Four Whits Make Championship Swim Finals

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 22

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College seniors Ysbrand Nusse and Courtney Fitzpatrick, along with junior Chelsea Klinger and sophomore Jamie Nusse, will race tonight in the championship finals of individual events as the two-day Northwest Invitational concludes at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.

All four Missionary swimmers qualified by placing in the top six of their respective events during Saturday morning preliminaries.

Ysbrand Nusse had the morning's second-best time in the men's 400-yard individual medley. His younger brother Jamie Nusse was fourth in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle.

On the women's side, Klinger in the 400-yard individual medley and Fitzpatrick in the 100-yard butterfly finished fourth in their preliminary races.

Tonight's finals begin at 5:30 p.m. The finals of the 1,650-yard freestyle (an event with no preliminaries) are taking place this afternoon.

Based on this morning's preliminaries, several Missionaries will swim tonight in the "B" finals, which is for swimmers who finished from seventh through 12th in the prelims.

Klinger, in addition her fourth-place showing in the 400 IM, had the morning's 11th-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke. Other women making the "B" finals were three sophomores: Lauren Flynn (7th, 200-yard freestyle), Kate Pringle (10th, 50-yard freestyle), and Jeraldine Enriquez (12th, 100-yard butterfly).  

Sophomore Chad Trexler made the B finals in two events. He was seventh in the preliminaries in the 200-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 400 IM. Counting Trexler, four of the six swimmers in the breaststroke B final will be Missionaries. Freshman Chris Bendix qualified in the ninth spot, ahead of sophomore teammates Brian Wakefield (10th) and Nick Wood (12th).

Wood will also swim the B final in the 400 IM, after finishing just behind Trexler in the preliminaries of that event.

Freshman Mitchell Lee made the B finals of the 50-yard freestyle, placing eighth in the prelims. Junior George Stanton was ninth in the 100-yard backstroke to make the B final in that event.  

A number of Missionary swimmers also advanced through the preliminaries to make tonight's "C" finals (see link below for complete results of the preliminaries). Those finals are for swimmers who finished from 13th through 18th in the morning races. 

Seven Northwest Conference schools, along with the College of Idaho and Cal State East Bay, are competing in this year's Northwest Invitational. 

Morning Preliminaries

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