Men Beat Pacific, Women Split Double Dual

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 8

Women's Final Score Changes: What appeared to be a Northwest Conference 55-45 dual meet victory for the Whitman women's swim team (see original news release below) turned into a dual meet loss when Pacific University officials discovered and reported a scoring mistake on Monday.

The computerized scoring mistake took place in the meet's first event, the 400-yard medley relay. Pacific's "A" Team won the race, but the the scoring problem placed them fourth, with two Whitman teams placing first and third.

Once scoring for that relay event was corrected, the Pacific women's team ended up with the dual meet victory by a 52-43 margin. 

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 WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With four swimmers winning two events each, the Whitman College swim teams stroked their way past two more opponents in dual meets Saturday afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore.

Junior Noel Sollom-Brotherton, sophomore Jamie Nusse and freshman Chris Bendix each won two events as the Missionary men swamped Pacific University, the meet host, by a 127-62 margin.

In a women's double-dual meet, sophomore Laura Flynn won two races to power Whitman past Pacific 55-45 and Mills College 77-18. Senior Courtney Fitzpatrick, junior Chelsea Klinger and first-year Missionary Linnea Scott also won individual events.

"We were very pleased with how everyone swam today," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Some of our new swimmers tried new events and did a great job." 

Sollom-Brotherton clocked a strong early season time in winning the 200-yard backstroke. His time, 2:00.38, moves him into fourth place all-time at Whitman. He also won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.00.

Bendix cracked Whitman's top 10 list of times in the 1,000-yard freestyle, winning that event in 10:43.93. That moves him into ninth place at Whitman. His other victory came with a time of 2:26.18 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Nusse's two victories came in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.93) and 500-yard freestyle (5:05.12). Sophomore Chad Trexler and senior Max Hennings gave Whitman a 1-2-3 sweep at the 500-yard distance. 

Two freshmen, Matt Liedtke and Mitchell Lee, also won individual events for the Whitman men. Liedtke won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:13.36 while Lee was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.20.

In the women's dual, Flynn won both the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.22) and 100-yard backstroke (57.36). Other winners for Whitman were Fitzpatrick in the 200-yard butterfly (2:31.38), Klinger in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:48.44) and Scott in the 500-yard freestyle (5:46.71).

Two first-year swimmers, Lena Page and Monica Boshart, teamed with junior Jessie Neill and sophomore Jeraldine Enriquez to win the 400-yard medley relay.

The victories over Pacific give both Whitman teams a 2-0 dual meet record to start the Northwest Conference season. The victory over California's Mills College counts as a non-conference win for the Missionary women.

Meet Results 

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