Six Win Twice as Swimmers Dominate

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 17

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With six swimmers winning two individual events each, the Whitman College swim teams liquified Willamette University in Northwest Conference dual meets Saturday afternoon in the Paul Harvey Pool.

The Whitman men outpointed a small Willamette roster 167-22 while the Missionary women were victorious by a 132-65 count.

Chelsea Klinger
Ysbrand Nusse

Seniors Ysbrand Nusse and Noel Sollom-Brotherton, along with sophomore Jamie Nusse, won two events for the Whitman men. Sophomore Nate Wells and freshmen Matt Liedtke and Chris Bendix also won individual events for the Missionaries.

Junior Chelsea Klinger, sophomore Lauren Flynn and first-year Missionary Linnea Scott were double-winners on the women's side. Junior Jessie Neill also added to Whitman's individual victory total.

Gwen Schulze picked off Willamette's only two individual victories. She won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.38 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:21.75.

Schulze also swam a leg on Willamette's winning relay team in the 400-yard medley.

Nate Wells

The afternoon's best race came between two Whitman teammates. With Missionary swimmers and coaches yelling encouragement from the sidelines, Neill and senior Courtney Fitzpatrick battled down the stretch of the 200-yard butterfly. A strong finishing kick gave Neill the win in 2:32.87.

Sollom-Brotherton also drew a loud roar from the Whitman courtside when he finished off the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:54.03. That time moves him from ninth to fourth place on Whitman's top 10 list for best times in that event.

Chris Bendix

Sollom-Brotherton cracked another top 10 list in winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.97. That is the ninth best time ever posted by a Whitman swimmer in that event.

Ysbrand Nusse won both the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.24) and 200-yard backstroke (2:03.93) with junior standout Eric Molnar, just back from a a study abroad semester, placing second in both races.  

Nusse's younger brother, Jamie Nusse, notched his wins in the 50-yard (22.71) and 100-yard (49.70) freestyle races. Freshman Mitchell Lee was the runner-up in both events. 

Bendix won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.05, which moves him into sixth place all-time at Whitman for that race. Liedtke made his mark in the 200-yard butterfly, touching first in 2:09.26. Wells won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:12.64. 

In the women's meet, Flynn just missed her career-best time in the 50-yard freestyle (25.72), winning in 25.76. She also won the 100-yard freestyle in 56.44.

Klinger also won a pair of freestyle events, taking the 200-yarder in 2:05.58 and the 500-yarder in 5:41.31. Scott's two wins came in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:28.46) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:44.57). She edged teammate Monica Boshart by just over three-tenths of a second in the breaststroke.

Linnea Scott

The Whitman men won both of relay events. Molnar and Wood teamed with senior Colin Gibson and freshman Matt Rowett to win the 400-yard medley. Lee, Sollom-Brotherton and the Nusse brothers formed the winning quartet in the 400-yard freestyle.

In the women's 400-yard freestyle relay, it was Flynn, Fitzpatrick, Scott and junior Kendi Thomas taking first.

The Willamette women won the 400-yard medley relay with Schulze teaming with Janelle Higashida, Kara Koetje and Hanna Connett. 

Saturday's meet polished off a busy few weeks for the Whitman swimmers. They capped a week of intensive training in southern California with a relay meet on Wednesday and then hosted dual meets on Friday and Saturday.

"That was our peak training for the season in southern California," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said.  "Each day we swam two to three times as much as we could in a normal at school during the fall semester. We worked incredibly hard, so we were swimming very tired this weekend. We still had some stellar performances -- too many to name."

Meet Results 

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