Flynn Wins Twice for Whitman Swimmers

News Release Date:
Friday, January 30

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Lauren Flynn won her two individual events, and three of her Missionary teammates also won races, but the University of Puget Sound swim teams coasted to a pair of Northwest Conference dual meet triumphs Friday night in Tacoma, Wash.

The Loggers rang up big leads through the first 18 events and wrapped up victory totals of 109-90 in the women's meet and 111-89 on the men's side.

Lauren Flynn

Whitman returns home Saturday to conclude its regular season with a non-conference dual meet with the College of Idaho. That meet starts at 3 p.m. in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center's Paul Harvey Pool. Five Whitman seniors will be honored prior to the first events.

Flynn posted her two wins in the 50-meter freestyle (29.04) and 100-meter freestyle (1:02.84). Puget Sound's pool is measured in meters as opposed to yards.

"Lauren's races were something to behold," Whitman swim coach Jenn Blomme said.

Flynn also swam the anchor leg as the Missionary 200-meter freestyle relay placed a close second in 1:59.35, finishing one second behind the winner. "She passed one competitor and with five more meters could have easily won the race."  

Other Whitman swimmers in that relay were senior Courtney Fitzpatrick and juniors Chelsea Klinger and Kendi Thomas

Two of Whitman's first-year swimmers won the 1,500-meter freestyle events. Chris Bendix won the men's race in 17:22.78 while Linnea Scott finished the women's race in 19:08.13.

Jamie Nusse

Sophomore Jamie Nusse won a three-way battle in the men's 200-meter freestyle. He was first 2:00.68, nipping Puget Sound's Jack Zaharchuk by 13 one-hundredths of a second. Whitman senior Noel Sollom-Brotherton was a close third in 2:01.06.

Nusse added a second-place showing in the 100-meter freestyle while Sollom-Brotherton was the runner-up in the 400-meter freestyle.

The night's "most exciting race" came in the men's 200-meter freestyle relay, where Sollom-Brotherton and Nusse teamed with senior Ysbrand Nusse and freshman Mitchell Lee for a winning time of 1:41.22. "It was close all the way," but the Missionary quartet nipped their Puget Sound counterparts by seven one-hundredths of a second." 

Late in the meet, Whitman got "scoring" wins in the two 100-meter breatstroke events from first-year swimmer Monica Boshart (1:23.06) and junior George Stanton (1:13.62). Puget Sound swimmers won both of those races, but with a comfortable lead in the team scoring, the Loggers stopped scoring its competitors. 

Others placing second for the Missionaries included Klinger in the 200-meter freestyle, Thomas in the 200-meter individual medley, and junior Eric Molnar in the 100-meter butterfly. 

Meet Results

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