifth place on best-times list for the 100-yard breast, finished right behind Pilarowski with a time of 1:11.95. Ellen Banks, also a first-year swimmer, posted a time of 1:17.52 in the preliminaries.

Other Whitman women and their times/places from this morning's preliminaries:

100-yard butterfly: Mel Notari, 52nd, 1:03.32; Helen Jenne, 55th, 1:03.84; Charlotte Graham, 62nd, 1:04.72; and Pilarowski, 74th, 1:09.11.

200-yard freestyle: Lauren Flynn, 50th, 2:01.45; Jenne, 67th, 2:03.97; Graham, 74th, 2:04.56; Collins, 80th, 2:05.64; Notari, 83rd, 2:07.94; and Banks, 87th, 2:08.23.

100-yard backstroke: Chapman, 58th, 1:05.08; Flynn, 64th, 1:06.19; and Graham, 67th, 1:06.97.

Other Whitman men and their times/places from this morning's preliminaries:

400-yard individual medley: Trexler, 37th, 4:39.12; and Nick Wood, 39th, 4:43.59.

100-yard backstroke: Chang, 40th, 59.74; Dyer, 43rd, 59.94; Trexler, 46th, 1:02.60; Elliott Crane, 47th, 1:02.90; and Liedtke, 48th, 1:04.20.

100-yard breaststroke: Wood, 42nd, 1:05.41.

100-yard butterfly: Matt Rowett, 48th, 56.23; and Lee, 54th, 56.86.

200-yard freestyle: Rowett, 64th, 1:53.89; and Crane, 68th, 1:54.06.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
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