Swimmers Win to Open Dual Meet Season
News Release Date:
Friday, November 7
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Buoyed by wins in the concluding relay races, the Whitman College swim teams opened their dual meet season with a pair of down-to-the wire victories Friday night at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
The Whitman women were victorious by a razor-thin 101-99 margin. The Missionary men notched a 108-96 triumph.
"It was a great way to start the season," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.
"I really thought our women's team was the underdog going into the meet, and it's been awhile since our men have beaten Linfield. We also were missing two key seniors because of academic conflicts, and we've had some injury and illness problems this week. So, it was great to see both of our teams pull out victories at the end."
With the Linfield women clinging to a 95-90 lead heading to the final event, junior Chelsea Klinger and sophomores Lauren Flynn and Kate Pringle teamed with first-year Missionary Becca Young to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:46.33. They edged their Linfield counterparts by less than four-tenths of a second.
The Whitman men held a 95-92 lead headed to the 200-yard freestyle relay, but they also needed to win to take the dual meet decision. Senior Noel Sollom-Brotherton and sophomore Jamie Nusse teamed with freshmen Matt Rowett and Mitchell Lee to take the checkered flag in 1:31.49, beating their Wildcat competitors by more than three seconds.
In the women's individual events, Whitman got two victories each from Klinger and another of its first-year swimmers, Linnea Scott. Klinger won both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events, while Scott registered a herculean effort in the longer freestyle distances. After winning the 1,650-yard race by a wide margin early in the meet, Scott came back later to win again at 500 yards, edging a Linfield swimmer by less than two-tenths of a second.
"Linnea's race in the 500 was close all the way, but she had enough left to out-touch the other swimmer at the very end," Blomme said. "That was a great race for Linnea."
Flynn in the 50-yard freestyle was the only other individual event winner for the Whitman women. But first-year Missionaries Monica Boshart and Alyssa Bader finished second and third in the 100-yard breastroke, and sophomore Ali Schlueter was fourth in that event.
In the men's individual events, Sollom-Brotherton was a double-winner in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Nusse won the 100-yard freestyle and finished second to his teammate, Lee, in the 50-yard freestyle. Lee's preseason workouts were slowed signficantly by injury.
Lee also teamed with Bendix, Rowett and senior Colin Gibson to win the meet's opening relay, the 200-yard medley. Bendix added a second-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle, and junior George Stanton took second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Ysbrand Nusse and Courtney Fitzpatrick, two of Whitman's top seniors, missed Friday's meet because of academic conflict.
Whitman continues its dual meet season Saturday at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The meet begins at noon.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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