Nusse, Klinger Pace Whitman Swimmers

News Release Date:
Friday, October 31

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Ysbrand Nusse and Chelsea Klinger had the top performances for the Whitman College swim teams Friday night at the annual Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon, which Pacific University hosted at the Forest Grove (Ore.) Aquatic Center.

Nusse, a senior, finished seventh overall in the men's competition while Klinger, a junior, was 16th on the women's side. Nusse's younger brother Jamie Nusse, a sophomore, and freshman Matt Rowett also posted good performances, placing 15th and 19th, respectively.

The season-opening pentathlon ranked swimmers on their combined times for five events -- the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard sprints in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. 

Ysbrand Nusse was clocked in 2:43.30 for his five events. That's about 1.6 seconds less than his time from last's year pentathlon, when he placed 12th overall.

In placing 15th in 2:49.21, Jamie Nusse moved up 12 spots from a year ago. Rowett's 19th-place total time was 2:52.34. Others cracking the top 50 for the Whitman men were freshman Chris Bendix 33rd, junior Nick Hurlburt 35th, sophomore Nick Wood 38th, freshman Matt Liedtke 41st, and sophomore Chad Trexler 48th.

In placing 16th for a second straight year in the women's competition, Klinger registered a combined time of 3:13.24. She finished less than one second out of 11th place.

Becca Young, one of Whitman's first-year swimmers, had the next best finish for the Whitman women's team, placing 44th. Monica Boshart, another first-year Missionary, placed 48th.  

In the men's team scoring, Whitman finished fourth among seven schools with 92 points. Puget Sound was first with 284 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran with 175 and Linfield with 126. Rounding out the men's field were Pacific 61.50, Willamette 36, and Lewis & Clark .50.

The Whitman women's team, which lost a handful of key swimmers to graduation last spring, placed sixth with 20 points. Other women's team scores were Puget Sound 258, Lewis & Clark 240.50, Pacific 150, Pacific Lutheran 60, Linfield 27.50, and Willamette 18.

Friday's competition attracted about 80 men and more than 100 women.

Swimming continues on Saturday when Lewis & Clark hosts the annual NWC Relay Meet. That event starts at 11 a.m.

NWC Sprint Pentathlon results 

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